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Taxes Q&A: Understanding What Is And Is Not Taxable

Taxes Q&A: Understanding What Is And Is Not Taxable

Is Social Security retirement income taxable? Up to 85% of your Social Security retirement benefits may be taxable, although it depends on your total income and civil status. Federal law states that an individual must pay taxes if you have annual Social Security retirement income of more than $25,000. If you are married, you mustRead more about Taxes Q&A: Understanding What Is And Is Not Taxable[…]

Top 7 Reasons To File Your Income Tax Returns On Time

Top 7 Reasons To File Your Income Tax Returns On Time

Here are seven reasons for not being late filing your income tax returns. 1. Avoid Late Filing Penalties Late filing can result in substantial and continuing penalties. This is in addition to any interest that is due. 2. Receive Better Service from Your Tax Professional The earlier you get your paperwork to your tax professional,Read more about Top 7 Reasons To File Your Income Tax Returns On Time[…]

What Is A Dependent For Tax Purposes?

What Is A Dependent For Tax Purposes?

What are the qualifying characteristics of a dependent for tax purposes? Following is a general explanation on how to determine dependents, and how it relates to your tax status, liability and the credits you can claim on your tax return. There are a few assessments that a person must pass in order to qualify asRead more about What Is A Dependent For Tax Purposes?[…]

Your Well Being And Taxes

Your Well Being And Taxes

Few things threaten your well-being like the harassment and anxiety of persistent tax problems. Most people make 3 mistakes that get them in trouble with the IRS: 1.  They procrastinate; 2. They attempt to represent themselves; and 3. They retain sub-par representation and now are in MORE need of help than ever before. These areRead more about Your Well Being And Taxes[…]

Already Problems with Pioneer Credit Recovery – IRS Private Debt Collection Firm

Already Problems with Pioneer Credit Recovery – IRS Private Debt Collection Firm

In December 2015, Congress, via the FAST Act, directed the IRS to hire private debt collectors for some of its uncollected tax receivables. Since the passage of the FAST Act, tax professionals, and especially those at the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic – Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, have been concerned about the use of private debtRead more about Already Problems with Pioneer Credit Recovery – IRS Private Debt Collection Firm[…]

Taxpayer Advocate and Customer Service at the IRS

Taxpayer Advocate and Customer Service at the IRS

Every business has a department that deals with complaints from customers. At the IRS, this department is known as the taxpayer advocate office. Advocating for You The purpose of the taxpayer advocate office is to provide taxpayers with a friendly source to handle customer service issues. The office is run independent of the IRS andRead more about Taxpayer Advocate and Customer Service at the IRS[…]

Tax Issues for Self-Employed Individuals

Tax Issues for Self-Employed Individuals

The United States is a nation of entrepreneurs. There are literally tens of millions of self-employed individuals that enjoy pursuing their dream business. Of course, few of you enjoy the paperwork and confusing tax issues that arise from owning your own business. Many self-employed individuals are considered “sole proprietors” or “independent contractors” for legal andRead more about Tax Issues for Self-Employed Individuals[…]

Innocent Spouses – Relief from Taxes

Innocent Spouses – Relief from Taxes

Historically, tax issues arising from bad marriages fell into the category of “for better or worse.” The IRS granted no innocent spouse tax relief, but has changed its views. Tax Relief When a marriage has problems, finances are almost always one of the elements that contribute to the strife. This can be particularly true whereRead more about Innocent Spouses – Relief from Taxes[…]

Is Identity Theft Impacting Your Taxes?

Is Identity Theft Impacting Your Taxes?

If your identity is stolen, your finances can quickly become a nightmare. A less obvious problem is the effect identity theft can have on your taxes. Identity Theft Generally, thieves steal your personal data for the purpose of running up credit card charges or opening and abusing new accounts. A developing trend in the identityRead more about Is Identity Theft Impacting Your Taxes?[…]