18 02, 2022

Common Tax Increase Surprises

Picture this: For the past few years you've received your tax return and have had a small but nice refund. Now imagine your surprise, when this year, you are required to send in a fairly big check to settle your tax bill. Believe it or not, this message is almost as hard to deliver

10 02, 2022

I Owe Tax on That? 5 Surprising Taxable Items

Wages and self-employment earnings are taxable, but what about the random cash or financial benefits you receive through other means? If something of value changes hands, you can bet the IRS considers a way to tax it. Here are five taxable items that might surprise you: Scholarships and financial aid. Applying for scholarships and

27 01, 2022

What? This Form 1099 is Wrong!

It is late February and you realize the Form 1099 you received is in error. In fact, it overstates your income by several thousand dollars. What should you do? Gather your facts. Put yourself in the shoes of the vendor, bank or investment company representative. Gather evidence they will need to support your claim

13 01, 2022

Reminder: Fourth Quarter Estimated Taxes Now Due

If you have not already done so, now is the time to review your tax situation and make an estimated quarterly tax payment using Form 1040-ES. The 2021 4th quarter due date is now here. Due date: Tuesday, January 18, 2022 You are required to withhold at least 90 percent of your 2021 tax

6 01, 2022

Watch For Advance Child Tax Credit Letter

To help taxpayers reconcile and receive all of the Child Tax Credits to which they are entitled, the IRS will send Letter 6419, 2021 advance CTC, starting late December 2021 and continuing into January. The letter will include the total amount of advance Child Tax Credit payments taxpayers received in 2021 and the number

10 11, 2021

Is it really the IRS?

Pretending to be an IRS agent is one of the favorite tactics of scam artists, according to the Better Business Bureau. The con artists impersonate the IRS to either intimidate people into making payments over the phone, or to send misleading emails tricking people into sharing personal information digitally. You can defend yourself against