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Trump Signs Law Making It Harder for IRS to Seize Money From Americans

The Internal Revenue Service seized $446,000 from the bank accounts of brothers Jeffrey, Richard, and Mitch Hirsch in 2012, claiming a “structuring” violation against the owners of Bi-County Distributors Inc. for making multiple bank deposits of less than $10,000. The government never charged them with a crime, nor gave them a hearing to enable them to contest the seizure, but after intense national media attention...

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How to File Taxes After Saying “I Do”

A taxpayer’s filing status for the year is based upon his or her marital status at the close of the tax year. Thus, if you get married on the last day of the tax year, you are treated as married for the entire year. The options for married couples are to file jointly or separately. Both statuses can result in surprises – some pleasant and some unpleasant – for individuals who previously filed as unmarried....

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States’ SALT Deduction Workarounds Shot Down

The Treasury Department and the IRS have essentially shot down efforts by several states to help their residents circumvent the $10,000 cap on the itemized deduction for state and local taxes (SALT). When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), aka tax reform, was passed, it imposed a $10,000 limit on the SALT deduction; this limitation had a greater impact on the residents of states that imposed the highest taxes on their...

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Midyear 2019 Tax Planning Letter

A letter from Philip L. Liberatore, CPA For better or worse, the past tax season provides you a clear picture of how the updated tax code impacts your situation. Now it’s time to use this insight to ensure you’re in the best position to effectively minimize your 2019 tax obligations. Consider the actions you can take today that will make a difference to next year’s tax bill. Have you adjusted your...

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New Twists on Tax Scams

On June 5, 2019, The IRS released and article urging taxpayers to be on the lookout for a spring surge of evolving phishing emails and telephone scams. The IRS is seeing signs of two new variations of tax-related scams. One involves Social Security numbers related to tax issues and another threatens people with a tax bill from a fictional government agency. Here are some details: The SSN hustle. The latest twist...

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The IRS now Audits Poor Americans about the same rate as the top 1%

Every year, the IRS, starved of funds after years of budget cuts, loses hundreds more agents to retirement. And every year, the news gets better for the rich — especially those prone to go bold on their taxes. According to data released by the IRS last week, millionaires in 2018 were about 80% less likely to be audited than they were in 2011. But poor taxpayers continue to bear the brunt of the IRS’ remaining...

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IRS Releases New Draft Form W-4

The IRS issued a statement confirming that “the Treasury Department and the IRS will incorporate important changes into a new version of the Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, for 2020.” Here’s what the draft form W-4 for 2020 looks like: You can see a full-sized version on the IRS website here (downloads as a PDF). The new draft reflects changes under the Tax Cuts and Jobs...

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Made a mistake on your tax return. What happens now?

Generally speaking, tax return mistakes are a lot more common than you probably realize. Taxes are naturally complicated, and the paperwork required to file them properly is often convoluted. This is especially true if you’re filing your taxes yourself — and all of this is in reference to a fairly normal year as far as the IRS is concerned. The 2018 tax year, however, certainly does not qualify as a...

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What to Do If You Receive a Dreaded IRS Letter

Now that most tax refunds are deposited directly into taxpayers’ bank accounts, the dream of opening your mailbox and finding an IRS refund is all but gone. However, the IRS still sends letters that can increase taxpayers’ heart rates; because of extensive computer matching, the IRS does most of its auditing through correspondence. CP-Series Notice – When the IRS detects a potential issue with your tax return, it...

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The Difference: IRS Tax Lien vs. Tax Levy

If you’re reading this, the chances are high that you’re one of the many, many people who have received a notice from the Internal Revenue Service. Some level of correspondence with the IRS is natural ‒ particularly leading up to and in the immediate aftermath of tax season. But if you’ve received notification that the government is about to file a tax lien or tax levy against you, suddenly you’re talking...

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