Amended Returns – facts

If you need to amend your tax return, use Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. Use Form 1040X to correct previously filed Forms 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ. The 1040X can also be used to correct a return filed electronically. However, you can only paper file an amended return. You should file an amended…

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Tax hikes are upon us – planning information

With the enactment of an enhanced federal role in medical care comes the need for revenue enhancement. The age of new tax hikes is upon us. Some planning information. 3.8% “Medicare” tax on investment income and an additional 0.9% Medicare tax on wages – Beginning in 2013 workers at all income levels could be squeezed…

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CORRESPONDENCE AUDITS OF SOLE PROPRIETORS

Estimates by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) show that $68 billion of the $345 billion tax gap in 2001 was due to sole proprietors who underreported their income. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) evaluated closed correspondence audits of individual returns reporting sole proprietor operations and found significant tax issues were not addressed during…

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Common tax filing mistakes to avoid

Here are some ways to avoid common tax return errors. File electronically. If you e-file or Free File, tax software will do the calculations, flag common errors and prompt you for missing information. Remember Making Work Pay. The Making Work Pay tax credit –– available in 2009 and 2010 –– is worth up to $400…

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Top 10 First-Time Homebuyer Credit Tax Tips

There is still time to claim the First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit on your 2009 tax return. If you purchased or entered into a binding contract to purchase a home in 2009 or early 2010, you may be eligible to claim the First-Time Homebuyer Credit. Claiming this credit might mean a larger refund. Here are 10…

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Special Payroll Tax Exemption Form Now Available

The Internal Revenue Service today released a new form that will help employers claim the special payroll tax exemption that applies to many newly-hired workers during 2010, created by the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act signed by President Obama on March 18. New Form W-11, Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act Employee…

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Contributing to an Individual Retirement Plan

If you haven’t made all the contributions to your traditional Individual Retirement Arrangement that you want to make – don’t worry, you may still have time. Here are the top 10 things the Internal Revenue Service wants you to know about setting aside retirement money in an IRA. You may be able to deduct some…

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Taxpayer Advocate Service

The Taxpayer Advocate Service is an independent organization within the Internal Revenue Service whose employees assist taxpayers who are experiencing economic harm, who are seeking help in resolving problems with the IRS, or who believe that an IRS system or procedure is not working as it should. Here are seven things every taxpayer should know…

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