Income

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 [...]

Overlooked Tax Deductions for Small-Business Owners

Helpful tips for tax time. Being a small-business owner isn’t easy. After all, balancing payroll, managing employees, drawing up marketing plans, and handling the bookkeeping can be stressful! Luckily, the Internal Revenue Service (I.R.S.) allows small-business owners to take some surprising deductions, which may help come tax time. Read on to learn more. Remember, the [...]

IRS Issues Guidance on Virtual Currency, Second Draft of Form 1040 Schedule 1

Earlier this week, as part of a wider effort to assist taxpayers and to enforce the tax laws in a rapidly changing area, the Internal Revenue Service issued two new pieces of guidance for taxpayers who engage in transactions involving virtual currency. The new guidance includes Revenue Ruling 2019-24 and frequently asked questions(FAQs). It supplements [...]

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 [...]

New Rules on Rental Deduction

The IRS released a new Notice on Friday, January 18, 2019 regarding rental properties.  Some rentals will qualify for a special QBI deduction under the new tax laws.  To qualify for 2019 onward, a contemporaneous log of your hours of activity related to each rental is required.   We urge you to begin keeping such records [...]

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 [...]

IRS Confirms Tax Filing Season to Begin January 28

WASHINGTON ― Despite the government shutdown, the Internal Revenue Service today confirmed that it will process tax returns beginning January 28, 2019 and provide refunds to taxpayers as scheduled. “We are committed to ensuring that taxpayers receive their refunds notwithstanding the government shutdown. I appreciate the hard work of the employees and their commitment to [...]

Your Social Security Benefits & Your Provisional Income

Earning too much may cause portions of your retirement benefits to be taxed.  You may be shocked to learn that part of your Social Security income could be taxed. If your provisional income exceeds a certain level, that will happen. Just what is “provisional income”? The Social Security Administration defines it with a formula. Provisional [...]

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 [...]

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