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Amended Tax Returns – Did You Know?After filing their tax returns, people may sometimes realize that they made a mistake...
04/30/2024

Amended Tax Returns – Did You Know?

After filing their tax returns, people may sometimes realize that they made a mistake like missing a deduction, adding incorrectly or choosing the wrong filing status. In some cases, fixing the mistake may require filing an amended return that shows both the originally reported figures and the corrected ones. However, for some errors, filing an amended return is not necessary.

For example, if you made a minor math mistake on your return, IRS personnel will generally just fix the error and send you a notice explaining any resulting change to your refund or tax due. Similarly, if you neglected to include a required form with your return, the IRS will typically just send you a letter requesting that form. In these cases, filing an amended return would actually only cause confusion and further delay the processing of your refund.

For other mistakes, you can use the IRS "Should I File an Amended Return?" tool (link below) to determine whether filing an amended return is required. If you just want to check the status of your return and/or refund, you can use the "Where's My Refund?" tool.

Should I File An Amended Return? https://www.irs.gov/help/ita/should-i-file-an-amended-return

Where's My Refund? https://www.irs.gov/wheres-my-refund

Tax Refund Myths and Realities – Did You Know? (1/2)Taxpayers who are owed a 2023 tax refund naturally want to know how ...
04/24/2024

Tax Refund Myths and Realities – Did You Know? (1/2)

Taxpayers who are owed a 2023 tax refund naturally want to know how quickly that refund will come. Unfortunately, a lot of myths and half-truths about IRS refunds circulate online, giving people false expectations or leading them to waste time on unnecessary steps. Here are two key facts you need to know to avoid falling for the rumors.

- Calling the IRS will generally not yield more information about your refund. You can get the most up-to-date information about your refund status nearly around the clock by using the online Where's My Refund tool (link below) or by calling the automated refund hotline at 800-829-1954.

- The Where's My Refund Tool cannot always give a refund date. Some taxpayers may believe something is wrong if this tool does not display a mailing or deposit date for their refunds. Although the IRS issues many refunds within 21 days, some returns take longer to process. You will get a refund date once the IRS finishes reviewing your return.

IRS Where's My Refund tool: https://www.irs.gov/refunds

Filing Extensions and Minimizing Penalties – Did You Know?Taxpayers who request an extension to file their 2023 federal ...
04/16/2024

Filing Extensions and Minimizing Penalties – Did You Know?

Taxpayers who request an extension to file their 2023 federal income tax returns have until October 15th, 2024. However, an IRS extension is only an extension to file tax returns, NOT an extension to pay any tax owed. Taxes not paid by the April 15th payment deadline may be subject to late penalties and interest charges.

Electronic payments may be made using the IRS online payment portal (link below). The IRS urges those who cannot pay what they owe at this time to pay whatever amount they can, and then apply for an installment plan to pay off the remaining balance.

If you are required to file, you should still file your taxes, even if you can't pay, as the failure-to-file penalty may be 10 times more than the failure-to-pay penalty.

IRS Online Payment Portal: https://www.irs.gov/payments

Tax Filing Misinformation and Scams – Did You Know?Every filing season, the IRS sees a surge in tax-related scams, inclu...
04/12/2024

Tax Filing Misinformation and Scams – Did You Know?

Every filing season, the IRS sees a surge in tax-related scams, including widespread circulation of false statements about tax laws and refunds across the internet. Several currently trending myths encourage people to file IRS forms with bogus information, setting up unsuspecting readers to face IRS, civil or even criminal penalties.

For example, scammers recommend using software to fill out extra W-2 (Wage and Tax Statement) forms, with false income and withholding figures attributed to made-up employers. Other scams involve inventing fictitious household employees, then claiming that those employees were paid substantial medical leave benefits. The promoters of these fraudulent practices claim people can use the schemes to "legally" obtain large IRS refunds.

In reality, IRS personnel carefully check W-2s and other tax forms against information reported by employers and other entities and individuals. Submitting false documents to the IRS can trigger very serious consequences, even if the person who filed the forms believed they were following legitimate advice. To avoid getting lured in by scammers, seek tax guidance only from a trusted tax professional.

