Following these tips when you receive a payment from the Federal or State government can save you more headaches than you can imagine.
In a recent keynote address to over 1,000 tax professionals in Chicago, John Koskinen, the Commissioner of the IRS, asked the audience to raise their hands if they had personally been contacted by someone pretending to be from the IRS. He reiterated that he was not talking about clients, but those sitting in the audience. Well over 50% of the professionals raised their hands. So did the IRS Commissioner.
With a sigh, you are relieved that yet another tax return has been sent off to the government. Another 12 months before you need to do this again. But before you close that tax file, there is still some work to do. If the IRS or state revenue department selects your return for review, you will need to be prepared. Here is what you need to know:
A surprise tax break for 2020 was passed into law last month. It may impact your situation if you received unemployment income this past year. This will mean filing amended tax returns for some and a delay in preparing your tax return for others.
Don’t ignore the impact of taxes on your investments. While taxes should not drive your investment strategy, understanding how taxes affect your earnings will help you minimize taxes and maximize your return. Some things to consider: 1. Capital gains carry a special favored tax status. The tax rates on long-term capital gains are lower than […]
As tax professionals, we often are asked “Why do I need a tax professional when I can buy tax preparation software?” Let us explain… Tax software producers claim their products can prepare complex returns, but you may want to think twice before relying on software for all your tax and financial guidance. Although software may […]
In addition to filing delays and a one-time stimulus payment, the IRS is implementing many changes in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Here are some of the major topics that could affect you and your family. Early distribution penalty waived The 10% early distribution penalty on up to $100,000 of retirement withdrawals for coronavirus-related reasons […]
Every year taxpayers are hit with tax surprises that could be avoided if they just knew the rules. Here are five big ones that are easy to avoid with some simple planning. Mistake #1. Withholding too little. This results in a tax surprise when filing your income tax. Don’t be too hard on yourself if […]
The earlier the better when it comes to adopting a strategy to reduce your taxes. But even if time gets away from you, there are some year-end actions you can take to cut your taxes. Here are some last-minute tax cutters you might consider: 1. Review income and deductions. It’s all in the timing. The […]
When faced with questions on your tax return deductions, it is getting all too common for tax authorities to deny everything and then make you prove that your deductions are valid. Do not let this happen to you. Here are some suggestions. The one-two punch To prove your deduction most auditors are looking for two […]