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The Federal Reserve’s Unprecedented Moves

What they are. How they help. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, almost every state in America is under some sort of stay-at-home order. This unprecedented time has also led many businesses, large and small, to downsize or close up shop entirely. In response to the drastic impact that COVID-19 has had on global and [...]

Treasury, IRS unveil online application to help with Economic Impact Payments, and more

WASHINGTON – Working with the Treasury Department, the Internal Revenue Service today unveiled the new Get My Payment with features to let taxpayers check on their Economic Impact Payment date and update direct deposit information. With an initial round of more than 80 million Economic Impact Payments starting to hit bank accounts over the weekend [...]

Coronavirus & More

The 24-Hour News Cycle moves from Impeachment to COVID-19 to the Primaries – What’s next? In recent weeks, we’ve seen several major stories in the news. On the political front, in addition to the arrival of the presidential election through the 2020 caucuses and primaries, we have just experienced the third presidential impeachment in American [...]

That First RMD from Your IRA

What you need to know.    When you reach age 70½, the Internal Revenue Service instructs you to start making withdrawals from your traditional IRA(s). These withdrawals are also called Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs). You will make them, annually, from now on.1 If you fail to take your annual RMD or take out less than [...]

IRS: Choose tax preparers carefully Tax return preparer fraud makes IRS’ 2019 ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of tax scams

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today included tax return preparer fraud on its "Dirty Dozen" list of common tax scams for 2019 and offered tips to help taxpayers avoid unscrupulous tax preparers. With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the most sweeping tax reform legislation in more than 30 years now in effect, some [...]

IRS waives penalty for many whose tax withholding and estimated tax payments fell short in 2018

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that it is waiving the estimated tax penalty for many taxpayers whose 2018 federal income tax withholding and estimated tax payments fell short of their total tax liability for the year. The IRS is generally waiving the penalty for any taxpayer who paid at least 85 percent of [...]

Caution on Your Tax Withholding for 2018 / 2019

  Following feedback from the payroll and tax communities, the Treasury Department and the IRS will make changes into a new version of the Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, for 2020.  The 2019 version of the Form W-4 will be similar to the current 2018 version. The Form W-4 for use in 2020 will help employees improve withholding accuracy, and [...]

How 1099 Workers Can Prepare for Tax Season

The little things independent contractors should do before April. Do you freelance or run a business on the side? You have a complicated tax situation, all stemming from one fact – when you earn a paycheck, taxes are not immediately taken out of it.  Many freelancers are caught off-guard when tax season arrives. They are [...]