Tax Filing & Quarterly Installment Deadline on April 15The tax filing and payment deadline is coming up on April 15, 202...
04/10/2024

Tax Filing & Quarterly Installment Deadline on April 15

The tax filing and payment deadline is coming up on April 15, 2024 (April 17 in Maine and Massachusetts). Note, however, that some residents of regions affected by federally declared disasters have extended deadlines to pay their 2023 taxes. Check the IRS Disaster Relief page (link below) to see if you qualify for an extension.

If you are required to make quarterly installments, the first payments for the January 1 – March 31 quarter are also due on April 15th.

IRS Disaster Tax Relief Info: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-relief-in-disaster-situations

Tax Saving Opportunities for New ParentsIf you welcomed a new child into your household in 2023, then you may qualify fo...
04/03/2024

Tax Saving Opportunities for New Parents

If you welcomed a new child into your household in 2023, then you may qualify for one or more valuable tax credits that could significantly reduce your tax or increase your refund. In order to claim these benefits, you generally must first obtain a taxpayer ID number for your child. For most credits, that number must be a Social Security number (SSN), but in some cases you can use an individual taxpayer ID number (ITIN) or adoption taxpayer ID number (ATIN) instead.

Many people with children qualify for a Child Tax Credit (CTC) of up to $2,000 per child, of which up to $1,600 may be refundable as the Additional Child Tax Credit. Meanwhile, the fully refundable Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) has significantly higher maximum credit amounts and income limits for people with children than for those with no children. Depending on your income level, the EITC could amount to thousands of dollars per child.

If you paid child care expenses in 2023 so that you could work or seek work, you may also be eligible for the nonrefundable Child and Dependent Care Credit. Other nonrefundable credits available to qualifying parents include the Credit for Other Dependents and the Adoption Tax Credit. A tax professional can help you find and claim all the tax benefits you qualify for, and file your return electronically to get your refund as quickly as possible.

IRS Online Account Setup Scams – Did You Know?Each year, the IRS issues a list of the most prevalent scams that put taxp...
04/02/2024

IRS Online Account Setup Scams – Did You Know?

Each year, the IRS issues a list of the most prevalent scams that put taxpayers' identities and hard-earned money at risk. Some dangerous scams relate to IRS online accounts. Many taxpayers find that setting up an online account helps them stay on top of their taxes and make better planning decisions. Unfortunately, this IRS service has also drawn the attention of digital scammers.

In one common scheme, the scammer contacts a taxpayer, posing as a representative of a supposedly helpful service for people with limited computer skills. The scammer offers to help the taxpayer set up an online IRS account, asking for sensitive information like the taxpayer's address, photo ID, and Social Security number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification number (ITIN). The scammer then sells this information to criminals, who use it for tax fraud and other forms of identity theft.

The IRS warns taxpayers that ANY such offer is a scam. Most people can readily set up their own IRS online accounts by following the instructions at irs.gov. If you do need help, only seek it from a trusted person, like a family member or tax professional.

IRS Online Account: https://www.irs.gov/payments/your-online-account.

IRS Third Party Authorizations – Did You Know?All U.S. taxpayers have the right to designate a third party to work with ...
03/29/2024

IRS Third Party Authorizations – Did You Know?

All U.S. taxpayers have the right to designate a third party to work with the IRS on their behalf. In order to exercise this right, taxpayers must formally grant permission to the third party to represent them. This authorization may take several different forms:

Oral Disclosure: This level of permission simply authorizes the IRS to share the taxpayer's tax information with another person present on a phone call or in a meeting.

Third-party Designee: On their tax returns, taxpayers may designate a third party to discuss the return with the IRS. This authorization is limited to that specific return and year.

Tax Information Authorization: Taxpayers may appoint a third party to receive and review their confidential tax information for a specific type of tax for a designated time period.

Power Of Attorney: This designation authorizes a person or firm to represent the taxpayer in federal tax matters. The person or firm must be certified to practice before the IRS.

