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Get Ready To File Taxes

Michael Madewell, Tax Advisor, Ozarks, TaxConnections

With the tax filing season right around the corner, the IRS encourages taxpayers to visit IRS.gov for tax tools and resources. Taxpayers can resolve nearly every tax issue on the IRS website.

IRS.gov provides many self-service tools and features, including these six: Read more

Be Prepared: Filing Season Begins Jan. 29

Tyler Hamelwright, Tax Advisor, Mesa, AZ, TaxConnections

Filing season will begin on Monday, Jan. 29, the Internal Revenue Service announced.

The final tax deadline will be Tuesday, April 17. (April 16 is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in Washington, D.C.). The IRS expects nearly 155 million individual returns to be filed in 2018.

In 2017, the IRS began accepting returns on January 23; it set the date at January 29 this year to make sure that its key processing systems are ready, and to give it time to determine how late December’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will impact tax returns. Read more

What Federal Forms Do You Need To File Taxes?

Robert Hartman, Tax Advisor, Gambrills, MY, TaxConnections

Whether you’re filing taxes yourself or having a tax preparer do them for you, it’s important to have all the necessary documents. Gathering them beforehand can save both time and frustration.

You should receive the majority of these documents by January 31, which is the new deadline for companies and employers to send out W-2 and 1099 forms. Each federal tax form is explained below so you can make sure you have everything you need to file your taxes. Read more

The Postcard Filing – A Naïve, Misguided Fantasy

Eva Rosenberg, Tax Connections

The good news. President Trump Congress keeps telling you that taxpayers will be able to file on a postcard.

The bad news? Look at lines 3, 10, 11, and 12.
Your government is naïve. While this may be wish-fulfillment, it has no basis in practical reality.

It should be a required pre-requisite for all lawmakers to prepare their own income tax returns before they are permitted to write, vote on, or pass legislation. I loved that episode of the short-lived TV series Mr. Sterling, where Senator Bill Sterling (Josh Brolin)  is grumbling, trying to prepare his own tax return. Better yet, they should spent two weeks volunteering, or observing, at a VITA site to see how their tax laws truly affect low-income people’s tax filings. Read more

Disastrous Tax Issues: A Review & Last Minute Details

Eva Rosenberg, Tax Advisor

Generally, whenever a major disaster strikes in the United States, the president issues a declaration – which triggers some special tax breaks and extensions for those in the disaster area.

In this case, President Trump has issued declarations for 9 disasters,  since taking office. We know there will be one for Hurricane Irma. But, so far, he has not issued the usual declaration for the Los Angeles – La Tuna fires. (But that’s a whole other discussion.)

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With Tax Records, When In Doubt, Keep It

Barry Fowler

You’ve probably heard the expression, “when in doubt, toss it out.” That applies to just about everything except when you’re clearing out tax records!

So, when you’re inspired to clear out those tax files, don’t be too hasty about getting rid of them. Read more

U.S. Now Revoking Passports of Taxpayers With Unpaid Taxes!

Ron Marini

The tax code now provides for authorities to revoke or deny the passport of any U.S. taxpayer who has unpaid taxes in excess of $50,000 or who have not obtained or won’t provide a Social Security numbers. The IRS updated it website to state that the IRS had not yet started certifying tax debt to the State Department. However, Certifications to the State Department will begin in early 2017 and this webpage will be updated to indicate when this process has been implemented. Read more

Helping Taxpayers Overcome The Fear Of Filing

Every American who files and pays federal taxes rarely thinks about taxes this time of year. They are typically enjoying the pleasures of summer. However, there are those who have failed to file. If you are among that group, you know that you never have a moment’s rest. The thought is always gnawing away in the back of your mind. Read more

Have You Been Caught By The IRS For Under-Reporting?

Barry Fowler

Are you the target of an audit for allegedly under-reporting income to the IRS?

Professional help by an experienced, Enrolled Agent tax attorney is a must in this type of situation. A little bit of understanding may also come in handy before you get sucked into the unraveling of your tax returns.

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Tax Complexity And Filing Status

Annette Nellen

It doesn’t seem that one’s filing status should be confusing. You’re single or you’re married. But, many people qualify for head-of-household status. That one is confusing because of its multi-faceted definition.

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With The Deadline Closing In, Is It Time To Panic?

Ephraim Moss, tax deadline, fbar deadline

The first quarter of 2017 has come to an end, and this year’s tax due dates are now fast approaching. A quick review of the filing deadlines, however, should help U.S. expats understand that it’s not yet time to push the panic button.

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Choices for Taxpayers Who Can Not Pay Their Tax Bill(s)

Ron Marini, tax deadline, installment agreements, offer in compromise

As the April 18th deadline for filing 2016 income tax returns draws near, practitioners may encounter some clients who don’t have cash to pay the balance due on their returns. Clients can avoid penalties but not interest if they can get an extension of time to pay from IRS. But such extensions merely postpone the day of reckoning for the period of the extension (generally, six months).

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