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Sep

2017

6 Ways the IRS Budget Cut Affects Taxpayers

The White House is saying “snip, snip” to the IRS’s budget this year, but not for the first time. The agency’s allowance has been cut by 20 pe...

4

Aug

2017

What is the IRS Debt Forgiveness Program?

If you owe the IRS and can't pay, you may qualify for the IRS Debt Forgiveness Program. (more…)...

1

Aug

2017

A Taxpayer’s Guide to Private IRS Debt Collectors

Do you know who is collecting your tax debt? The IRS has called for backup from the private sector, and these four companies could be coming after ...

11

Jul

2017

4 Things to Look for in a Tax Debt Resolution Company

If you owe the IRS and don’t know where to start, then you’re one of over 8 million Americans who are in the same boat. And while many financial ...

7

Jul

2016

How Much Vacation Fun Can You Write Off On Your Taxes?

With summertime in full swing, you may be considering some much-needed time away from home. Whatever your travel plans, you might want to consider w...

5

Jul

2016

Taking Tax Breaks for Your Vehicle Expenses

You probably take for granted just how much time you spend in your car every week. What you do notice is the cost you incur for fuel, general main...

30

Jun

2016

What Happens to Your Tax Debt When You Die?

Planning the logistics of your departure from this world may not be a comfortable activity, but a little time and energy on your part can save those...

28

Jun

2016

Should You Be Filing an FBAR?

If you hold a foreign bank account, you may need to file a foreign bank account report (FBAR) by the June 30th deadline. Additionally, if you owe taxe...

23

Jun

2016

After "I Do": Handling Tax Debt In Marriage

Marriage is more than just having someone "to have and to hold" -- it can make handling your taxes easier and provide unique benefits. You have the...

21

Jun

2016

Taxes in the Sharing Economy

You may have heard about how ordinary, average people are now making a living through a variety of unusual jobs. These include renting a room in a hou...

16

Jun

2016

Tax Debt and Your Job

Discovering that you owe tax debt can be a truly stressful (and embarrassing) experience. Your IRS problems may even spread beyond the relative com...

14

Jun

2016

Estimated Tax Deadline June 15th

Taxpayers who earn income which requires them to estimate and pay their taxes will be required to perform their quarterly task on June 15th. This dead...

9

Jun

2016

Tax Debt and Your Credit Score

If you owe back taxes, the IRS does not report the debt to credit agencies. In other words, your credit report does not show any balance due for taxes...

7

Jun

2016

Scam Alert: The “Federal Student Tax”

A new tax scam targeting students has been quickly gaining momentum. Scammers are making calls to demand payment of a non-existent tax, which they cal...

2

Jun

2016

How Do I Find Out How Much I Owe?

Taxpayers that owe back taxes receive an IRS notice regarding payment. This notice includes the amount owed, the due date for payment, IRS penalties a...

31

May

2016

CP523 Notice – Intent to Terminate Your Installment Agreement

The IRS sends CP523 Notice to inform taxpayers that they have defaulted on their Installment Agreement. Non-payment of the monthly payment will lead t...

26

May

2016

Reminder of Balance Due CP501/CP502

Taxpayers receive Notice CP501/CP502 when they owe taxes to the IRS. Usually, incorrect deductions or credits, or excluding certain income on a return...

24

May

2016

Final Notice of Intent to Levy – CP90

Notice CP90 is received when a taxpayer owes back taxes, and did not respond to earlier IRS notices regarding payment. This is the final notice a taxp...

19

May

2016

Notice of Deficiency – CP3219

Notice CP3219 is also known as the “90 day letter”, or the statutory notice of deficiency. Taxpayers receive this notice when the IRS has determin...

17

May

2016

Notice of Underreported Income – CP-2000

Taxpayers receive notice CP-2000 if they do not report income on their return that was reported to the IRS by a payer. Also, if the IRS believes that ...

12

May

2016

You Have a Balance Due – CP14

Filing your return is sometimes not your only contact with the IRS for the year. If the tax agency finds errors on your return that lead to a tax asse...

10

May

2016

You Didn't File a Tax Return – CP59

The IRS sends Notice CP59 when a taxpayer does not file his or her tax return. If you were required to file and you did not file your return, you migh...

5

May

2016

Small Business and Taxes

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business. Since 1963, America has been celebrating the National Small Business Week fro...

3

May

2016

The Best Tax Tips for Teachers

It’s National Teacher’s Day today! In recognition of teachers and their work, here are some deductions for educators that can help save tax dollar...

28

Apr

2016

Turn Spring Cleaning into Tax Savings

Spring cleaning and discovering piles of used household items can help save you tax dollars. By donating used clothing, electrical appliances, jewelry...