Oral disclosure and third-party designee permissions expire automatically. Taxpayers have the right to revoke tax information or power of attorney authorizations at any time, either by notifying the IRS of the revocation, or simply by appointing a new representative.

Reducing Fees & Penalties - Did You Know?If you are required to file your taxes, you should still file, even if you can'...
03/26/2024

Reducing Fees & Penalties - Did You Know?

If you are required to file your taxes, you should still file, even if you can't pay, as the failure-to-file penalty may be 10 times more than the failure-to-pay penalty. If you are unable to pay in full, try to file your tax return by the deadline of April 15th, 2024 and pay as much as you can. The IRS also has Installment Payment Plans available that you may qualify for.

In addition, April 15th is also the due date for Tax Year 2024 first quarter estimated tax payments for those making estimated payments.

Taxpayer Bill of Rights - Did You Know?As a taxpayer, you have a set of ten fundamental rights that the IRS is obligated...
03/22/2024

Taxpayer Bill of Rights - Did You Know?

As a taxpayer, you have a set of ten fundamental rights that the IRS is obligated to protect:

1. The Right to be Informed.
2. The Right to Quality Service.
3. The Right to Pay No More Than the Correct Amount of Tax.
4. The Right to Challenge the IRS's Position and Be Heard.
5. The Right to Appeal an IRS Decision in an Independent Forum.
6. The Right to Finality.
7. The Right to Privacy.
8. The Right to Confidentiality.
9. The Right to Retain Representation.
10. The Right to a Fair and Just Tax System.

The Taxpayer Bill of Rights ensures that the IRS must fairly review any objections a taxpayer raises to an IRS decision. Before objecting to an IRS letter, taxpayers should remember that tax refunds may also be adjusted for a variety of non-tax reasons, such as past-due child support. If you feel strongly that an IRS adjustment to your tax return is incorrect or unfair, a tax professional can review your return with you to determine whether you may have a basis for appealing the decision.

More information can be found in IRS Publication 1: Your Rights as a Taxpayer, available here: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p1.pdf.

Tax Debt Settlement Scams – Did You Know?When a taxpayer owes more tax than they can pay without extreme hardship, the I...
03/19/2024

Tax Debt Settlement Scams – Did You Know?

When a taxpayer owes more tax than they can pay without extreme hardship, the IRS sometimes accepts an offer-in-compromise (OIC). Under an OIC agreement, the taxpayer may settle their tax debt for less than the full amount owed.

However, the IRS warns taxpayers to watch out for "OIC mills," agencies that churn out stacks of OIC applications, costing the taxpayers they supposedly represent thousands of dollars. Many of these agencies make unrealistic claims in radio, TV and internet ads about settling tax debts for "pennies on the dollar." Often, a taxpayer gets talked into paying an OIC mill to file an application that the agency knows will be rejected, because the taxpayer does not qualify for the OIC program. Even when the IRS accepts an application from an OIC mill, the excessive fees charged by the agency may still cause the taxpayer financial harm.

If you are considering an OIC to settle your tax bills, do not believe the hype. You may check your eligibility using the IRS' Offer In Compromise Pre-Qualifier tool with the link below. Working with a trusted tax professional can also determine whether you qualify for the OIC program, as well as help you prepare an application with a better chance of being accepted.

Offer In Compromise Pre-Qualifier tool: https://irs.treasury.gov/oic_pre_qualifier/

Credits and Deductions Changes This Filing Season – Did You Know?As the April 15th filing deadline approaches, the IRS r...
03/14/2024

Credits and Deductions Changes This Filing Season – Did You Know?

As the April 15th filing deadline approaches, the IRS recently reminded taxpayers of several key tax law changes that took effect in 2023. Taxpayers should review these changes to avoid making errors on their returns.

Standard deduction amounts increased significantly from 2022 to 2023, up to $13,850 for single and married filing separately status, $20,800 for heads of household, and $27,700 for joint filers and qualifying surviving spouses. The maximum Additional Child Tax Credit, which is the refundable part of the Child Tax Credit (CTC), also increased to $1,600 for 2023.

