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Taxpayer Bill of Rights outlines rights for all taxpayers

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Source from irs.gov | IRS Tax Tip 2019-31 | This is the first tip in a two-part summary of the rights granted to all taxpayers.

Every taxpayer has rights when dealing with the IRS. The Taxpayer Bill of Rights takes these rights from the tax code and groups them into 10 categories. To help taxpayers interacting with the IRS understand their rights, the agency outlines them in Publication 1, Your Rights as a Taxpayer.

Here are the first five rights along with more information about each one:  See More

N-2019-25: Relief from Addition to Tax for Underpayment of Estimated Income Tax by an Individual

Friday, March 22, 2019

Source from irs.gov | Notice 2019-25 notice modifies and supersedes the guidance in Notice 2019-11, which announced the waiver of the addition to tax for underpayment of estimated income tax for certain individuals for tax year 2018. This notice increases the availability of the waiver of the addition to tax by expanding the waiver to individuals whose total withholding and estimated tax payments equal or exceed eighty percent of the tax shown on the return for the 2018 taxable year. The notice updates procedures for requesting the waiver of the addition to tax. Additionally, the notice provides procedures for taxpayers who paid additions to tax for underpayment of estimated tax but who qualify for relief under this notice to request a refund of the addition to tax.  See More

Before visiting an IRS office, taxpayers should call to make an appointment

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Source from irs.gov | Before visiting an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center for in-person help with their tax issues, a taxpayer needs to call 844-545-5640 to schedule an appointment. All TACs provide service by appointment. The Contact Your Local Office tool on IRS.gov helps taxpayers find the closest IRS TAC, the days and hours of operation and a list of services provided.

Once they make an appointment , taxpayers will receive an automated email to the address they provide. The email will confirm the day and time of their appointment. Taxpayers should consider the self-service options on IRS.gov before calling for an appointment. Taxpayers can resolve many questions online without taxpayers having to travel to a Tax Assistance Center.

Taxpayers checking on a tax refund status can:  See More

Phony IRS calls increase during filing sea

Friday, March 15, 2019

Source from irs.gov | The tax filing season is a busy time for taxpayers, but scammers also stay busy. Taxpayers should be aware of several types of tax scams, but phone scams start to increase during the beginning of tax season and then remain active throughout the remainder of the year. Here’s how this scam generally work:  See More

IRS urges taxpayers to check their tax withholding early in 2019

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Source from irs.gov | WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today renewed its effort to encourage taxpayers to review their tax withholding using the IRS Withholding Calculator and make any needed adjustments early in 2019.

Doing a Paycheck Checkup can help taxpayers avoid having too little or too much tax withheld from their paychecks. The IRS reminds taxpayers that they can generally control the size of their refund by adjusting their tax withholding.

This news release is part of a series called the Tax Time Guide, a resource to help taxpayers file an accurate tax return. Additional help is available in Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax, and the tax reform information page.  See More

Here’s how a name change affects a tax return

Friday, March 08, 2019

Source from irs.gov | When someone legally changes their name, there are tax consequences they need to know about, especially at tax time. People change their names for several reasons:  See More

Mortgage and Divorce: Navigating Financial Independence

Friday, March 08, 2019

Source from redfin.com | If you look at the data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 2016, you can easily see that nearly half of all married couples end up getting a divorce. According to this information, 6.9 people per 1000 total population got married, while 3.2 people per 1000 total population got divorced. If you are getting a divorce and have a shared mortgage, you certainly aren’t alone.

Happily ever after may seem harder to achieve these days, but it is possible with some planning and cooperation. Learning everything you can about your options when faced with legal separation, divorce, mortgage, and co-owned home alleviates the stress attached to this type of experience while also providing valuable strategies to preserve the peace. Just remember that you had choices before you tied the knot, and you still have legal choices now. Whether you have a current mortgage in Portland or Atlanta, here’s a look at what you need to know. See More

Why that secret cash payment to your nanny could backfire on your taxes

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Source from cnbc.com | If you're paying your nanny cash under the table, you might catch heat from the IRS.

It's no secret that child-care costs are a massive expense for working parents. Families with infants pay a nanny an average of $580 a week, according to Care.com — or $30,160 annually.

To put things into perspective, average tuition, fees, room and board adds up to $21,370 at a public four-year school and $48,510 at a private four-year school for the 2018-2019 tax year, according to the College Board.

It may be tempting to slip your caregiver some cash off the books, but you're taking a chance with the IRS for failure to pay the appropriate employment taxes.  See More

IRS Withholding Calculator

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Source from irs.gov | The IRS encourages everyone to use the Withholding Calculator to perform a quick “paycheck checkup.” This is even more important following the recent changes to the tax law for 2018 and beyond.

The Calculator helps you identify your tax withholding to make sure you have the right amount of tax withheld from your paycheck at work.

There are several reasons to check your withholding:  See More

Small-business owners look to grab this 20 percent tax break

Monday, February 04, 2019

Source from cnbc.com | Small-business owners filing their 2018 taxes may be able to take advantage of a brand-new 20 percent tax break.

One of the new features of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is the introduction of the qualified business income deduction, which went into effect last year.

This tax break allows owners of “pass-through” entities, including sole proprietorships, S-corporations and partnerships, to deduct up to 20 percent of their qualified business income. See More