IRS and Federally Declared Disaster Areas

People living in a federally declared disaster area are entitled to a wide variety of tax benefits. Around the Nation provides IRS news specific to local areas, primarily disaster relief or tax provisions that affect certain states. 2012 federally declared disaster areas

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Non-business Energy Vs. Residential Energy Efficient Property Tax Credits – IRS Form 5695

The most important thing to remember about the non-business energy property credit and the residential energy efficient property credit is that not all energy-efficient improvements qualify so be sure you have the manufacturer’s tax credit certification statement IN YOUR TAX

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IRS Stakeholder Liaison Meeting Summary

The following are the notes from the most recent IRS Stakeholder Liaison Meeting held in Denver Colorado as prepared by IRS Senior Stakeholder Liaison Deborah Rodgers Michael Shuler,  Local Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson, the National Taxpayer Advocate’s (NTA) objectives report

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IRS Forms 8941 + 3800 Calculating + Claiming Small Business Health Care Tax Credit

For tax years 2010 to 2013, the maximum credit for eligible small business employers under the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit is 35 percent of premiums paid and for eligible tax-exempt employers the maximum credit is 25 percent of

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IRS Tax Preparation Scams + The American Opportunity Tax Credit

I opened another file today involving a taxpayer that got scammed by the person who prepared his 2011 tax return. In this scheme the promoter claimed the taxpayer could get a tax refund based on the American Opportunity Tax Credit

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Ex Parte Communication and IRS Appeals – Rev. Proc. 2012-18

Ex parte communication is oral or written communication that takes place between any IRS Appeals employees such as Appeals Officers, Settlement Officers, Appeals Team Case Leaders, Appeals Tax Computation Specialists and employees of other IRS functions without the taxpayer's representative being given an

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IRS Publication 4681 Re: Mortgage Debt Forgiveness

This post is a brief review of IRS Publication 4681, Canceled Debts, Foreclosures, Repossessions, and Abandonment (For Individuals) as it relates to mortgage debt forgiveness. If your debt is reduced or eliminated you normally will receive a year-end statement, IRS Form 1099-C, Cancellation

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Reporting Involuntary Conversion of Business Property IRC 1231

Generally when §1231 gains exceed §1231 losses during the year, the net §1231 gain is taxed as a long-term capital gain. However, if there are nonrecaptured §1231 losses from prior years, the net §1231 gain is taxed as ordinary income

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The 5 Tax Benefits of Procreating

Generally the five tax benefits of having children are the: dependency exemption, child tax credit, earned income credit (EIC), child and dependent care credit and head of household filing status. These benefits can be split only when the parents are

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Reporting Capital Gains and Losses to IRS

In tax year 2011 the IRS created Form 8949, Sales and Other Dispositions of Capital Assets, for taxpayers to calculate capital gains and losses. List all capital gain and loss transactions on this form. The subtotals from this form will

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