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How to Report Garage Sale Profits & Hobbies on Taxes

Summer is the season to finally clean out the toddler’s toy bin and rinse off your Aunt Erma’s “antique” china. Why? Because we love junk. In fact, the U.S. hosts over

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June 13, 2018

Business Owners: Estimated Tax Deadline is June 15

The Estimated Tax Deadline is June 15 – Are You Ready? Business owners: A friendly reminder that your quarterly estimated tax deadline is June 15! If you earn income that

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June 5, 2018

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8 Tips for Tax Identity Theft Protection to Learn Before It’s Too Late

Preventing & Recovering from Tax Identity Theft “I wish someone would intercept my big tax refund,” said no one ever. But when tax identity theft enters the scene, that’s exactly

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May 18, 2018

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Tax Balance Due: 3 Steps to Address IRS Notice CP14

Three Steps to Address an IRS Notice CP14 Unfortunately, filing your tax return isn’t always your only contact with the IRS for the year. If the federal tax agency finds

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May 8, 2018

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Where’s My Tax Refund?

An estimated 80 percent of Americans will get a tax refund this year. But where is yours? The IRS typically issues your tax refund within 21 days of filing your return. There may

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May 1, 2018

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Tax Return Mistakes? Here’s How to Fix It

Tax Day is finally over, but that doesn’t mean you’re completely off the hook from any tax return mistakes. Even if you swore your tax return was perfect, it can

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April 26, 2018

Private Debt Collector Knocking

The Truth About the IRS’s Private Debt Collection Agencies

The IRS has called for backup from the private sector, and these four companies could be coming after your tax debt in lieu of the IRS. Here’s what you need to know to stay informed, lawful and safe.

April 19, 2018

Celebrate Tax Day blog

4 Practical (and Freeing) Ways to Celebrate Tax Day

Tax Day isn’t anyone’s favorite holiday. Whether you own a corporation or started your first part-time job last year, the April deadline is stressful for the entire U.S. population. But

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April 12, 2018

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6 Things to Get Done Before Tax Day

If you haven’t figured it out from every U.S. adult sweating profusely over their W-2s, receipts, and calculators, April 17 is Tax Day this year. But what does it take

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April 4, 2018

Spilled Salt

When Itemizing Tax Deductions, Hold the SALT

No matter where you live in the U.S., you have to pay taxes (sorry). But the type and amount you pay do depend on where you live. Now, taxpayers in

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March 27, 2018

Don't Procrastinate on Taxes

Top 5 Reasons Not to Procrastinate Filing Your Taxes (Part II)

Tax season is (quickly) coming to a close – have you filed yet? Taxpayers have until April 17, 2018 to file their tax return, but waiting until the last minute

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March 16, 2018

Pass through

How Pass-through Businesses Win at Taxes

Across the country, CPAs are crunching (and crunching, and crunching) numbers to assess how their clients can benefit from the new tax reform law. And for business owners, becoming a

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March 12, 2018

March 15 business tax deadline

7 Things S Corporations & Partnerships Need to Know for the Tax Deadline

If you’re a business owner, you know taxes are a part of the gig. And for S Corporations and Partnerships, the spring tax deadline is even earlier than for most

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March 1, 2018

6 Things to Consider When Choosing a Tax Preparer

6 Things to Consider When Choosing a Tax Preparer

It’s tax season. Did you just shiver?   Filing tax returns on your own can be – to put it lightly – a nightmare. Luckily, you can hire a tax

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February 8, 2018

Missing Tax Forms?

Missing Tax Forms?

You Don’t Want to Miss Tax Forms Like most Americans this time of year, you’re probably camped out by the mailbox waiting for your W-2 to come. Ok, maybe that’s

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February 1, 2018

Bitcoin: (Mis)Fortune?

  Cryptocurrency investments, such as Bitcoin, are on the rise. You see it on the news and in your digital feeds. The IRS sees this money as taxable and is

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December 21, 2017

Form 433-A: How the IRS Determines Your Ability to Pay

When you apply for a payment plan, including certain types of Installment Agreements, Offer in Compromise, or Currently Not Collectible status, the IRS asks you for a financial statement, Form

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December 15, 2017

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 greater difference

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December 9, 2017

How to Make IRS Payments

Whether it is paying your current taxes or handling back taxes, the IRS provides various payment options. Even though electronic payment transfers are becoming popular, you may choose the method

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December 2, 2017

4 Taxes that Lead to the American Revolution

Taxes have a long and storied history in the United States. In fact, the taxes levied by the British Empire on the American colonies were at the heart of the

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November 17, 2017

What is an IRS Notice of Deficiency?