Congress is considering legislation that would retroactively enhance the CTC itself. However, there is no need to wait for the result of those discussions to file your return. If a law change entitles you to a larger 2023 CTC than you have claimed, the IRS will automatically adjust your return, and send you a refund for the added credit amount.

A tax professional can help you determine how the 2023 credit and deduction rules affect your taxes, and file your return electronically to get your refund as rapidly as possible.

Non-deductible Wellness Expenses – Did You Know?The IRS recently issued a reminder that personal expenses for general he...
03/12/2024

Non-deductible Wellness Expenses – Did You Know?

The IRS recently issued a reminder that personal expenses for general health and wellness usually do not qualify as medical expenses for tax purposes. These costs typically cannot be claimed as itemized deductions, and are not eligible for reimbursement through a health flexible spending arrangement (FSA), health savings account (HSA) or similar tax-advantaged account.

Examples of non-deductible, non-reimbursable health and wellness purchases include healthy foods for weight or blood sugar management. Dishonest companies aggressively market food and wellness products, claiming that these items become eligible for FSA/HSA reimbursement when the seller provides a doctor's note to the buyer. In reality, a doctor's note generally does not change an ineligible expense into an eligible one.

Requests for FSA reimbursement based on these bogus marketing claims typically get denied, and may jeopardize the tax advantages of FSAs and similar plans. If you are unsure whether a particular health expense qualifies for reimbursement, check with your workplace benefits plan administrator before making the purchase.

Know How the IRS Contacts Taxpayers So You Can Recognize Scams and Stay SafeScammers often impersonate the IRS in order ...
03/07/2024

Know How the IRS Contacts Taxpayers So You Can Recognize Scams and Stay Safe

Scammers often impersonate the IRS in order to steal Americans’ identities or money. One of the best ways to protect yourself from these scams is to understand how the IRS usually initiates communication with a taxpayer.

In most cases, if there is an issue with a taxpayer’s returns or tax payments, the IRS will first send the taxpayer an official IRS notice or letter. Taxpayers who have created a secure online IRS account may log in to their account to verify the authenticity of any IRS communications they receive. Because phone scammers may falsely claim that they have previously sent an IRS notice, it is critical to save all letters from the IRS for reference. Also note that letters from debt relief companies promising to reduce or eliminate tax debts are NOT official IRS letters.

The IRS may follow up on a letter or notice by calling a taxpayer to discuss next steps. However, IRS agents never leave urgent or threatening messages. Phone messages claiming that the IRS or Social Security Administration will issue an arrest warrant if the taxpayer does not return the call are scams. A private collection agency working with the IRS may also call a taxpayer, but only after mailing written notification that the agency has been authorized by the IRS to collect a tax debt.

Most importantly, if you are unsure whether a message, call or letter you receive is actually from the IRS, do NOT respond to it. Instead, call the IRS directly for more information.

Earned Income Credit Eligibility - Did You Know?The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) provides vital assistance to low- an...
03/06/2024

Earned Income Credit Eligibility - Did You Know?

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) provides vital assistance to low- and middle-income workers and their families. Unfortunately, the IRS estimates that up to 20% of eligible individuals do not claim the EITC, potentially costing them thousands of dollars a year. For eligible workers with qualifying children, the maximum EITC amount for tax year 2023 is $7,430, up nearly $500 from 2022. Eligible workers without dependents may receive a credit of up to $600.

To qualify for the EITC, you must have earned income, and you and your qualifying children (and your spouse if you file a joint return) must all have Social Security numbers. Your adjusted gross income (AGI) must be below the limit for your filing status and number of children. For example, the 2023 AGI for a taxpayer with two qualifying children cannot exceed $52,918 if the taxpayer files under single or head of household status, or $59,478 if the taxpayer files a joint tax return. In addition, you cannot have more than $11,000 in investment income.

