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23Apr2013

Beware of Bogus IRS Emails

Every tax-filing season, the scammers and ID thieves try to sucker people into providing personal and financial information through the use of phony e-mails. The IRS receives thousands of reports every year from taxpayers who received emails out of the blue claiming to be from the IRS. Scammers use the IRS name or logo to
  • 23 Apr, 2013
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18Apr2013

Checking the Status of Your Federal Tax Refund is Easy

If you already filed your federal tax return and are due a refund, you can check the status of your refund online. Where’s My Refund? http://www.irs.gov/Refunds/Where’s-My-Refund-It’s-Quick,-Easy,-and-Secure. is an interactive tool on the IRS web site. Whether you split your refund among several accounts, opted for direct deposit into one account, or asked the IRS to
  • 18 Apr, 2013
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15Apr2013

Individual Estimated Tax Payments for 2013 Start Soon

Our tax system is a “pay-as-you-go” system, and if your pre-paid amount is not enough, you become liable for non-deductible interest penalties. To facilitate that concept, the government has provided several means of assisting taxpayers in meeting the “pay-as-you-go” requirement. The primary among these include: Payroll withholding for employees; Pension withholding for retirees; and Estimated
  • 15 Apr, 2013
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12Apr2013

Tax Breaks for Charity Volunteers

If you volunteer your time for a charity, you may qualify for tax breaks. Although no tax deduction is allowed for the value of services performed for a charity, some deductions are permitted for out-of-pocket costs incurred while performing the services. The normal deduction limits and substantiation rules also apply. The following are some examples:
  • 12 Apr, 2013
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09Apr2013

Are You Collecting the Needed W-9s?

If you use independent contractors to perform services for your business or rental that is a trade or business, and you pay them $600 or more for the year, you are required to issue them a Form 1099 after the end of the year to avoid facing the loss of the deduction for their labor
  • 9 Apr, 2013
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08Apr2013

Tax Filing Deadline Rapidly Approaching

Just a reminder to those who have not yet filed their 2012 tax return that April 15, 2013 is the due date to either file your return and pay any taxes owed, or file for the automatic six-month extension and pay the tax you estimate to be due. In addition, the April 15, 2013 deadline
  • 8 Apr, 2013
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04Apr2013

April 2013 Due Dates

April 2013 Individual Due Dates April 10 – Report Tips to Employer If you are an employee who works for tips and received more than $20 in tips during March, you are required to report them to your employer on IRS Form 4070 no later than April 10. Your employer is required to withhold FICA
  • 4 Apr, 2013
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01Apr2013

Tax Tips for Recently Married Taxpayers

If you got married during 2012, here are some post-marriage tips to help you avoid stress at tax time. Notify the Social Security Administration − Report any name change to the Social Security Administration so that your name and SSN will match when filing your next tax return. Informing the SSA of a name change
  • 1 Apr, 2013
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