Car Sales Tax Deduction for 2009 Only

People who buy a new car, motorcycle, truck or other vehicle can deduct the entire amount of sales tax paid (up to the first $49,500 of purchase price) either as an itemized deduction or as an addition to their standard deduction.

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American Opportunity Credit for Undergraduates

A new tax credit for students attending the first four-years of college. The credit is worth up to $2,500, 40% of which is refundable (meaning it can increase your tax refund even if you have zero tax liability). This new credit is more generous than the Hope Credit (which it temporarily replaces for 2009 and…

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Tax on sales of human body parts

It may seem ghoulish, but there does seem to be a controversy brewing over the appropriate tax treatment of sales of anatomical specimens such as human eggs and blood plasma, and even black market sales of kidneys and other vital organs. University of Cincinnati tax law professor Paul Caron’s invaluable TaxProf blog cites a new…

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Tips for small business on avoiding IRS audit

1. Use accounting software to keep books on a daily basis and input all financial transactions into this software. The client should use one database for their business and one for personal financial data to ensure that 100 percent of financial transactions are recorded. 2. Verify that your tax preparer is licensed, and question them…

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Reduce the chance of getting audited

Except for tax protestors, no one wants to fight with the Internal Revenue Service. That’s why there’s such a mystique about avoiding an audit. While what-triggers-an-audit theories abound, there are some basic things you can do to reduce your chances of being picked for an audit or at least to make any interactions with the…

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Nonbusiness Energy Property credit

Taxpayers who take energy saving steps this year may get bigger tax savings next year. The Nonbusiness Energy Property Credit, a tax credit for making energy efficient improvements to homes has been increased as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Seven things the IRS wants you to know about the Nonbusiness…

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Personal exemption change for 2010

For the year 2010, the personal exemption amount is $3,650 for yourself, your spouse and each dependent you are eligible to claim. This amount is unchanged from the 2009 amount. However there’s one significant change for 2010. Unlike previous years, personal exemptions will not be reduced as a person’s income increases

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IRS Offers Guidance on Barter Reporting

In its simplest form, bartering is the trading of one product or service for another, usually with no exchange of cash. With the economy in its present state, the IRS has seen an increase in bartering exchanges. As a result, the IRS created a web page with information on the reporting requirements and other related…

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941 vs. 944 filing – Revenue Proceedure

Revenue Procedure In Rev. Proc. 2009-51, IRS sets forth procedures for employers to opt in to filing Form 944 (Employer’s Annual Federal Tax Return) and for employers previously notified to file Form 944 to opt out and file Forms 941 (Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return) instead.

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ITIN issuance generates questionable returns

Billions of dollars in tax credits are being provided to Individual Taxpayer Identification Number filers without adequate verification of eligibility, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. The Internal Revenue Service provides ITINs to individuals who are not eligible for a Social Security number to help them comply with the tax laws. Although…

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