Posts Tagged tax return

What to Do If You’re Audited by the IRS

Stressed young taxpayer reads IRS letter

“Gasp!” That might be your first reaction to seeing an envelope with an eagle on the upper left corner and the dreaded words next to it: Internal Revenue Service. But fear is not an emotion that should flow through your body. Why not? Well, if you’ve accurately recorded what properly belongs on your tax return, you have nothing to fear from the IRS if they contact you about an audit.

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Top Ten Money Mistakes People With Modest Incomes Make

Don’t think you can retire on modest money? You don’t have to stare down a life sentence of work, you just need to avoid some all too common mistakes.

Reading articles and blog posts online you may be tempted to believe that the biggest scourge threatening your financial goals are subscription boxes, latte consumption, and envy of the Joneses. Having worked within personal finance with people with modest incomes for nearly 20 years, I have learned that there are even more significant threats looking to sabotage your goals.

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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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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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IRS Tax Tip: Individuals Who Need to Reconstruct Records After a Disaster

Taxpayers who are victims of a disaster might need to reconstruct records to prove their loss. Doing this may be essential for tax purposes, getting federal assistance, or insurance reimbursement. IRS Tax Tip 2017-54, October 4, 2017 Here are 12

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