by Peter Desmond Hopkins, CPA, MS Perhaps the most significant change enacted last December as part of what is commonly called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) is the preferential treatment now afforded business income. Corporations saw their graduated rate structure that topped out at 35% replaced with a flat rate of 21%. While…

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Last month, individuals with “seriously delinquent tax debts” became subject to a new set of provisions courtesy of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, signed into law in December 2015. The FAST Act requires the IRS to notify the State Department of taxpayers the IRS has certified as owing a seriously delinquent tax debt…

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If you donated a car to a qualified charitable organization in 2017, and intend to claim a deduction, you should be aware of the special rules that apply to vehicle donations. Note: You can deduct contributions to a charity only if you itemize deductions using Schedule A of Form 1040. Charities typically sell donated vehicles.…

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Earlier is better when it comes to working on your taxes, but many people find preparing their tax return to be stressful and frustrating. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be. Here are six tips for a stress-free tax season. Don’t Procrastinate. Resist the temptation to put off your taxes until the very last minute. Your…

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Recent tax reform legislation affected many provisions in the tax code. Many were modified, either permanently or temporarily, while some were repealed entirely. Here are five that survived. Mortgage Interest Deduction While the Senate bill would have temporarily repealed the mortgage interest deduction through 2025, the final version of the act retained it, albeit with…

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Nearly 155 million individual tax returns are expected to be filed in 2018, according to the IRS, which began accepting electronic and paper tax returns on Monday, January 29, 2018. The January 29 opening date was set to ensure the security and readiness of key tax processing systems in advance of the opening and to…

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The IRS is seeing an emergence of a new scam this filing season. This new scam involves the filing of fraudulent returns using taxpayers’ real information such as income, dependents, credits, deductions and actual taxpayer bank account information. Once the refund from the fraudulent return is directly deposited into the taxpayer’s account, the scammer, posing…

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