Filing Your Taxes Early: What You Need To Know

Dec 23, 2019, 09:20am Robert FarringtonSenior Contributor Personal Finance I write about personal finance, college and student loan debt. Ready to get your taxes squared away and get your hands on your refund (and maybe avoid getting a tax refund loan)? It’s possible you’ll make some progress early on, but you need to make sure you have all the required paperwork for your return before you […]

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Tax Tip 2019-170: Here’s how taxpayers can avoid the hooks of phishing scams

IRS Tax Tip 2019-170, December 4, 2019 Knowledge and awareness. Those two things can protect taxpayers and their family members from getting caught up in a phishing scam. A phishing scam is often an unsolicited email or a website that looks like a legitimate site designed to trick users. The scams convince people into providing personal and financial information. Scam emails can arrive to personal […]

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4 Costly Tax Mistakes to Avoid

Don’t end up making your tax bill worse than it already is. Christy Bieber (TMFChristyB) Nov 3, 2019 at 11:05AM Author Bio No one likes to pay taxes, and you definitely don’t want to pay more than you actually owe. Unfortunately, the tax code is really complicated in the United States, so it’s far too easy to make a costly mistake.Simple errors could cost hundreds […]

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Is The IRS Targeting Crypto Investors? Yes. But Here’s How To Legally Trade Tax-Free

Joresa Blount Aug 26, 2019, 05:04am After Coinbase released data on over 14,000 users to the Internal Revenue Service in 2018, cryptocurrency traders have been bracing for what’s to come next regarding IRS enforcement, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. The first and second wave of that enforcement seems to have recently landed in thousands of mailboxes nationwide. IRS Letter 6174 is designed to […]

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After a divorce, only one parent can claim child-related tax breaks

Aug 5, 2019 11:08 a.m. ET By BILL BISCHOFF To qualify, over half the child’s support for the year must be provided by one or both parents.  For tax purposes, a child is usually treated as “belonging” to the parent who has custody for the greater part of the year. Divorces cause tax issues, including which parent is allowed to claim valuable child-related tax breaks. […]

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Here’s the 411 on who can deduct car expenses on their tax returns

IRS Tax Reform Tax Tip 2019-100, July 29, 2019 Taxpayers who have deducted the business use of their car on past tax returns should review whether or not they can still claim this deduction. Some taxpayers can. Some cannot. Here’s a breakdown of which taxpayers can claim this deduction when they file their tax returns. Business owners and self-employed individuals Individuals who own a business […]

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Good tax planning includes good recordkeeping

IRS Tax Tip 2019-97, July 23, 2019 Tax planning should happen all year long, not just when someone is filing their tax return. An important part of tax planning is recordkeeping. Well-organized records make it easier for a taxpayer to prepare their tax return. It can also help provide answers if a taxpayer’s return is selected for examination or if the taxpayer receives an IRS […]

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EXTENSION FILERS: Don’t panic, just go to IRS.gov for help

IRS Tax Tip 2019-95, July 18, 2019 The deadline for taxpayers who requested an extension to file is going to be here before they know it. The deadline for these filers to submit their 2018 tax returns is Tuesday, October 15, 2019. Taxpayers who have not yet filed can find many helpful resources on IRS.gov. Here are a few of them: IRS Free File Taxpayers […]

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Here’s how individual taxpayers can view their tax account info

IRS Tax Tip 2019-94, July 17, 2019 Taxpayers with questions about their federal tax accounts can hop over to IRS.gov for answers. Individual taxpayers can login to the View Your Account Information page to view specific details about their federal tax account information. Taxpayers can view: Their payoff amount, which is updated for the current day. The balance for each tax year for which they […]

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It’s Getting Worse: The IRS Now Audits Poor Americans at About the Same Rate as the Top 1%

by Paul Kiel May 30, 10:16 a.m. EDT As the agency’s ability to audit the rich crumbles, its scrutiny of the poor has held steady in recent years. Meanwhile, a new study shows that audits of poor taxpayers make them far less likely to claim credits they might be entitled to. Every year, the IRS, starved of funds after years of budget cuts, loses hundreds […]

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