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A Summer Adjustment Can Prevent a Tax-Time Surprise

When it comes to filing a federal tax return, many people discover that they either get a larger refund or owe more tax than they expected. But this type of tax surprise doesn’t have to happen to you. One way to prevent it is to change the amount of tax withheld from your wages. You […]

What to do if You Get a Notice from the IRS

July 2, 2014. Each year the IRS mails millions of notices. Here’s what you should do if you receive a notice from the IRS: 1. Don’t ignore it. You can respond to most IRS notices quickly and easily. And it’s important that you reply promptly. 2. IRS notices usually deal with a specific issue about your tax […]

Social Security Defines Policy for Same-Sex Married Couples

Social Security has published new instructions that allow the agency to process more claims in which entitlement or eligibility is affected by a same-sex relationship. These instructions come in response to last year’s Supreme Court decision in U.S. vs. Windsor, which found Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. This latest policy development […]

Use IRS Direct Pay to make free one time federal tax payments

The IRS recently announced that taxpayers could now make free one time federal tax payments using Direct Pay.  There are no fees and no complicated registration requirements to use this service.  It can be used for balances due or estimated tax payments.  This promises to be an excellent alternative to the time consuming and sometimes […]

Make Plans Now for Next Year’s Tax Return

Most people stop thinking about taxes after they file their tax return. But there’s no better time to start tax planning than right now. And it’s never too early to set up a smart recordkeeping system. Here are six IRS tips to help you start to plan for this year’s taxes: 1. Take action when life […]

Four Things to Know about Net Investment Income Tax

Starting in 2013, some taxpayers may be subject to the Net Investment Income Tax. You may owe this tax if you have income from investments and your income for the year is more than certain limits. Here are four things from the IRS that you should know about this tax: 1. Net Investment Income Tax.  The […]

Retirees Face April 1 Deadline For Retirement Plan Distributions

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers who turned 70½ during 2013 that in most cases they must start receiving required minimum distributions (RMDs) from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and workplace retirement plans by Tuesday, April 1, 2014. The April 1 deadline applies to owners of traditional IRAs but not Roth IRAs. Normally, it […]

Time May be Running Out to Enroll in Health Coverage – March 31

Health Care Law Considerations for 2014 For most people, the Affordable Care Act has no effect on the 2013 income tax return they are filing in 2014. However, some people may need to make important decisions by the March 31, 2014 deadline for open enrollment. Below are five things about the health care law you […]

The Individual Shared Responsibility Payment – An Overview

Starting January 2014, you and your family must either have health insurance coverage throughout the year, qualify for an exemption from coverage, or make a payment when you file your 2014 federal income tax return in 2015. Many people already have qualifying health insurance coverage and do not need to do anything more than maintain […]

What do I need to know about the Health Care Law for 2013 Returns

For most people, the Affordable Care Act has no effect on their 2013 federal income tax return. For example, you will not report health care coverage under the individual shared responsibility provision or claim the premium tax credit until you file your 2014 return in 2015. However, for some people, a few provisions may affect […]