26

Apr

2016

Spring Clean Your Tax Records

Keeping all your tax documents forever can lead to clutter and confusion. In the interest of making tax filing simple every year, it’s good to know ...

21

Apr

2016

Environmental Tax Breaks

Saving the environment sometimes has the added benefit of paying less in taxes. Individuals and businesses purchasing or using energy-efficient system...

19

Apr

2016

Here's What To Do If You Can't Pay Your Tax Bill

The tax-filing season is over in most states, except in Maine and Massachusetts. Taxpayers that could not pay their tax bill have various options to a...

14

Apr

2016

Last Minute Tax Mistakes to Avoid

Mistakes on a tax return can lead to needing to file an amended return and a delay for your refund. The last-minute rush often causes taxpayers to cre...

12

Apr

2016

Common Tax Deductions to Reduce Your Tax Bill

Individuals and businesses can reduce their tax liability by claiming tax deductions on their return. If you are doing last-minute return preparation,...

7

Apr

2016

IRS Phone Scam Update!

The IRS has issued a warning against the most dangerous and widespread tax scam that taxpayers may encounter: the IRS phone scam. Over 5,000 victims h...

5

Apr

2016

What is Phishing?

When Internet fraudsters impersonate legitimate business to attempt to steal your personal information, it is called phishing. They use fake emails, w...

31

Mar

2016

When You Need More Time: Extension Form 4868

There are less than three weeks remaining in the 2016 tax-filing season. Taxpayers that cannot file their tax return by the April 18 deadline or are m...

29

Mar

2016

Healthcare Tax Forms: The 1095 Family

Those that bought health insurance from the Marketplace may need to determine if they are required to make shared responsibility payments or are eligi...

24

Mar

2016

What are Schedule K-1s?

Schedule K-1 (Form 1065, Partner’s Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc.) is filed by partnerships to report to the IRS their share of income, ...

22

Mar

2016

What Do I Do With These 1099-INT & 1099-DIV Forms?

Many taxpayers do not receive income solely from wages; income may also come from investments and interest. If taxpayers receive income from interest,...

17

Mar

2016

Reporting Your Gambling Winnings: Form W-2G

Gambling income, including winnings in a jackpot, race, raffle or contest are considered taxable income and must be reported on your tax return. If yo...

15

Mar

2016

FATCA and Form 8938

Any asset in a foreign financial institution that exceeds a certain amount needs to be reported to the IRS. Failure to report can lead to a heavy pena...

8

Mar

2016

Are Social Security Benefits Taxable? Your Form SSA-1099

If the only income you received last year was your social security benefits, you may not be required to pay taxes on them or file a tax return. Howeve...

3

Mar

2016

Online Income and the 1099-K

If you are a business and accept payments online, you will receive Form 1099-K, Payment Card and Third Party Network Transactions from credit card or ...

1

Mar

2016

Don't throw out that 1099-C!

Form 1099-C is used to report cancellation of debt if the cancelled debt amount is $600 or more. The lender is required to file form 1099-C to the IRS...

25

Feb

2016

Top 5 Reasons Not to Procrastinate Filing Your Taxes

Taxpayers have until April 18, 2016 to file their tax return, but delaying the process can create problems. Even when complying with tax laws, having ...

23

Feb

2016

Free Tax Return Preparation: VITA and TCE

Qualifying taxpayers can get free return preparation help with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) sites a...

18

Feb

2016

When Choosing a Tax Professional

Hiring a return preparer sometimes becomes necessary when taxes are more complicated than simple calculations. A professional with knowledge of the ta...

16

Feb

2016

Tax Preparation Software

Preparing a tax return using software is affordable, compared to hiring a return preparer. Even still, return filers need to know how dependable softw...

11

Feb

2016

Paper Tax Returns: How and Where to File

A large number of taxpayers still prefer to file paper tax returns. For those who are not computer savvy, paper filing is preferable to electronic fil...

9

Feb

2016

IRS Free File: Do Your Federal Taxes for Free

The IRS offers free tax return preparation for those earning less than $62,000. Filers who are employees, employers or self-employed can choose from 1...

4

Feb

2016

IRS.gov as a Tax Filing Resource

The simplest way to prepare and file a tax return for free, download tax forms, check refund status, and more is to use the IRS website. The IRS encou...

2

Feb

2016

Do I Need to File a Tax Return?

Even if you earned income in 2015, you might not need to prepare a tax return this filing season. Generally, if your total yearly income is below your...

28

Jan

2016

What to Do When Tax ID Theft Happens to You

Usually, a victim becomes aware of ID theft when their refund doesn’t reach them or they are informed about a duplicate tax return filed in their na...

