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Never fear! The IRS has two programs to assist. For simple tax returns with taxable income under $72,000: IRS provides free tax preparation under the IRS Free file program. Taxpayers are given access to free tax software to file their tax return. Some software does not support local tax returns (e.g. School District or … But I CAN’T AFFORD a Tax Preparer
IRS is going to be running a little “late” this year. According to the information received as of today (January 15, 2021), IRS will start processing 2020 Tax Year individual Tax Returns February 12, 2021. Tax Returns can be prepared before February 12 processing date. Estimated refund processing times for returns that refund extra … Need Refund? Patience Please!
As you may have heard, President Trump signed the “COVID Relief Part 4 ( Formally known as Continuing Appropriations Act of 2021)” into law recently. Payment amount will be $600 per qualified recipient ($1200 per Married Couple) plus $600 per dependent child claimed on the tax return. As before, no payments are available for … Stimulus Payments Part 2
A question received: I’ve worked from home since March 2020 because of COVID. Can I claim my home office expenses on my 2020 taxes? The tax year and the employment status (employee vs sub contractor or self employed) matters. For 2020 tax year, there may be a home office tax deduction for: 1. Subcontractor (No … COVID Reveals a BROKEN “Tax Cookie Jar” for At Home Employees
It’s Tax Notice season, IRS, State and Local Tax Districts are issuing those wonderful “love letters” for tax due . . . questions: 1.Is the Notice legitimate? 2.Is it Correct? 3.How to respond? Legitimacy: If the Tax Notice (“Bill”) has spelling or grammar errors, asks for payment in bit coin or cash cards or threatens … How to Handle a Tax Notice (“Bill”)
In certain circumstances, medical expenses can be deducted on the tax return without itemizing. To see if that option is a good fit for you, some questions: Do you have medical insurance coverage through work or through a family medical insurance plan? Is the medical insurance plan deductible (out of pocket) more than $1,400 for … Medical Expense Tax Deduction When Don’t Have Enough to Itemize
The other day someone affected by the COVID related business slowdown asked, . . .”I have bills to pay, heard something on the news about the CARES Act allowing a penalty free (NOT TAX FREE) retirement account distribution. What is the “penalty”? Do I qualify for a penalty free distribution? How to determine the taxes … Penalty Free Retirement Plan Withdrawals—CARE ACT 2020 Tax Year ONLY
Depends on tax situation: If don’t own a business, then keep AT LEAST four years of tax returns. The IRS has three years after the tax return is filed to review the filed return and send a bill. CAREFUL! IRS can review up to six tax years of tax returns if twenty five percent or … How Long Should I Keep Tax Return Copies?
Sorry I just have to vent. So tired of the COVID bad news. Since we’ve forgotten the past, we are ill equipped to handle the present or the future. A hundred years ago, there was a strange illness with no known cure. Like COVID 19, it attacked the lungs and organs. People infected coughed up … Remembering the Past . . . in the ERA of COVID
July 15 has come and went . . . and the tax bill does not fit into your budget. . . what to do: File anyway. This stops the Failure to File Penalty. If can pay the balance by year end, make monthly payments. Ask your tax pro for bill stubs. Pay at least every … Can’t Pay Taxes? Options . . .