Because the EITC is fully refundable, you may receive the credit as an IRS refund even if you owe no tax. However, you must file a tax return to claim the credit. A tax professional can help you determine whether you qualify for the EITC, and if so, help you file a return electronically to get your refund as quickly as possible.

Hobby or Business - Did You Know?Recent years have seen a rise in the number of people pursuing “side hustles,” such as ...
03/01/2024

Hobby or Business - Did You Know?

Recent years have seen a rise in the number of people pursuing “side hustles,” such as delivery driving, dog walking and online craft selling. Many of these activities could be classified as either hobbies or business ventures, depending on how you pursue them. Since different tax rules apply for businesses and hobbies, it is important to know how the IRS will likely classify your side gig. The IRS considers a variety of questions, including:

- Do you depend on the activity for your livelihood?
- Do you pursue the activity in a professional, businesslike manner, and keep detailed records?
- Is the activity currently profitable for you, and if not, is there good reason to believe it will become consistently profitable in future years?
- Do you have the knowledge and skills needed to pursue the activity as a business?
- Do you approach the activity in a way that shows the intent to make a profit, such as changing methods to boost revenues?

In many cases, business income is subject to both income and self-employment tax, whereas hobbies may be subject to income tax. However, pursuing an activity as a business may enable you to reduce your taxable income by deducting business expenses, such as supplies, business vehicle use, and home office costs. A tax professional can help you determine how your side gigs should be classified, and how to account for that classification in your tax planning.

Refund Amounts - Did You Know?If your refund amount is different than stated on the filed tax return, part or all of you...
02/28/2024

Refund Amounts - Did You Know?

If your refund amount is different than stated on the filed tax return, part or all of your refund may have been used to pay off (offset) past-due federal tax, student loans, state income tax or other past-due debts.

You'll receive a notice from the IRS if such an offset occurs that will show the original tax refund amount, the offset amount, as well as the name, address and telephone number of the agency receiving the payment.

If you haven't received your refund yet, you may be able to check the status using the IRS' "Where's my Refund?" tool: https://www.irs.gov/refunds.

Recipients of the Healthcare Premium Tax Credit Must File Form 8962 – Did You Know?The health insurance Premium Tax Cred...
02/23/2024

Recipients of the Healthcare Premium Tax Credit Must File Form 8962 – Did You Know?

The health insurance Premium Tax Credit (PTC) helps millions of Americans with affordable healthcare. Most people who qualify for the credit receive it as a reduction in their monthly insurance premiums, known as the Advance Premium Tax Credit (APTC). If you purchased coverage through the Insurance Marketplace, watch your mail for IRS Form 1095-A (Health Insurance Marketplace Statement). This form shows whether you received the APTC during 2023.

The IRS requires all recipients of the APTC to file a 2023 tax return that includes Form 8962 (Premium Tax Credit), even if they would not otherwise have to file. On this form, you will reconcile your APTC premium reductions with your actual PTC amount for the year. If your credit amount exceeds those premium reductions, you may claim the excess credit as either a decrease in your tax or increase in your tax refund. However, if your premium reductions were greater than your actual PTC, you may need to repay part of the APTC.

If you qualified for the PTC in 2023 but did not receive APTC premium reductions, you may be able to claim claim your entire credit amount on Form 8962. A tax professional can help you complete the form, and file your return electronically to receive your refund as quickly as possible.

Common Tax Filing Errors – Did You Know? (2/2)Every year, many taxpayers may make mistakes on their returns that cause I...
02/21/2024

Common Tax Filing Errors – Did You Know? (2/2)

Every year, many taxpayers may make mistakes on their returns that cause IRS processing delays. Be sure to also check for the following:

Math Mistakes:
Even mathematicians sometimes make errors in simple addition and subtraction, and some of the calculations required for 1040 schedules can be complicated. Thoroughly double-check every bit of math on your return.

Incorrect Filing Status (Single, Married Filing Jointly, etc.):
The IRS will not accept a return showing a filing status that you are not eligible to claim. If you qualify for more than one status (for example, filing jointly or separately if you are married), the option you choose may significantly change your tax.

