Taxes

Challenges for Taxpayers Due to COVID Pandemic

Mid-March, the height of income tax season.  Add to that the COVID Pandemic and where does that leave taxpayers?  Well, first of all, tax season was extended to July 15 to provide additional time for taxpayers to file their taxes.  But, what about the people who filed their taxes before the pandemic was in full […]

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Ownership of Assets by Non-Married Couples

You and the love of your life have lived together for years being perfectly content not being married.  You have acquired assets together, like a residence, a second home, bank account or other items.  But what will happen when one of you dies?  Thinking that because you have both names on the asset, the surviving […]

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Individuals with Significant Tax Debt Should Act Promptly to Avoid Revocation of Passports

The Internal Revenue Service today urged taxpayers to resolve their significant tax debts to avoid putting their passports in jeopardy. They should contact the IRS now to avoid delays in their travel plans later. Under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the IRS notifies the State Department (State) of taxpayers certified as owing a […]

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Here’s What Taxpayers Should Know if They Get a Notice From the IRS

Certain taxpayers might get a letter from the IRS this year. It’s called an IRS Notice CP 2000. It gives detailed information about issues the IRS identified. The IRS sends this notice when information from a third party doesn’t match the information the taxpayer reported on their tax return. The notice also provides steps taxpayers […]

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The Sharing Economy – How It Can Impact Your Taxes

You have decided to take the whole family and a few extended family members on a trip to Hawaii.  In all, there will be nine of you.  So, let’s see – how many hotel rooms would you need to accommodate the travelers, taking into consideration if kids would be in a room by themselves, who […]

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Preparing Your 2018 Tax Return

We are now beyond February 15 when income tax information was to have been sent out.  If you haven’t already prepared your return, here are some tips to help ease the process: Did you know that there is an IRS webpage called the Get Ready page that includes steps to take. Check it out on […]

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How The New Tax Law May Affect Your Income Tax Return

You may notice several of the following items that may affect your individual income tax return: A change in the tax rates which should result in most people paying less tax during the year. However, the increase in the standard deduction, suspension of personal exemptions, an increase in the child tax credit and the limiting […]

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Let’s Get Ready For Tax Season

Let’s Get Ready For Tax Season

Tax season is upon us and we have begun to receive those pieces of mail marked “Tax Information – Important”.  So now what?  Here are some suggestions to help ease the stress of tax season. Where do we start?  The best place to start is to find a copy of last year’s return.  Even if […]

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How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Tax Affects Itemized Deductions

Due to the TCJA or recent tax reform, in addition to nearly doubling standard deductions, several itemized deductions that can be claimed on Schedule A, Itemized Deductions have changed. Many individuals who formerly itemized may now find it more beneficial to take the standard deduction. Here are some of the changes to Schedule A for […]

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Avoid Penalty for Underpayment of Taxes

So, as much as we grumble and grouse about paying taxes, imagine how you would feel if you received a notice from the IRS that you were assessed a penalty for underpayment of taxes. If we are employed as W-2 employees, taxes are routinely withheld from paychecks.  But, that only takes into consideration taxes on […]

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