Tax News

Didn’t Pay Your Taxes? Here’s What the IRS Can Do to You

You don’t want to play chicken with the Internal Revenue Service. Tax season is over, and the vast majority of taxpayers have filed their returns and paid any outstanding taxes they owed. But for a significant number of people, paying

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How A $1,250 Student Loan Becomes Thousands More

Just under 500 lawsuits were filed in 2018 in federal courts across the country by private attorneys seeking money for the federal government.

The lawsuits are a mostly unknown part of an industry of private collectors working on behalf of the federal government to track down student loan payments. It’s a system that showcases how student loan debt is different from all other kinds of debt: It can’t be written off in bankruptcy and, because it’s owned by the federal government, long-term unpaid debt is never written off, but relentlessly tracked down.

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Free Tax Return Preparation for Qualifying Taxpayers

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $55,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

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The IRS Can And Does Waive The Penalty For Incorrect RMDs

Required minimum distributions are a bane of retirement for many Americans. The concept puzzles many people, and the rules can be complicated. The result is that many people fail to take their required minimum distributions (RMDs) or they take the wrong amount. The IRS noticed this a few years ago and decided to change the information reported to it and how it is analyzed so it can better identify people who don’t take the correct RMDs.

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IRS Reminds Taxpayers of Its Ability to Revoke Passports and Deny Passport Applications

What You Need to Do If You Plan to Travel Abroad and Have Unpaid Federal Taxes WRITTEN BY: Rosenberg Martin Greenberg LLP   Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) published another friendly reminder that it was recently vested with the

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Report Suggests Congress And IRS Should Give Taxpayers More Time To File In 2019

It’s not your imagination: It really is a different kind of tax season. It’s so different that the National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF), a nonpartisan research and educational organization, is calling on Congress to extend the filing season. by Kelly Phillips

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Crabb Tax Services Newsletter (February 2019)

TOPICS IN THIS ISSUE: NEW! For 2019…Tax Videos to help you understand new tax laws and deal with special situations. Surprise, no tax refund for you! What not to do if you owe the IRS. 5 Personal Finance Podcasts Actually

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NEW! For 2019…Crabb Tax Videos

This year will be a particularly challenging tax season as a result of the tax overhaul which affects 2018 taxes. Crabb Tax Services has added a series of videos to help you better understand some of the changes. Some of our videos are specific to certain life and business circumstances which affect your tax situation.

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Surprise, no tax refund for you! What not to do if you owe the IRS.

This is turning out to be a difficult year for a lot of taxpayers.

Major tax law changes that took effect last year are impacting people’s beloved refunds. The Internal Revenue Service reported that, as of Feb. 1, refunds are down 8.4 percent. The average refund was $1,865, compared with $2,035 for the same period a year ago.

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File your taxes soon — in case there’s another government shutdown

If you tend to procrastinate about filing your tax return, this is not the year to dawdle.

Usually everyone is fixated on April 15, when federal tax returns are typically due. But this tax season, Feb. 15 is the looming date on your calendar. That’s the day when the temporary funding ends for the federal agencies that were shut down for more than a month

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