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How Can Natural Disasters Affect My Tax Filings?

In most years, for most people, natural disasters play no part in filing their federal income tax returns. Nonetheless, 2017 was that rare year when natural disasters likely affected millions of tax filings. In August and September 2017, three powerful hurricanes in rapid succession struck U.S. territory: Hurricane Harvey created historic flooding in Texas, Hurricane [...]

By | 2018-03-17T16:16:36-04:00 |Uncategorized|Comments Off on How Can Natural Disasters Affect My Tax Filings?

I Need More Time to File My Federal Taxes

Fortunately for you, federal tax-filing extensions are pretty much automatic. Unfortunately for you, if you are seeking an extension because you owe taxes but don’t have the money to pay at the moment, you are required to pay on time. This is the case even when you request an extension to file your return. If [...]

By | 2018-03-16T21:28:11-04:00 |Tax Penalties|Comments Off on I Need More Time to File My Federal Taxes

What Can I do if I Can’t Pay My Small Business’s IRS Debt?

If you owe income taxes from your self-employment or because of your small business -- be it a sole proprietorship, partnership, S-corp or some other small-business organization that files taxes on your individual return – you might find that your tax liability exceeds your ability to repay, or at least your ability to repay immediately. [...]

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Avoid Paying the Obamacare Penalty

You might have heard that the Republicans’ Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has repealed the individual mandate created by Obamacare. Unfortunately, the mandate is still in effect for the 2017 tax year, so filers who did not buy insurance are still subject to the penalties. This “shared responsibility” payment will be 2.5% of your household [...]

By | 2018-02-08T17:13:54-04:00 |Uncategorized|Comments Off on Avoid Paying the Obamacare Penalty

Keeping Proof of Your Tax Deductions

When filing your tax returns, you do not need to submit documentation that supports your business or personal deductions. However, the IRS can request this information on demand, so you definitely want to have documented proof in your files just in case. The documentation you need will depend on whether you are claiming a business [...]

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Properly Classifying Your Workers: Employees or Independent Contractors?

Small businesses frequently hire people to work for them. Whether these hires are classified as employees or independent contractors impacts whether an employer must withhold income taxes and pay unemployment, Social Security, and Medicare taxes. Improperly classifying employees as independent contractors is an area of concern for the IRS, so small business owners should carefully [...]

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Can I Stop an IRS Wage Garnishment?

When you owe the IRS money, the government has many tools at its disposal to collect that money from you. One of its most powerful tools is wage garnishment, in which the government notifies your employer to send the IRS a portion of your paycheck. If you’re facing wage garnishment, you can stop it in [...]

By | 2018-01-10T21:57:37-04:00 |Tax Penalties|Comments Off on Can I Stop an IRS Wage Garnishment?

Can I Defer Payment on My Taxes?

In some situations, it is possible to delay making payment. Taxpayers with student loans know that they can defer making required payments if they show that they don’t have enough money each month. Something similar can happen with the IRS in a process called being declared “Currently Not Collectible.” This isn’t easy, and you’ll need [...]

By | 2018-01-10T21:53:14-04:00 |Tax Deductions|Comments Off on Can I Defer Payment on My Taxes?

Types of Charitable Trust

Setting up a charitable trust is a great way to support the charities you are passionate about while also lowering your tax burden. If done properly, you can also provide for your family or other beneficiaries at the same time. In the U.S., there are generally two types of charitable trusts, which you should discuss [...]

By | 2018-01-19T18:58:18-04:00 |Tax Credits, Tax Deductions|Comments Off on Types of Charitable Trust

Innocent Spouse Cases

Spouses who file joint tax returns are typically both responsible for any deficiency. For example, if the couple pays less than they owe, the IRS can go after either spouse to recover any unpaid amounts. However, sometimes it is unfair to hold one spouse responsible for unpaid taxes, and the IRS will sometimes grant an [...]

By | 2018-01-10T21:44:06-04:00 |Tax Collections|Comments Off on Innocent Spouse Cases