What is an IRS Notice of Deficiency (CP3219A)? An IRS Notice of Deficiency, or Notice CP3219A, lets you know that the information you reported on your tax return is different

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November 10, 2017

What is the IRS Debt Forgiveness Program?

Even the IRS can be forgiving. Learn about the circumstances in which taxpayers can have their tax debt partially forgiven.

November 4, 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 percent in just seven years, even though it collects $4 for every $1 spent. The cuts will affect taxpayers these six ways.

September 20, 2017

4 Things to Look for in a Tax Debt Resolution Company

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 pros can claim to help, selecting one isn’t the same as choosing a candy bar at the grocery checkout line.

July 11, 2017

How much vacation fun can you write off on your taxes?

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 (and we don’t blame ya). Whatever your travel plans, you might want to consider whether

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July 7, 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 maintenance and ill-timed auto

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July 5, 2016

What Happens to Your Tax Debt When You Die?

It’s critical to determine how your taxes – and any existing problems – can upset your postmortem financial blueprint.

June 30, 2016

Tax Debt and Your Job

Tax Debt and Your Job

While the IRS cannot call up your employer and tell them you owe back taxes, tax debt can have serious consequences on your employment. Tax Defense Network explains how tax debt can affect your job.

June 16, 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. However,

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June 9, 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 call the “federal student tax”. No

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June 7, 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 and interest, and basic instructions on

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June 2, 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 to termination of the agreement. Upon termination

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May 31, 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 can lead to a tax debt. The

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May 26, 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 taxpayer receives regarding payment

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May 24, 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 determined that they owe taxes. Taxpayers

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May 19, 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 payments, credits

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May 17, 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

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May 10, 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 dollars. The biggest tax deduction available to

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May 3, 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, vehicles, etc. to charitable organizations, you can get

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April 28, 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 which tax records to

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April 26, 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 systems may be able to reduce their tax liability. Here

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April 21, 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 avoid or reduce penalties and

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April 19, 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 create basic errors

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April 14, 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, you can consider claiming these tax deductions: Individual

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April 12, 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 have paid over $26.5 million

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April 7, 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, websites and text messages to carry out phishing. The

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April 5, 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 missing tax forms can

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March 31, 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 eligible for an additional premium tax credit.

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March 29, 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, deductions, credits, etc. received from the

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March 24, 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, dividends or capital gain distributions, they should

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March 22, 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 you win a car or other

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March 17, 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 penalty and/or imprisonment.

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March 15, 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. However, if

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March 8, 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 third party processors. 1099-K is

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March 3, 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 to

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March 1, 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 less time to prepare and

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February 25, 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 across the country. These sites have IRS-certified volunteers

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February 23, 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 tax code and tax breaks can help save you

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February 18, 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 software is and which ones they can

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February 16, 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 filing. If you are more

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February 11, 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 13 brand-name software programs to prepare their

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February 9, 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 encourages taxpayers

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February 4, 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 standard deduction

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February 2, 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 your return electronically. Individual taxpayers

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January 21, 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 a concealed weapon

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January 7, 2016

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 vital in measuring monetary growth.

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December 31, 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 means getting your

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December 29, 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 more for

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December 24, 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 loan to the

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December 22, 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 financial situation in 2015,

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December 17, 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 providing an interest-free loan

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December 15, 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 good for

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December 10, 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 way to realize the full

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December 8, 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 for charitable contributions can

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December 3, 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. The TAS can be beneficial to both individual

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November 27, 2015

What is TIGTA?

The Treasury of Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) was established to provide independent oversight of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) activities. Since 1999, the year of its inception, TIGTA has

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November 24, 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 will abate the penalty. Also, a

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November 19, 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 can now avoid IRS collection actions, such

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November 17, 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 made under the payment plan called

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November 12, 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

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November 10, 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 were unaware of their rights before

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November 5, 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 Payment, and Withholding Calculator. These services

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November 3, 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 even if you

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October 29, 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 accounts. The aggressive implementation of FATCA by

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October 27, 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 in to this process.

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October 22, 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 sent sufficient notices to

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October 20, 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 person suspected of carrying out an

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October 15, 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 is not received

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October 13, 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

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October 8, 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, depending upon the infraction. A civil penalty

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October 6, 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 debt cases. Their duties may vary depending on

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October 1, 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 report the closure to the IRS, file the

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September 29, 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 all the states.

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September 24, 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 lead to an audit, tax debt,

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September 22, 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. Generally, you cannot deduct

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September 17, 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 process.

September 17, 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 payments because they have no one

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September 15, 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 property does not satisfy the

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September 10, 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 threshold. Beginning

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September 3, 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 retire and start taking distributions. In fact, to

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September 1, 2015

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