Tax Tips Archives

IRS Warns of New Phone Scam Involving Bogus Certified Letters; Reminds People To Remain Vigilant Against Scams, Schemes This Summer

The Internal Revenue Service today warned people to beware of a new scam linked to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), where fraudsters call to demand an immediate tax payment through a prepaid debit card. This scam is being reported across the country, so taxpayers should be alert to the details. In the latest …read more

Keys to Unlocking the Home-Office Deduction

The IRS recently reminded small business owners – especially individuals who are self-employed – that there are two methods of deducting home-office expenses. A lesser-known “simplified” method can provide a flat-dollar write-off without the usual recordkeeping hassles. But what the IRS didn’t say is this: Many taxpayers will be in line for a bigger deduction if …read more

The 7 Things To Do Right Now To Save on Taxes This Year

The beginning of summer is a great time to take stock of your financial picture and make any necessary changes. Why? You have a number of 2017 pay periods under your belt and you’ve had several months to work through any changes from 2016. A quick review now can save hundreds (or thousands) of dollars …read more

IRS: Home Office Deduction Often Overlooked by Small Business Owners

The Internal Revenue Service today reminded small business owners who work from a home office that there are two options for claiming the Home Office Deduction. The Home Office Deduction is often overlooked by small business owners. As part of National Small Business Week (April 30-May 6), the IRS is highlighting a series of tips …read more

IRS Urges Taxpayers Not to Rush; Choose Return Preparers Wisely

As the tax filing season deadline approaches, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers to select who will prepare their 2016 federal tax return carefully. With the filing deadline less than two weeks away, appointments with some tax professionals may be limited. A reputable preparer will ask to see a taxpayer’s records and receipts and …read more

Keep in Mind These Basic Tax Tips for the Sharing Economy

If taxpayers use one of the many online platforms to rent a spare bedroom, provide car rides or a number of other goods or services, they may be involved in the sharing economy. The IRS now offers a Sharing Economy Tax Center. This site helps taxpayers find the resources they need to help them meet …read more

“Where’s My Refund” Tool Best Way to Check Tax Refund Status

The Internal Revenue Service reminded taxpayers today that while more than 90 percent of federal tax refunds are issued in 21 days or less, some refunds may take longer. Many factors can affect the timing of a refund after the IRS receives the return. Also, taxpayers should take into consideration the time it takes a …read more

The Side Gig Tax Time Retirement Play

Are you a newly minted independent contractor? If you got self-employment income from a side gig or your own business in 2016, it’s not too late to divert some of it into retirement savings and get a tax break, even if you don’t have the cash on hand. The solution: a SEP-IRA. A self-employed 50-year-old …read more

What you need to know about 1099-C form

Taxes can get confusing — just looking at the names of some of the forms you have to fill out can be enough to get your head spinning. Like the 1099-C, for example. What is that, and why is it in your mailbox? Well, we’re here to help and answer all your 1099-C questions. What …read more

IRS Revised Safe Harbor for Private Business use of Tax-Exempt Bond Financed Property

In Rev. Proc. 2016-44, the IRS issued new safe-harbor procedures under which a management contract does not result in private business use of property financed with governmental tax-exempt bonds under Sec. 141(b) or cause the modified private business use test under Sec. 145(a)(2)(B) to be met for property financed with qualified 501(c)(3) bonds. Private Business …read more