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Here’s what people should know about taking early withdrawals from retirement plans

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Source from irs.gov | IRS Tax Tip 2019-36 | Taxpayers may need to take money out of their individual retirement account or retirement plan early. However, this can trigger an additional tax on top of other income tax they may owe. Here are a few key things for taxpayers to know:  See More

Estimated taxes form and publication can help people pay the right amount in 2019

Friday, April 05, 2019

Source from irs.gov | IR-2019-62 | WASHINGTON –The Internal Revenue Service today reminded self-employed individuals, retirees, investors and others who pay their taxes quarterly that the first estimated tax payment for tax year 2019 is due Monday, April 15, 2019, for most taxpayers. A 2018 tax return and 2019 Form 1040-ES, Estimated Tax for Individuals, can help these taxpayers estimate their first quarterly tax payment.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changed the way tax is calculated for most taxpayers, including those with substantial income not subject to withholding. The law changed tax rates and brackets, revised business expense deductions, increased the standard deduction, removed personal exemptions, increased the child tax credit and limited or discontinued other deductions. As a result, many taxpayers may need to raise or lower the amount of tax they pay each quarter through estimated tax payments. The 2019 Form 1040-ES and instructions include inflation adjustments for the standard deduction, income tax rate schedules for tax year 2019 and a worksheet to help taxpayers figure estimated tax payments correctly.  See More

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

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

IRS reminds employers, business owners of Jan. 31 filing deadline

Friday, December 14, 2018

Source from irs.gov | WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded employers and other businesses that Jan. 31 remains the filing deadline for wage statements and independent contractor forms.

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 started a requirement for employers to file their copies of Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, and Form W-3, Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements, with the Social Security Administration by Jan. 31. Certain Forms 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, filed with the IRS to report non-employee compensation to independent contractors are also due at this time. Such payments are reported in box 7 of this form.  See More

Tool on IRS.gov helps taxpayers

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Source from irs.gov | When people are done giving thanks at the dinner table, many start another kind of giving. The annual Giving Tuesday happens the week after Thanksgiving to kick off the season of charitable giving. This year, Giving Tuesday falls on Tuesday, November 27.

Taxpayers may be able to deduct donations to tax-exempt organizations on their tax return. As people are deciding where to make their donations, the IRS has a tool that may help. Tax Exempt Organization Search on IRS.gov is a tool that allows users to search for charities. It provides information about an organization’s federal tax status and filings.  See More

Whats new with the child tax credit

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Source from irs.gov | Many people claim the child tax credit to help offset the cost of raising children. Tax reform legislation enacted last year made changes to that credit. Here are some important things for taxpayers to know about the changes to the credit.

Credit amount. The new law increases the child tax credit from $1,000 to $2,000. Eligibility for the credit has not changed. As in past years, the credit applies if all of these apply:  See More

e-News for Small Business

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Source from irs.gov | e-News for Small Business, Issue 37.
1)  Here’s how tax reform changed accounting methods for small businesses
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — better known simply as tax reform — allows more small business taxpayers to use the cash method of accounting. The new law defines a small business taxpayer as a taxpayer who has average annual gross receipts of $25 million or less for the three prior tax years and is not a tax shelter.  See More

Several tax law changes may affect bottom line of many business owners

Friday, October 19, 2018

Source from irs.gov
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded business owners that tax reform legislation passed last December affects nearly every business.

With just a few months left in the year, the IRS is highlighting important information for small businesses and self-employed individuals to help them understand and meet their tax obligations. See More

Here are facts to help taxpayers understand the different filing statuses

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Source from irs.gov
Taxpayers don’t typically think about their filing status until they file their taxes. However, a taxpayer’s status could change during the year, so it’s always a good time for a taxpayer to learn about the different filing statuses and which one they should use.

It’s important a taxpayer uses the right filing status because it can affect the amount of tax they owe for the year. It may even determine if they must file a tax return at all. Taxpayers should keep in mind that their marital status on Dec. 31 is their status for the whole year.

Sometimes more than one filing status may apply to taxpayers. When that happens, taxpayers should choose the one that allows them to pay the least amount of tax.  See More