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Filing and Paying on Time Saves MoneyIf you have a balance due and do not pay by April 15, you are subject to a failure-to-pay penalty. If you cannot complete your return and file it by April 15, you may request an extension of time to file. However, an extension of time to file is…

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What to Do If You Receive an IRS Notice

Don’t panic. Many of these letters can be dealt with simply and painlessly. There are a number of reasons why the IRS might send you a notice. Notices may request payment of taxes, notify you of changes to your account, or request additional information. The notice you receive normally covers a very specific issue about…

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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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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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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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