Penalty Relief for Taxpayers Filing 2019, 2020 Returns

The IRS is providing penalty relief to certain taxpayers who filed their 2019 and/or 2020 tax returns late. The penalty relief also extends to certain domestic and international information return filers. Under  Notice 2022-36 released by the IRS, the Internal Revenue Service is providing penalty relief to most individual and business taxpayers who filed their […]

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IRS Delays Continue

A processing backlog at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) continues to leave countless taxpayers in the dark about the state of their returns. As of March 4, 2022, the IRS had 7.2 million unprocessed individual returns. This includes 4.2 million unprocessed individual returns, which include tax year 2021 and prior returns with errors and those […]

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Tax Reminders

Tax Filing Deadline Date Changed for 2022   In 2022, it will be a federal holiday changing the traditional tax filing deadline, not the COVID-19 pandemic. Emancipation Day falls on Saturday, April 16th, but the holiday is observed in Washington D.C. on Friday, April 15th.  Because April 15th is a federal holiday, the tax filing deadline […]

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IRS Clarifies Charity Benefits

The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 generally extends through the end of 2021 four temporary tax changes originally enacted by the CARES Act. Here is a summary of the provisions (more details are available on the IRS site): Deduction for individuals who don’t itemize; cash donations up to $600 qualify Ordinarily, individuals […]

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IRS to Recalculate Taxes for Unemployment Break

Legislation signed in March allows taxpayers who earned less than $150,000 in modified adjusted gross income to exclude unemployment compensation up to $20,400 if married filing jointly and $10,200 for all other eligible taxpayers. The legislation excludes only 2020 unemployment benefits from taxes. Because the change occurred after some people filed their taxes, the IRS […]

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IRS Issues New Guidance for Calculating Wage Levies

For those having their wages levied by the IRS, the levies are sent to the tax debtor’s employer via Form 668-W, Notice of Levy on Wages, Salary, and Other Income. This form contains six parts. Prior to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the employer was required to give the employee the Statement of […]

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Business Identity Theft–Is Your Data at Risk?

The IRS and state tax authorities have made significant strides in curbing individual identity theft over the last several years. With a decrease in individual identity theft, cyberattacks against businesses are on the upswing now. Here are some simple ways business taxpayers can help protect their data from hackers. Trends in ID Theft In February, […]

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Spring Cleaning: When Can You Purge Your Old Financial Records?

Feeling the urge to purge? Summer’s coming, so it’s likely you’re wrapping up your spring cleaning before your summer fun begins. April 17, 2018 was the deadline for individuals and C-corporations to file their federal income tax returns for 2017 (or to file for an extension). Before you throw out your old financial records, however, […]

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Payroll Summed Up

Payroll processing is a cumbersome but necessary part of operating your business. It includes many tasks such as issuing checks every pay period, comprehensive recordkeeping, making payroll tax deposits, and filing quarterly and annual returns. There are many simple – and tricky! – filing mistakes that can be costly and contribute to the endless details […]

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4 Tips to Claiming Higher Education Tax Credits

As the summer ends, many students are gearing up to go off to college. It’s an exciting time for recent high school graduates and returning students alike, but as we all know, higher education comes at a price. To help offset some of these expenses, the Internal Revenue Code offers two federal income tax credits […]

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