26

Jan

2016

How Do I Prevent Tax Related ID Theft?

Taxpayers are most vulnerable to identity theft early in the tax season. Identity thieves attempt to file a fraudulent tax return before their victim ...

21

Jan

2016

How to File for Free This Year

Filing tax returns electronically is fast and secure, and generally makes the processing of your return faster. There are a variety of ways to file yo...

19

Jan

2016

Tax Season Starts Today!

The 2016 tax season starts today, January 19, and will end on April 18, 2016. The filing deadline has been extended to April 18 because the Emancipati...

14

Jan

2016

Ty Warner: Hiding Assets Abroad

Ty Warner, the owner of Beanie Babies, and Ty. Inc., was found guilty of tax evasion. In 1996, Warner deposited $80 million at UBS AG in Switzerland w...

12

Jan

2016

Leona Helmsley: Mixing Business with Personal

Leona Helmsley was rich and famous, and called herself the “hotel queen”. But in her 71st year, she found herself being awarded another title: tax...

7

Jan

2016

Al Capone: Criminal Earnings are Taxable Income

Al Capone was a famous gangster who was charged with the most severe tax crime: tax evasion. After he was imprisoned for just nine months for carrying...

5

Jan

2016

Wesley Snipes: Frivolous Tax Arguments

Actor Wesley Snipes, star of the “Blade” movie series, became a poster child for celebrity tax troubles in the 2000’s when he was convicted of w...

31

Dec

2015

End of the Year Tips: Prepare Your Records

Preparing your tax and financial records for 2015 will help you to keep track of your income, expenditures, savings and taxes. These four elements are...

29

Dec

2015

End of the Year Tips: Start Looking for a Tax Preparer

Tax season begins on January 19, 2016. Filing your tax return early in the season can help you to avoid falling victim to identity theft. It also mean...

24

Dec

2015

End of the Year Tips: Contribute to an Education Savings Account

If you have a 529 plan, you may consider using a Coverdell Education Savings Account (ESA) as well. It supports a 529 perfectly and helps you to save ...

22

Dec

2015

End of the Year Tips: Estimate Your Tax Liability

Paying too much or too little in taxes calls for a review of your withholding. If you paid too much in taxes, you essentially gave an interest-free lo...

17

Dec

2015

End of the Year Tips: Itemize vs Standard Deduction

You are no doubt used to taking either the standard deduction or itemized deduction when you file taxes. If there was no major change in your financia...

15

Dec

2015

End of the Year Tips: Review Your Withholding

If you received a big tax refund last year, you might be withholding more than you are required to. Excess withholdings mean that you are essentially ...

10

Dec

2015

End of the Year Tips: Harvest Any Losses Against Gains

A capital loss is incurred when you sell an asset for less value than its purchase price. Capital losses are bad for your finances, but they can be go...

8

Dec

2015

End of the Year Tips: Max Out Retirement Contributions

Saving for the future has several benefits. You pay less in taxes, ensure your retirement years are secure and qualify for tax breaks. The simplest wa...

3

Dec

2015

End of the Year Tips: Make Charitable Contributions

Any taxpayer that donates to a qualified charity can reduce his or her tax bill. Regardless of the amount or the number of items donated, deductions f...

1

Dec

2015

End of the Year Tips: Defer Income

The end of the year is the appropriate time to make financial adjustments to lower your tax bill for the year. Making adjustments in income can make a...

27

Nov

2015

The Taxpayer Advocate

The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is an independent organization within the IRS that provides free assistance to taxpayers in resolving tax problems...

24

Nov

2015

What is TIGTA?

The Treasury of Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) was established to provide independent oversight of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ac...

19

Nov

2015

Penalty Abatement

IRS penalties can be forgiven under certain situations. If an IRS officer or employee provides erroneous written advice to a taxpayer, then the IRS wi...

17

Nov

2015

The IRS Fresh Start Program

The IRS relaxed many qualifying restrictions under its Fresh Start program to make it easier for individuals to resolve their back taxes. Taxpayers ca...

12

Nov

2015

Partial Payment Plans

The IRS accepts partial payments in installments if a taxpayer is financially incapable of making the full payment of tax debt. These payments are mad...

10

Nov

2015

The Statute of Limitations on Tax Debt

The statute of limitations for a tax debt is the time period of ten years the IRS gets to collect back taxes. If the IRS is unable to collect any tax ...

5

Nov

2015

Taxpayer Bill of Rights

The IRS adopted the Taxpayer Bill of Rights as proposed by Nina Olson, the National Taxpayer Advocate, after it was determined that many taxpayers wer...

