Recommended actions to protect yourself from Identity theft

This item was originally posted on November 23, 2012.  As we enter tax season this has become a popular topic once again and we are re-posting this for your convenience. It took a couple of weeks for the public to be notified of the theft of South Carolina tax information and a couple more weeks […]

Choosing Which Form to File

IRS e-file makes it easy for taxpayers to choose which tax form to file. Tax software automatically chooses the best form for your particular situation. Most people e-file these days, but if you prefer taking pen to paper, the IRS has some tips to help you choose the right form. Taxpayers who choose to file […]

IRS Extends Tax Relief to Some New Jersey and New York Victims of Hurricane Sandy; Return Filing and Tax Payment Deadline Extended to April 1, 2013

WASHINGTON –– In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Internal Revenue Service announced additional tax relief to affected individuals and businesses. The IRS is further extending tax deadlines of that relief until April 1 for the following localities: In New Jersey (starting Oct. 26): Monmouth and Ocean counties. In New York (starting Oct. 27): Nassau, […]

How to Get IRS Forms and Publications

The Internal Revenue Service provides free tax forms and publications on a wide variety of topics – from tax credits for individuals to a tax guide for small businesses. Here are four easy ways to obtain tax forms and publications from the IRS: 1. On the Internet.  You can get IRS forms and instructions quickly and […]

Five Good Reasons to E-file Your Tax Return

If you haven’t tried IRS e-file before, now is the time. Most taxpayers – more than 80 percent – file electronically. The IRS has processed more than 1 billion individual tax returns safely and securely since the nationwide debut of electronic filing in 1990. Fewer people file a paper tax return every year. Here are […]

SCDOR Reassures Public About e-Filing

The South Carolina Department of Revenue places the highest priority on safeguarding taxpayer information entrusted to it by all taxpayers.  The electronic filing of tax returns with the Department has always been, and will remain, a safe, secure and efficient means of filing. In light of the recent computer security breach, it is important to […]

IRS To Accept Returns Claiming Education Credits by Mid-February

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service announced that processing of tax returns claiming education credits will begin by the middle of February. Taxpayers using Form 8863, Education Credits, can begin filing their tax returns after the IRS updates its processing systems. Form 8863 is used to claim two higher education credits — the American Opportunity […]

Who Should File a 2012 Tax Return?

If you received income during 2012, you may need to file a tax return in 2013. The amount of your income, your filing status, your age and the type of income you received will determine whether you’re required to file. Even if you are not required to file a tax return, you may still want […]

IRS Kicks Off 2013 Tax Season; Most Individual Returns Can Be Filed Now

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today opened the 2013 filing season by announcing a variety of enhanced products and services to help taxpayers prepare and file their tax returns by the April 15 deadline. New and expanded services for taxpayers this year include a redesigned web site that’s easier to navigate and improved […]

The Big Picture with Charles Bierbauer; a recap of the issues surrounding ProtectMyID/SCDOR

A few months have now past since the big hacking incident at the South Carolina Department of Revenue revealed the social security numbers of millions of South Carolina taxpayers. While many of us were intently focused on this issue from day one, many others actually have a life and may have missed a few beats. […]