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How to Obtain a Transcript of Your Past Tax Information

Taxpayers who need their past tax return information can obtain it from the IRS. There are two easy and convenient options for obtaining free copies of your federal tax return information — tax return transcripts and tax account transcripts. The IRS does not charge a fee for transcripts, which are available for the current year…


Tax treatment for your children

Got Kids? They may have an impact on your tax situation. Listed below are the top 10 things the IRS wants you to consider if you have children. Dependents In most cases, a child can be claimed as a dependent in the year they were born. For more information see IRS Publication 501, Exemptions, Standard…


Dependents and Exemptions

When you prepare to file your tax return, there are two things that will factor into your tax situation: dependents and exemptions. Here are five important facts the IRS wants you to know about dependents and exemptions before you file your 2009 tax return. If someone else claims you as a dependent, you may still…


Filing Status Facts

Everyone who files a federal tax return must determine which filing status applies to them. It’s important you choose your correct filing status as it determines your standard deduction, the amount of tax you owe and ultimately, any refund owed to you. Here are eight facts about the five filing status options the IRS wants…


Recently Married or Divorced?

If you were married or divorced recently, there are a couple of things you’ll want to do to ensure the name on your tax return matches the name registered with the Social Security Administration. Here are five facts from the IRS for recently married or divorced taxpayers. Following these steps will help avoid problems when…


Use of Taxpayer Info

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Adjusting Use of Some Taxpayer Information WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced the issuance of proposed and temporary regulations and related revenue rulings addressing the use or disclosure of tax return information by tax return preparers. The regulations and related revenue rulings under section 7216 enable tax return preparers…


Tax Strategy Patents

Christopher C. Anderson (J.D. 2010, Illinois) has published Note, Patents on Tax Strategies: Just Another Harmless Subject, 2009 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1591. Here is the abstract: This Note analyzes the subject matter eligibility of patents on tax strategies. In 2003, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued the first patent explicitly covering a…