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30May2012

How Business Website Expenses Are Deducted

With the explosion of online businesses, one would think that there would be a standard method of deducting the cost of your business website. But some questions still exist as to what part of a website is considered software, and to date, the IRS has not fully clarified that issue for tax purposes. Purchased Websites
  • 30 May, 2012
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24May2012

Is Your Hobby a For-Profit Endeavor?

The tax treatment for a hobby is substantially different than it is for a business, which sometimes makes it difficult to distinguish one from the other. The IRS provides appropriate guidelines when determining whether an activity is engaged in for profit, such as a business or investment activity, or is engaged in as a hobby.
  • 24 May, 2012
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22May2012

Is Your Child a Full-Time Student?

If you have a qualified child you can claim an exemption for that child on your tax return, which results in a $3,800 deduction for 2012 (up from $3,700 in 2011). Depending upon your tax bracket, that deduction can produce a substantial tax savings. To be treated as a qualified child, a child must be
  • 22 May, 2012
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17May2012

Identity Theft and Tax Fraud Are Growing Problems

Cyber criminals have been using stolen identities to file tax returns and obtain fraudulent refunds. Tax preparers have reported an increase in e-file rejections because the taxpayers’ or their children’s SSNs have already been used in a previously e-filed return, which results in the e-filed return being rejected. Generally, identity thieves use personal data to
  • 17 May, 2012
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15May2012

Read This before Tossing Old Tax Records

Now that you’ve completed your taxes for 2011, you are probably wondering what old records can be discarded. If you are like most taxpayers, you have records from years ago that you are afraid to throw away. To determine how to proceed, it is helpful to understand why the records needed to be kept in
  • 15 May, 2012
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10May2012

May 2012 Dates to Remember

May 2012 Individual Due Date Reminders May 10 – Report Tips to Employer If you are an employee who works for tips and received more than $20 in tips during April, you are required to report them to your employer on IRS Form 4070 no later than May 10. Your employer is required to withhold
  • 10 May, 2012
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