3

Nov

2015

IRS Online Services

To make it easier for taxpayers to file, report, and make inquiries, the IRS offers various online services such as Where’s My Refund?, Online Payme...

30

Oct

2015

The American Tax Scam Massacre

In the convenient spirit of Halloween, it seems appropriate to indulge in a little exaggeration to underscore a pervasive American horror: tax scams. ...

29

Oct

2015

The Chilling IRS Audits

The IRS can be scary when they take a closer look at your tax returns and finances to find mistakes and discrepancies. IRS audits can be upsetting eve...

27

Oct

2015

The Scary Facts of FATCA

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) was enacted in 2010 to combat tax evasion by U.S. persons holding unaccounted income in offshore accoun...

22

Oct

2015

Calamitous Collection Actions

The IRS initiates collection action when taxes are not paid on time or paid in full. The financial condition of the taxpayer does not initially factor...

20

Oct

2015

How Liens Affect You Negatively

Federal tax liens are more damaging than other liens because the IRS is not required to file a lawsuit against the taxpayer beforehand. If they have s...

15

Oct

2015

Civil Forfeiture

Civil asset forfeiture is the legal process by which law enforcement agemts, including IRS officers, can seize assets (cash, car, home, etc.) from a p...

13

Oct

2015

The Horror of Refund Offsets

Maybe the only attractive aspect of tax season is receiving a refund. But when the amount received is only a portion of the original refund amount, or...

8

Oct

2015

SFR and the Effects of Unfiled Years

An SFR is a Substitute for Return - a Form 1040. It is a tax return that the IRS files on the behalf of a taxpayer that failed to file his/her tax ret...

6

Oct

2015

Pernicious IRS Penalties

The IRS charges a variety of penalties for different kinds of non-compliances. They typically will charge either a civil penalty or criminal penalty, ...

1

Oct

2015

Chilling Facts About Revenue Officers

Revenue officers are highly skilled employees of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) who are responsible for collecting back taxes and resolving tax de...

29

Sep

2015

Closing a Business

Among the logistical responsibilities that come with closing a business, some important tax-related steps need to be taken. Specifically you need to r...

24

Sep

2015

State Sales Tax Responsibilities

Calculating and collecting sales tax is one of the most difficult parts of running a small business. The U.S. has no federal sales tax that applies to...

23

Sep

2015

Tax Tips on Extended Tax Filing

This Tax year, nearly 13 million taxpayers applied to the IRS for extending their tax filing date due to some financial constraints, this extra time i...

22

Sep

2015

Dealing with Payroll Tax Debt

All businesses are required to deduct payroll taxes from their employees’ paycheck and deposit them to the IRS. Mistakes made with tax duties can le...

17

Sep

2015

Mixing Business with Personal

If you deduct personal expenses as business expenses, the IRS may conduct an audit; and ask you to remove the incorrect deductions and pay the balance...

17

Sep

2015

Audit Red Flags of the IRS

There are few chances that you get caught in the Tax Audit. Still, you should care of the following points from IRS to steer clear of a tax audit proc...

15

Sep

2015

Estimated Tax Payments

If your income is not subject to withholding, you may need to pay estimated taxes. Usually, corporations and those who are self-employed pay estimated...

10

Sep

2015

Foreclosure, Cancelled Debt & Taxes

Foreclosure is a procedure which entails a mortgaged property being sold by the lender after a borrower defaults on payments. If the selling of the pr...

8

Sep

2015

Dishonest Tax Pros and Tax Debt

Most tax professionals are honest, but some fraudulent preparers take advantage of unsuspecting taxpayers. Unscrupulous preparers may file false tax r...

3

Sep

2015

Online Income – Taxes for Online Sellers

If you are a seller on eBay, Amazon or other online retail platforms, you need to pay income tax on profits from sales if they surpass a certain thres...

1

Sep

2015

Taxes and Retirement Distributions

“Are my retirement savings taxed?” is a question many retirement account holders ask. Usually, your retirement savings are not taxed until you ret...

27

Aug

2015

Taxes on Legal Settlements

When you receive proceeds from a legal settlement, you may not need to pay certain taxes, depending upon the circumstances. Here are some points to co...

25

Aug

2015

Business vs. Hobby: An Important Distinction

It is vital to know the difference between a business and a hobby when it comes to taxes. Many times, a hobby turns into a business without the hobbyi...

20

Aug

2015

Claiming Dependents & Tax Debt

Your young child may be a dependent that you can claim on your tax return. But determining the status of dependents other than your own children is no...

18

Aug

2015

Will my spouse's tax debt affect me?

Yes. If your spouse owes back taxes or other federal debts, it can affect your refund, but only if you file your return jointly. The interested agency...

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