Posts Tagged: ‘Tax’

9 Common Tax Errors People Make

March 24, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Small errors on your tax return can cost you big time. If you want to get your tax refund as quickly as possible and avoid fines, don’t make these nine common errors.

  1. Wrong or Missing Social Security Numbers. All of the tax information that gets reported to the IRS is tied to your Social Security number. As a result, if you provide the wrong number, the IRS will not be able to match up your return with the information that your employer and financial institutions have provided.
  2. Wrong Names. The IRS receives many returns on which people’s names are incorrect. Double check your Social Security card to ensure you are providing your legal name.
  3. Filing Status Errors. Some filing statuses can give additional tax breaks, but it is critical to choose the right one for your particular situation. Often, taxpayers make mistakes in choosing a filing status for which they don’t qualify, such as, head of household for unmarried individuals.
  4. Math Errors. Tax software typically catches math errors; however, if you make a simple data-entry mistake, your numbers will still be off. Double check everything with a calculator to avoid this problem.
  5. Errors in Figuring Credits or Deductions. Some tax breaks are complicated and the IRS says that errors in figuring the earned income tax credit, child and dependent care credit and the standard deduction are particularly common. The best way to avoid these errors is to follow instructions carefully in calculating these credits and deductions.
  6. Incorrect Bank Account Numbers. If you use direct deposit to get your refund, make sure you have provided the correct routing number and account number. If you don’t, your refund won’t get processed correctly.
  7. Not signing or dating your tax forms. It is easy to forget one of these key final steps after spending hours or days preparing your return. However, an unsigned tax return is not valid. Also, if you are filing a joint return, both spouses have to sign.
  8. Errors with validating an electronically filed tax return. If you file electronically, you have to select a personal identification number to use to validate your return. Often, taxpayers do not understand the procedure or fail to provide the correct number.
  9. Not Correcting Erroneous Tax Information Forms. If there are errors on your W-2 form from your employer or on your 1099 forms from financial institutions, you should not ignore them. Rather, talk to the reporting party and ask them to correct the error. Otherwise, the IRS will flag a mismatch between what you filed and what the other party filed and it will be up to you to prove you are right.

 

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IRS Warns Taxpayers of the Latest Tax Scam

October 13, 2016 Posted by kingcade

The IRS has issued a fraud alert, IR-2016-123, warning taxpayers to watch out for fake emails alleging to contain an IRS tax bill related to the Affordable Care Act just a few days before the October 15th tax filing deadline.

The IRS received numerous reports from across the country of scammers sending a fraudulent version of CP2000 notices for the tax year 2015 as an email attachment. The CP2000 is a notice commonly mailed to taxpayers through the U.S. Postal Service. It is never sent as part of an email.

Below are four indications that you have received a fake CP2000 notice:

  • The notices are being sent electronically, even though the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email or through social media platforms.
  • The CP2000 notices appear to be issued from an Austin, Texas address.
  • The underreported issue is related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requesting information regarding 2014 coverage.
  • The payment voucher lists the letter number as 105C.

 

According to the alert, the fraudulent CP2000 notices include a payment request that taxpayers mail a check made out to “I.R.S.” to the “Austin Processing Center” at a Post Office box address.

The IRS urges taxpayers and tax professionals who receive this scam email to forward it to phishing@irs.gov and then delete it from their account.

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IRS Makes More Changes to Help Taxpayers gain a ‘Fresh Start’ with their Finances

May 31, 2012 Posted by kingcade

On May 21, 2012 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced a change in the terms of the Offer In Compromise presented to taxpayers to promote the ‘Fresh Start’ initiative. An Offer In Compromise is a leniency accessible to financially distressed taxpayers who meet certain guidelines. The new terms for the ‘Fresh Start’ initiative reflect the government’s attempt to help struggling taxpayers resolve their tax debt in 1 – 2 years, as opposed to 4 – 5 years.

The changes to be made to the guidelines for an Offer In Compromise include:

• Calculating a taxpayers future income will now include only one year if payment can be made in 5 months or fewer, or two years if payment will be made anywhere from 6 months to 2 years
• Taxpayers will now be allowed to pay student loans as part of their living expenses
• Taxpayers will be allowed to pay delinquent state and local taxes
• Taxpayers Allowable Living Expenses will be expanded to provide a more fair and consistent plan

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