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Last-Minute Savings for Tax Year 2016

Attention last minute savers! There’s still time to reduce your tax burden for 2016. Have you funded a traditional IRA, Roth IRA, or SEP this year? The deadline for contributions to IRAs is April 18, 2017 — this year’s filing deadline. For self-employed taxpayers, contributions to a SEP may be postponed until October 16, 2017 […]

Be Smart About Security at Tax Time

Although the IRS reports a 400 percent surge in phishing and malware incidents during the 2016 tax season, there are simple steps you can take to help protect yourself. Here are nine hints that can help: Beware of IRS Impersonators. Some crooks call taxpayers to say they must settle their “tax bill.” These are fake […]

10 Year-End Tax-Planning Tips for Individuals

Accelerate Deductions and Defer Income It sometimes makes sense to accelerate deductions and defer income. There are plenty of income items and expenses you may be able to control. Consider deferring bonuses, consulting income or self-employment income. On the deduction side, you may be able to accelerate state and local income taxes, interest payments and […]

Combating Tax Return Fraud – What You Need to Know

WASHINGTON, DC (January 12, 2016) How do you know if someone has filed a tax return using your Social Security number? And what do you do then? This is happening more and more—the latest General Accounting Office (GAO) report says that IRS paid out over $5.8 billion in fraudulent returns in 2013. IRS does have […]

Tips to Protect Your Personal Information While Online

The IRS, the states and the tax industry urge you to be safe online and remind you to take important steps to help protect your tax and financial information and guard against identity theft. Treat your personal information like cash – don’t hand it out to just anyone. Your Social Security number, credit card numbers, […]

The “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015”

Overview of the Provisions PERMANENT PROVISIONS The bill makes over 20 tax relief provisions permanent, including provisions from 11 different bills marked up by the Ways and Means Committee in 2015. Research and Development Credit (base credit, 14% ASC, AMT and Payroll provisions) Section 179 expensing ($500,000 and $2 million limits, no limitation on real […]

Tax Penalties and How to Avoid Them

The only thing worse than owing a tax bill: owing even more when the IRS tacks on penalty charges. The IRS has many ways to collect extra money. There are tax penalties for: Not having health insurance. Filing what the IRS considers a frivolous tax return. A variety of retirement account actions or inactions. Most […]

Fighting Tax Scam Phone Fraud

WASHINGTON, DC (October 21, 2015) The Internal Revenue Service has a warning for many Americans (and it’s not about paying your taxes). Instead, the agency has tips on how to protect yourself from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS. These callers may demand money or say you have a refund […]

Reporting Gambling Income and Losses on Your Tax Return

If you play the ponies, play cards or pull the slots, your gambling winnings are taxable. You must report them on your tax return. If you gamble, these IRS tax tips can help you at tax time next year: Gambling income.  Income from gambling includes winnings from the lottery, horse racing and casinos. It also […]

If You Get an IRS Notice, Here’s What to Do

    Each year the IRS mails millions of notices and letters to taxpayers. If you receive a notice from the IRS, here is what you should do: Don’t Ignore It.  You can respond to most IRS notices quickly and easily. It is important that you reply right away. Focus on the Issue.  IRS notices […]