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Posts tagged "Tax Liens and Audits"

Cryptocurrency users still taxed

Many embraced cryptocurrency because it had the potential to be a very lucrative investment. It also left few traces of financial activity. The Internal Revenue Service likes seeing records and accountability, so it is no surprise that it stepped in to levy taxes on cryptocurrency or virtual currency.

Foreign investments often fall under FATCA

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) became law in 2010. It signaled a significant shift in tax obligation for foreign companies and workers doing business in the United States. In essence, it required businesses, financial institutions, banks, and certain insurance companies around the world to report to the IRS that they had U.S. account holders. This was done to ensure that citizens with foreign accounts or investments still pay their tax obligations here in the United States. Those who the IRS deems are not paying the proper amount can face severe penalties.

IRS waives penalties for 400,000 filers

The IRS has seemingly bent over backward this year in light of the significant overhaul to the tax code that applied for the first time. Now it announced that it is automatically waiving the estimated tax penalty to 400,000 eligible taxpayers who filed in 2019 (for 2018) but did not claim the for paying at least 80% of their final tax obligation. Down from the usual 90% without penalty, the agency first announced it would lower the penalty threshold to 85% on January 15 and then to 80% on March 22.

Summer-themed tax tips

The Texas heat can be unbearable, but people of all ages look forward to the summer months. There are many fun things to do for families with young folks not in school, the cost of which can often qualify for tax credits or deductions. Parents of older kids also need to remember that those with part-time work or a full-time seasonal job can file a federal tax return to get back money if they are due to get a refund on money withheld on paychecks.

Time to do a paycheck withholdings analysis

The recent tax season is behind us unless the taxpayer decided to file an extension. With a year under our belt with the new tax laws, it is now a perfect time to reevaluate the number of withholdings used and make any changes with employers as soon as possible. This will sidestep tax season surprises (good or bad), or it can ensure that the taxpayer gets a bigger refund next year.

Last-minute tax tips

Some of us get our taxes done early and cross it off our to-do list. However, there is a sizable number of procrastinators out there who wait until the 11th hour (sometimes literally) to file their taxes. With the major changes due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, waiting this year is even a bigger mistake than ever. Nevertheless, we have your back with some last-minute tips on how taxpayers can determine their obligations.

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