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Tax Filing Season Starts February 12

Posted by Missy Dennis on Feb 9, 2021 8:01:00 AM

Although tax season usually starts in late January, this year, the tax filing season is delayed until February 12, 2021. The delayed start date for individual tax return filers allowed the IRS time to do additional programming and testing of IRS systems following the December 27, 2020, tax law changes that provided a second round of Economic Impact Payments and other benefits to many taxpayers. This programming work is critical to ensuring IRS systems run smoothly to minimize refund delays and ensure that eligible people will receive any remaining stimulus money as a Recovery Rebate Credit when they file their 2020 tax return.

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Topics: Business Ownership, Personal Finance, Taxes, Tax Return, Tax Preparation

Identity Protection PIN Available To All Taxpayers

Posted by Missy Dennis on Feb 4, 2021 7:52:00 AM

Starting in January 2021, the IRS Identity Protection PIN Opt-In Program will be expanded to all taxpayers who can properly verify their identity. Previously, IP PINs were only available to identity theft victims.

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Topics: Taxes, Tax Return, Tax Preparation

Important Tax Changes for Individuals and Businesses

Posted by Missy Dennis on Jan 20, 2021 8:04:00 AM

Every year, it's a sure bet that there will be changes to current tax law and this year is no different. From standard deductions to health savings accounts and tax rate schedules, here's a checklist of tax changes to help you plan the year ahead.

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Topics: Taxable Income, Business Ownership, Personal Finance, Taxes, Tax Deduction, Small Business, Tax Return, Tax Preparation

Business Tax Provisions: The Year in Review

Posted by Missy Dennis on Dec 15, 2020 8:10:00 AM

Here's what business owners need to know about tax changes for 2020.

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Topics: Business Ownership, Taxes, Tax Credit, Small Business, Tax Return, Tax Preparation, Business Expenses

Tax Preparation vs. Tax Planning

Posted by Scott Farnes on Nov 4, 2020 8:31:00 AM

Many people assume tax planning is the same as tax preparation, but the two are quite different. Let's take a closer look:

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Topics: Taxable Income, Business Ownership, Personal Finance, Taxes, Record Keeping, Managing Your Tax Liability, Tax Return, Tax Planning, Tax Preparation

July 15 Deadline for Reporting Foreign Income

Posted by Missy Dennis on Jul 8, 2020 8:14:00 AM

If you live or work outside the United States, you generally must file and pay your tax in the same way as people living in the U.S. This includes people with dual citizenship. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, people who live and work abroad have until Wednesday, July 15, 2020, to file their 2019 federal income tax return and pay any tax due. The deadline is normally June 15.

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Topics: Personal Finance, Taxes, Tax Return, Tax Preparation

Avoid These Common Errors When Filing a Tax Return

Posted by Missy Dennis on Jun 16, 2020 8:09:00 AM

When filing a tax return, mistakes such as the common errors listed below can result in a processing delay - and increase the amount of time it takes to receive a tax refund. Using a reputable tax preparer such as a certified public accountant, enrolled agent or another knowledgeable tax professional is usually the best way to avoid this. With this in mind, here are eight of the most common errors taxpayers make when filing their returns:

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Topics: Taxes, Tax Return, Tax Preparation

Additional Tax Deadlines Extended

Posted by Scott Farnes on May 5, 2020 8:09:00 AM

As a reminder, taxpayers now have until July 15, 2020, to file and pay federal income taxes originally due on April 15 and no late-filing penalty, late-payment penalty or interest will be due. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this relief has been expanded to include additional returns, tax payments and other actions:

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Topics: Taxes, Tax Extension, Tax Return, Tax Preparation

2019 Tax Deadline for Tax Returns & Estimated Taxes Now July 15

Posted by Scott Farnes on Apr 7, 2020 8:02:00 AM

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed.

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Topics: Taxes, Tax Return, Tax Preparation

What to Do If You Are Missing Important Tax Forms

Posted by Scott Farnes on Mar 11, 2020 8:38:00 AM

If you are ready to file your taxes but are missing important tax forms here's what you should do:

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Topics: Taxes, Record Keeping, Tax Return, Tax Preparation