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  • IRS Cancels Furlough Day

    Monday 22nd of July 2013 10:47:57 AM

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    Finally some good news for IRS employees; The IRS will be cancelling the previously scheduled furlough day for July 22. The reason for the cancelled furlough day is because the continued effort to cut costs has been successful.

    Consequentially, all IRS offices including help lines will be open as regularly scheduled and all IRS employees will be paid for July 22, 2013.  This includes the employees of the Taxpayer Advocate Service.

    The IRS urges to use their online services to answer common question such as “Where is my Refund?”

    For more information about this and other IRS news you may visit http://www.irs.gov/News-&-Events

  • “First Lady” of Tax Fraud Gets Busted!!

    Thursday 18th of July 2013 4:36:47 PM

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    Self proclaimed “First Lady” of tax fraud Rashia Wilson, 27 years old, of Tampa Florida taunted the IRS for years about openly stealing close to $3 Million when in fact its actually about $20 million.  Rashia used social media to show off the piles of money that she was proud to say she took from the IRS.

    She taunted the the IRS and “dared” them to get her.  Well, her luck came to an end because the IRS did catch up with her.  Now Rashia Wilson has been sentenced 21 years in prison for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, both crimes rooted from tax fraud.

    To read the full story see The Tampa Bay Times.

     

  • Payroll Companies Busted!

    Wednesday 17th of July 2013 11:48:28 AM

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    Most US employers subcontract payroll and associated tax responsibilities to intermediary payers such as payroll service suppliers.  If the company that is being outsourced is trustworthy they can help employers tremendously by collecting and consigning payroll taxes (on behalf of the employer) in a judicious manner.

    Most of these third-party payroll companies generally provide good and on time service however, lately there has been a number of these payroll companies that have been prosecuted for pilfering the funds planned to pay payroll taxes.

    If you are concerned about protecting you and your business against crimes like this you may visit the IRS website for more information. You can also see a list of successfully prosecuted payroll companies here.

  • Energy Efficient Appliances Equal Tax Credit

    Monday 15th of July 2013 10:52:15 AM

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    Did you know that you can receive a tax credit directly from the IRS for having energy efficient appliances?  The tax credit applies to energy efficient dishwashers, clothes washers, and refrigerators manufactured after December 31, 2010.  You may claim a credit for each individual appliance.

    Tax credits range from $25 to $225 but there are certain stipulations and limits.

    You can read more about this and other IRS issues here.

  • IRA Withdrawal; Taxed or Not Taxed?

    Friday 12th of July 2013 2:23:09 PM

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    Generally withdrawals from IRAs (individual retirement accounts) as well as other tax deffered retirement plans are in fact taxable by the federal government. You should also expect to pay state income taxes on these withdrawals. The only exceptions would be if you reside in one of the seven states that do not impose state income taxes. The following would be those seven states: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington state and Wyoming.

    Luckily that is not always the case.  As reported by Market Watch of the Wall Street Journal “Some states don’t tax retirement-account withdrawals at all, and others exempt a portion from taxation, sometimes only for retirees above a certain age or with income below certain thresholds. It generally depends on the state you live in when you take the distributions, but it can get confusing.” Read the full story here.

  • IRS Issues Reminder To Victims of Boston Marathon Explosions

    Thursday 11th of July 2013 4:31:11 PM

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    To those US tax payers that were affected by the Boston Marathon Explosions a reminder is issued from the IRS that you have until Monday, July 15, to file and pay your US income taxes.

    If you should need additional time you may file for an extension with Form 4868 and you must pay your taxes by October 15, 2013 with .

    Keep in mind that regardless of the reason for the extension that penalties may accrue on your tax liability.  To read more about this story you may visit the IRS website.

  • Tips for Common Tax Issues

    Monday 08th of July 2013 3:29:18 PM

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    • Did you miss the April 15 deadline to turn in your taxes?  The IRS has all kinds of tips in the event that this occurs, you can read more HERE.
    • If you are looking for Summer Tax Tips you can visit the IRS website or click here.
    • Do you feel like you are victim of identity theft?  The IRS can help you here
    • If you need help filing your US taxes while traveling abroad please click here.
    • Forgot your Electronic Filing Pin? Get help here.

  • IRS Closes, Again

    Wednesday 03rd of July 2013 5:07:07 PM

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    Due to the current budget issues the IRS has, all IRS offices will be closed July 5, 2013.  That includes all help lines and IRS offices.

    IRS employees will be furloughed with no pay to maintain budget cuts!

    In the event any tax payer should have a deadline that falls on any of the current furloughed days then it will be treated as if that day fell on a national holiday and be postponed until the following business day.

    You can read the full story here….

  • Goodbye DOMA, Hello Tax Refund!

    Friday 28th of June 2013 10:44:34 AM

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    This week has been monumental for same sex marriages with the abolition of DOMA ( Defense of Marriage Act). The federal government will now recognize same sex marriage as well as welcome the unions to joint taxes, retirement, estate and employee benefits.

    Due to the ruling finding DOMA unconstitutional gay/lesbian couples may now take another look at their already filed tax returns. Thanks to the Supreme Court ruling same sex couples might have the opportunity to amend their US tax returns, provided they live in states that recognize same sex marriages! That means that nearly 100,000 tax returns may need to be amended!

    Same sex couples are waiting for guidance from the IRS. They are looking for answers as to how to proceed.  Currently the IRS defines a married couple as “husband and wife.”  There is question as to whether that term will be adjusted due to the legalization of same sex marriages.

    See More….

    Reuters

    USA Today

    CS Monitor

  • IRS Releases a 3-Part Report to Fix Tax Exempt Applications

    Tuesday 25th of June 2013 11:13:52 AM

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    In Washington on June 24, 2013-Danny Werfel, Internal Revenue Service Principal Deputy Commissioner, releases a 3-part report describing the actions to fix issues that were discovered throughout the IRS’ review of tax exempt applications.  The report also describes how the applications will be improved and how it will smooth the processes at the IRS.

    Werfel said “It is critical that the IRS takes steps to ensure accountability, address the problems uncovered in recent weeks and improve the operations of the IRS to continue to carry out our critical mission on behalf of the public,” and “We have made a number of changes already, more are in the works and even more will develop as we move forward.”

    To read the full story, please visit the IRS website.

     

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