Incorrectly Figuring Credits or Deductions:
Once you determine that you qualify for a tax deduction or credit, you must carefully compute the amount that you can claim. Many taxpayers fail to take into account income limitations (including the calculations that must be made if your income falls within a “phase-out” range) and other restrictions. Others claim less than they could, or miss out on deductions and credits entirely by not filing the required forms and schedules.

Expired ITIN:
Those who file their IRS returns using individual tax identification numbers (ITINs) must keep in mind that ITINs periodically expire. Although a return filed with an expired ITIN may be accepted, the IRS generally will not allow any of the exemptions or tax credits claimed. The taxpayer must renew their ITIN in order to obtain the full refund that they are owed.

To avoid costly mistakes, a tax professional can help prepare or check your return and file it electronically. A tax pro might also help you claim deductions and credits that you would otherwise miss.

02/19/2024

‼️ Attention ‼️

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Danny Werfel told lawmakers on Thursday on Capitol Hill that the IRS is “poised to move quickly” on a bipartisan tax bill that would temporarily expand the child tax credit and also revive several corporate tax breaks, according to the New Hampshire Bulletin.

“We may be able to start implementations (as) early as six to 12 weeks after passage, depending on the bill’s final language, but taxpayers should not wait for this legislation to file their returns. We will take care of getting any additional refunds to taxpayers who have already filed. They won’t need to take additional steps,” Werfel said, per the report.

However, Werfel also said that taxplayers should not wait for the bill to pass in order to file their taxes this tax season.

Common Tax Filing Errors – Did You Know? (1/2)Every year, many taxpayers may make mistakes on their returns that cause I...
02/16/2024

Common Tax Filing Errors – Did You Know? (1/2)

Every year, many taxpayers may make mistakes on their returns that cause IRS processing delays. Some common errors may also result in paying too much or too little tax. A miscalculation in either direction can be costly, since the IRS may assess penalties for underpayment.

The following mistakes may not change your tax, but they can cause processing problems. The IRS may even withhold your refund until the errors are corrected. Be sure to check for the following:

Missing or Inaccurate Social Security Number (SSN):
Even when filing electronically, many people mistype their SSNs and do not catch the error. If the SSN on your return does not match the number on your Social Security card, the IRS may not be able to process your return.

Misspelled Name:
Take your time when filling in every blank on your return, even your name. A misspelling or illegible writing can prevent proper processing.

Incorrect Bank Account or Routing Number:
Getting your return filed electronically and requesting direct deposit is the fastest way to get your refund, IF you provide accurate information. An error in your banking info can cause big headaches.

Missing Signature:
Remember that in most cases, couples filing jointly must both sign their return.

To avoid costly mistakes, a tax professional can help prepare or check your return and file it electronically. A tax pro might also help you claim deductions and credits that you would otherwise miss.

Discounted Repayment Program for Invalid ERC ClaimsBetween now and March 22, 2024, businesses that received employee ret...
02/13/2024

Discounted Repayment Program for Invalid ERC Claims

Between now and March 22, 2024, businesses that received employee retention credit (ERC) funds but did not qualify for the credit may apply to repay the credit at a discounted rate. While the ERC program gave vital assistance to many employers during the pandemic, it also became a target of scammers, who lured ineligible business owners into falsely claiming the credit.

Under this new voluntary disclosure program, taxpayers whose applications are approved by the IRS will only have to pay back 80% of the credit amount. The remaining 20% will be forgiven without penalty, since many businesses lost a percentage of their credit to ERC promoters. Note that if a business uses a third-party payroll management service, that third party must submit the application to participate in the discounted repayment program.

The IRS also reminds businesses to act quickly to withdraw pending questionable ERC claims. Taxpayers whose ERC applications have not yet been processed, or who received an ERC refund check but not cashed it, may be able to withdraw their applications (and return the check) without penalty. A business tax professional can help determine whether an ERC claim was valid, and if not, what steps can be taken to try to resolve the issue.

