Relief Bill Offers Provisions for Families with Children

Beginning in July, those with children may get deposits into their bank account or paper checks for advance payment of the 2021 Child Tax Credit (CTC). The second stimulus package (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021) includes updates to the child tax credit, making it more accessible to people whose incomes fell during the pandemic. The expanded…

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2021 Economic Impact Payment Status Available

The IRS has a new tool for checking when and how they have sent your 2021 Economic Impact Payment if you are eligible to receive one. Information about the tool, ‘Get My Payment,’ can be found at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment. Or, click this link https://sa.www4.irs.gov/irfof-wmsp/login to directly access the tool. Information provided through the tool updates once…

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Pros and Cons of Tax Extensions

In general, individual and trust income tax returns are due on April 15th of each year, while partnerships and corporations must file by March 15th. If your accountant thinks there is a reasonable chance that you will not be able to file your tax return on time, they will file an automatic request for extension with…

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Filing Taxes for the Deceased

Death doesn’t cancel a final responsibility: paying income taxes. A decedent’s executor must file one last income tax return for the deceased if the deceased’s income surpassed a certain threshold. And even if a return isn’t required, a return may be necessary anyway to obtain a refund. The executor must take into account all the…

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Medical and Dental Expenses: What Can You Deduct?

Can you deduct medical and dental expenses? That’s a complicated question. To start with, your deductions must exceed 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income. And they must fall into an IRS-approved category. Deductible medical expenses may include, but aren’t limited to, the following: Payments of fees to doctors, dentists, surgeons, chiropractors, psychiatrists, psychologists, and…

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IRS Clarifies Deductible Expenses

The IRS has updated some rules for deductible expenses, as guidance in areas that may have been murky as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The rules being updated involve using optional standard mileage rates when figuring the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical, or moving expense purposes, among…

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IRS Offers Identity Protection PIN

The IRS can now assign eligible taxpayers an “IP PIN,” a six-digit code to help prevent the misuse of Social Security numbers on fraudulent federal income tax returns. As the IRS explains, this PIN helps the agency verify a taxpayer’s identity and accept his or her electronic or paper tax return. Not everyone can get…

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FDII: Tax Reform’s Overlooked Benefit of U.S. Exporters

In an effort to boost the production of U.S. goods, the 2017 Tax Act introduced a Foreign Derived Intangible Income (FDII) deduction for tax years 2018 and beyond. But despite the deduction representing a significant reduction in tax rates, the benefit remains under-utilized. If your corporation exports goods or sells services outside of the U.S.,…

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How The IRS Does and Does Not Contact Taxpayers

In order to help taxpayers avoid scams in which criminals impersonate IRS employees, IRS has issued a Fact Sheet in which it sets out the ways that it does and does not contact taxpayers. Here are various ways that legitimate IRS employees contact taxpayers. IRS initiates most contacts with taxpayers through regular mail delivered by…

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