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With 2017 Extension Deadline Passed, All Eyes on 2018

Now that the tax return extension filing deadline has passed, the IRS suggests that taxpayers look ahead and get ready for next year. Taxpayers still have time to take these three actions that may affect the 2017 tax return they will file in 2018. Charitable contributions. Taxpayers can deduct contributions that they make to charitable organizations …read more

Gifts to Charity: Six Facts About Written Acknowledgements

Throughout the year, many taxpayers contribute money or gifts to qualified organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions. Taxpayers who plan to claim a charitable deduction on their tax return must do two things: Have a bank record or written communication from a charity for any monetary contributions. Get a written acknowledgment from the charity for any …read more

7 States with the Highest Income Tax

Many Americans, especially those who haven’t moved around much, are often surprised at the range of tax burdens there are across the United States. States with the highest property taxes, for example, have average rates that are more than four times that of the states with the lowest property taxes. Income taxes vary even more. On one …read more

Exploring the Estate Tax

This is the first installment of a two-part article on the federal estate tax. Part 1 discusses the unified federal estate and gift tax rules, the exemption amount, the definition of a gross estate, gifts made within three yearof death, estate valuation, and portability. The second part, to appear in the November JofA, covers estate tax planning techniques, …read more

Reminder for Parents, Students: Check Out College Tax Benefits

With back-to-school season in full swing, the Internal Revenue Service reminds parents and students about tax benefits that can help with the expense of higher education. Two college tax credits apply to students enrolled in an eligible college, university or vocational school. Eligible students include the taxpayer, their spouse and dependents. American Opportunity Tax Credit …read more

Beware of Fake Charity Scams Relating to Hurricane Harvey

The Internal Revenue Service today issued a warning about possible fake charity scams emerging due to Hurricane Harvey and encouraged taxpayers to seek out recognized charitable groups for their donations. While there has been an enormous wave of support across the country for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, people should be aware of criminals who …read more

Job Search Expenses Can be Tax Deductible

Taxpayers who are looking for a new job that is in the same line of work may be able to deduct some job-hunting expenses on their federal income tax return, even if they don’t get a new job. Here are some important facts to know about deducting costs related to job searches: Same Occupation. Expenses are …read more

File Form 1040X to Amend a Tax Return

Mistakes happen and tax returns are no exception. Filing an amended tax return corrects information that changes tax calculations. This includes making changes to filing status and dependents, or correcting income credits or deductions. Don’t file an amended return to fix math errors because the IRS will correct those. The IRS offers tips on how …read more

Be Alert To Scammers Who Pose as the IRS

Scammers pretending to be from the IRS continue to target taxpayers. These scams take many different forms. Among the most common are phone calls and fake emails. Thieves use the IRS name, logo or a fake website to try and steal money from taxpayers. Identity theft can also happen with such scams. Taxpayers need to be …read more

How Does The IRS Contact Taxpayers

When the IRS needs to contact a taxpayer, the first contact is normally by letter delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. The IRS doesn’t normally initiate contact with taxpayers by email, nor does it send text messages or contact through social media channels. Depending on the situation, IRS employees may first call or visit with …read more