Increased Additional Child Tax Credit Available for 2023 – Did You Know?The maximum Child Tax Credit (CTC) amount remain...
02/09/2024

Increased Additional Child Tax Credit Available for 2023 – Did You Know?

The maximum Child Tax Credit (CTC) amount remained at $2,000 per qualifying child for tax year 2023 and generally isn't a refundable credit. However, many taxpayers who qualify for the CTC are also eligible for the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC), which may make the CTC partially refundable. In other words, if your CTC amount exceeds the tax you owe, claiming the ACTC may enable you to receive part of the excess credit as an IRS refund.

Unlike the basic CTC, the ACTC gets adjusted annually for inflation. For 2023, the maximum ACTC amount rose to $1,600 per qualifying child. Therefore, those who qualify for the ACTC may receive up to $1,600 per qualifying child as a tax refund. However, you must file a tax return to claim your refund, even if you do not owe any tax.

A tax professional can help you determine whether you qualify for the 2023 CTC and ACTC, and if so, help you file a return electronically to get your refund as quickly as possible.

Protecting Yourself from Tax Related Identity Theft - Did You Know?Tax related ID theft is when someone uses your inform...
02/06/2024

Protecting Yourself from Tax Related Identity Theft - Did You Know?

Tax related ID theft is when someone uses your information (name, SSN, etc.) to file a false tax return and claim a fraudulent refund.

The number one thing you can do to prevent this type of ID theft is to file early and file electronically. The IRS is “first-come, first-served”, meaning whoever files first, electronically, will be the only electronic return accepted. All others for that SSN will be blocked and must file manually. This can lead to big delays for your refund. Filing season began January 29 this year.

Potentially Taxable Events – Did You Know?In addition to traditional income sources like employee wages and business pro...
02/02/2024

Potentially Taxable Events – Did You Know?

In addition to traditional income sources like employee wages and business profits, there are a number of other activities and transactions that the IRS classifies as potentially taxable. It is important to consider all of these “taxable events” for your tax return.

The most commonly overlooked taxable events include:

- Investment income, including receiving stock dividends or cashing in bonds
- Converting a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA
- Forgiveness (discharge) of a loan or other debt, including student loans
- Sale of assets such as vehicles, musical instruments, or a home at a gain (that is, for more than you paid to purchase the assets)
- Sale or exchange of cryptocurrency (like Bitcoin), or making purchases with cryptocurrency
- Withdrawing funds from a retirement plan (or from the cash value of a life insurance policy if you withdraw more than you have paid in premiums)
- Gifts and inheritances

A tax professional can advise you about which events in your life may have tax implications, and how to properly report those events. For example, in some cases, you may only need to declare the event to the IRS if the amount of money involved exceeds a minimum threshold, known as an “exclusion.”

Tax Filing Season BeginsThe 2024 Tax Filing Season opens today, January 29th, 2024, for your 2023 returns. Here are some...
01/29/2024

Tax Filing Season Begins

The 2024 Tax Filing Season opens today, January 29th, 2024, for your 2023 returns. Here are some tips to make your tax filing season easier.

Gather Documents Showing Wage, Business And Other Income:
If you work as an employee, you should receive a W-2 from your employer(s) by early February, showing your earnings for the year and the total tax withheld from your paychecks. If you are self-employed (including gig economy work) or own a business, you may also receive 1099 forms from your clients showing fees paid to you.

Interest and dividend income, along with royalties from past work, are also reported on 1099 forms. Recipients of unemployment benefits and/or taxable Social Security benefits should receive a year-end statement detailing these payments as well. Store all of these documents with your tax records.

Organize Records Of Other Potentially Taxable Transactions:
The sale of major assets like stock, a house or any other “big ticket” item may yield a taxable capital gain. Many cryptocurrency transactions (such as buying and selling Bitcoin) also have tax implications, since the IRS classifies cryptocurrencies as property. Make sure you have complete records of all your significant financial and property transactions during 2023.

Start Early:
Assemble your records and file your taxes early. If issues come up, you'll have much more time to resolve them. A tax professional can help you with identifying and organizing your documents as well as filing your tax return.

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