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It’s Tax Day 2019! Need more time to file your 2018 tax return? Read this!

It’s Tax Day 2019! Need more time to file your 2018 tax return? Read this!

Need more time to prepare your federal tax return? This post provides information on how to apply for a 6-month extension of time to file (October 15, 2019). Please be aware that an extension of time to file your return does not grant you any extension of time to pay your taxes. Late Filing PenaltyRead more about It’s Tax Day 2019! Need more time to file your 2018 tax return? Read this![…]

I haven’t filed a tax return for several years! What am I going to do?

I haven’t filed a tax return for several years! What am I going to do?

You are not alone! Many people struggle with their income taxes and it is not uncommon for us to help clients file past tax returns if they owe the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The first step of the journey is to get you into tax compliance. Then we can assist you on the path ofRead more about I haven’t filed a tax return for several years! What am I going to do?[…]

How to Overcome Obstacles in a Micro Business

How to Overcome Obstacles in a Micro Business

Operating a micro business has unique challenges. Unlike a business with 25, 50, 100, or even more employees, micro businesses operate with a much smaller group of employees. Many micros, of course, have the owner as the only “employee” or just a couple of employees. While it might be easy to say that all businessesRead more about How to Overcome Obstacles in a Micro Business[…]

Making a Frivolous Tax Argument? It Can Cost You!

Making a Frivolous Tax Argument? It Can Cost You!

The Internal Revenue Service has issued another warning to taxpayers against using frivolous tax arguments to avoid paying taxes. This scheme involving outlandish legal claims is on the agency’s top 12 list of tax scams. Promoters of frivolous schemes encourage taxpayers to make unreasonable and outlandish legal claims to avoid paying their taxes. The IRSRead more about Making a Frivolous Tax Argument? It Can Cost You![…]

An estimated 26,900 Hoosiers will loose unclaimed refunds for 2015 if their 2015 return is not filed by April 15, 2019!

An estimated 26,900 Hoosiers will loose unclaimed refunds for 2015 if their 2015 return is not filed by April 15, 2019!

Unclaimed income tax refunds totaling almost $1.4 billion may be waiting for an estimated 1.2 million taxpayers who did not file a 2015 Form 1040 federal income tax return, according to the Internal Revenue Service. To collect the money, these taxpayers must file their 2015 tax returns with the IRS no later than this year’sRead more about An estimated 26,900 Hoosiers will loose unclaimed refunds for 2015 if their 2015 return is not filed by April 15, 2019![…]

File by April 15th even if you can’t pay by April 15th!

File by April 15th even if you can’t pay by April 15th!

  The IRS anticipates that most taxpayers will be affected by major tax law changes. While most will get a tax refund, others may find that they owe taxes, many of whom may qualify for a waiver of the estimated tax penalty that normally applies. See Form 2210, Underpayment of Estimated Tax by Individuals, EstatesRead more about File by April 15th even if you can’t pay by April 15th![…]

5 things you should know about the 2018 Form 1040

5 things you should know about the 2018 Form 1040

There are several changes to the 2018 Form 1040. However, taxpayers who file electronically may not notice the changes as the tax return preparation software guides people through the filing process. The IRS worked closely with its partners in the tax return preparation and tax software industries to prepare for tax reform and tax form changesRead more about 5 things you should know about the 2018 Form 1040[…]

The penalty and interest for not filing a federal tax return on time are more than for not paying on time!

The penalty and interest for not filing a federal tax return on time are more than for not paying on time!

April 15th is the due date for tax filing and paying if you owe Generally, April 15 is the deadline for most people to file their individual income tax returns and pay any tax owed. During its processing, the IRS checks your tax return for mathematical accuracy. When processing is complete, if you owe anyRead more about The penalty and interest for not filing a federal tax return on time are more than for not paying on time![…]

Don’t let a ghost prepare your tax return!

Don’t let a ghost prepare your tax return!

Beware Ghost Preparers! The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers to avoid unethical tax return preparers, known as ghost preparers. By law, anyone who is paid to prepare or assist in preparing federal tax returns must have a valid 2019 Preparer Tax Identification Number, or PTIN. Paid preparers must sign the return and include theirRead more about Don’t let a ghost prepare your tax return![…]