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.Read more →
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 monthRead more →
TOPICS IN THIS ISSUE: IRS Releases New Not-Quite-Postcard-Sized Form 1040 For 2018, Plus New Schedules Tax Trends Heading Into 2019 White House Says IRS Will Pay Tax Refunds During Government Shutdown AICPA and NCCPAP ask IRS to suspend tax penaltiesRead more →
Nobody really likes to think about his or her credit report. Even if you’re 99% certain that your credit is in good standing, requesting your annual credit report can be an exercise in anxiety. Imagine if you’re wrong. Maybe, all along, you didn’t really understand your report in the first place.Read more →
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that it is waiving the estimated tax penalty for many taxpayers whose 2018 federal income tax withholding and estimated tax payments fell short of their total tax liability for the year.Read more →
The American Institute of CPAs and the National Conference of CPA Practitioners are separately asking the Internal Revenue Service to refrain from imposing underpayment and under withholding penalties on taxpayers in response to some extensive changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.Read more →
Traditionally, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has not issued refunds to taxpayers while the government is shut down. That appeared to be the case this time when the Department of Treasury posted its Lapsed Appropriations Contingency Plan for the IRSRead more →
Many Americans do not understand how federal income tax brackets work.Read more →
State tax changes are not made in a vacuum. States often adopt policies after watching peers address similar issues. Several notable trends in tax policy have emerged across states in recent years, and policymakers can benefit from taking note of these developments.Read more →
Kelly Phillips Erb Senior ContributorTaxes Remember those postcard-sized tax returns? They’re here. Sort of. They’re not exactly postcard-sized, but the new form 1040 is smaller than before. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has made the new form 1040 and the accompanyingRead more →
TOPICS IN THIS ISSUE: Individuals Who Need to Reconstruct Records After a Disaster IRS Warns About Tax Scams Related To Hurricanes, Wildfires & Vegas Shooting Tax Refund Fraudsters Already Had Much Of That Equifax Stolen Data Taxpayers Who Are VictimsRead more →
White collar defense attorneys and accountants engaged to assist in investigations conducted by the IRS Criminal Investigation Division are familiar with these words: “… the tax loss … is … $550,000 to $1,500,000 …” By Edward M. Waddington and Ricardo J.Read more →
Taxpayer asks: What’s the difference in injured and innocent spouse? Years ago I separated and the IRS withheld my tax refund because of unpaid tax from my now Ex. Do I have any way to get that back? Ask theRead more →
Domestic abuse often includes control over finances. An important part of managing finances is understanding one’s tax rights. Taxpayers have the right to expect the IRS to consider facts and circumstances that might affect the individual’s taxes.Read more →