Common Errors to Avoid When Filing a Tax Return

Common Errors to Avoid When Filing a Tax Return While not all mistakes on tax returns cause delays in refunds, some do. 1. Not using electronic filing. While this isn’t necessarily a mistake per se, filing electronically is the best way to cut the chances for many tax return mistakes while maximizing deductions to reduce the…

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Economic Impact Payments: Round Three

Economic Impact Payments: Round Three On March 12, following the American Rescue Plan Act’s approval and signing, the IRS began sending out the third round of Economic Impact Payments. Most payments were sent out via direct deposit, but approximately 150,000 checks were mailed by the Treasury Department as well. Taxpayers who received EIP1 or EIP2…

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Coronavirus-Related Distributions and Loans

Coronavirus-Related Distributions and Loans The Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act made it easier to access savings in IRAs and workplace retirement plans for those affected by the coronavirus. This relief provided favorable tax treatment for certain withdrawals from retirement plans and IRAs, including expanded loan options. Distributions: Certain distributions made from Jan. 1,…

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Q & A: The $10,200 Unemployment Tax Break

Q & A: The $10,200 Unemployment Tax Break Generally, unemployment compensation received under the unemployment compensation laws of the United States or a state is considered taxable income and must be reported on your federal tax return. However, a new tax break – in effect only for the 2020 tax year – lets you exclude…

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PPP Loan Deadline Extended Through May 31

PPP Loan Deadline Extended Through May 31 The Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act of 2021 was signed into law on March 31, 2021, extending the deadline to apply for a loan by an extra 60 days, from March 31 to May 31, 2021. The law also gives the Small Business Administration (SBA) an additional 30…

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American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) into law on Thursday afternoon. This $1.9 trillion stimulus package contains extensions to unemployment, direct stimulus payments, provisions for small businesses, state and local aid, as well as funding for K-12 schools. Employee Retention Credit (ERC) Last year,…

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Unemployment Benefits Identity Theft Scam Alert

Unemployment Benefits Identity Theft Scam Alert During 2020, millions of taxpayers were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through job loss or reduced work hours. Some taxpayers who faced unemployment or reduced work hours applied for and received unemployment compensation from their state. As a reminder, unemployment benefits are taxable income and must be reported on…

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Capital Gains Tax on Sale of Stocks

Capital Gains Tax on Sale of Stocks Apps like Robinhood make it easy for everyone to play the stock market. If you’re a retail investor who made money last year buying and selling stocks, you may owe capital gains tax when you file your tax return this year. If you lost money, you may be…

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Tax Breaks for Families with Children

Tax Breaks for Families with Children If you have children, one or more of these tax credits and deductions could help your family reduce the amount of tax owed. Let’s take a look: 1. Child Tax Credit Generally, taxpayers can claim the Child Tax Credit for each qualifying child under the age of 17. The…

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Renting Out a Second Home

Renting Out a Second Home In general, income from rental of a vacation home for 15 days or longer must be reported on your tax return on Schedule E, Supplemental Income and Loss. You should also keep in mind that the definition of a “vacation home” is not limited to a house. Apartments, condominiums, mobile homes,…

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Relief for Taxpayers Struggling With Tax Debts

Relief for Taxpayers Struggling With Tax Debts While there have always been payment options available from the IRS to help taxpayers struggling to pay tax debts, the new IRS Taxpayer Relief Initiative was put into place to expand these options and offer relief during the pandemic. These revised COVID-related collection procedures will help taxpayers, especially…

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Taxable vs. Nontaxable Income

Are you wondering if there’s a hard and fast rule about what income is taxable and what income is not taxable? The quick answer is that all income is taxable unless the law specifically excludes it. But as you might have guessed, there’s more to it than that. Taxable income includes any money you receive,…

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What’s New for 2020 Tax Returns

What’s New for 2020 Tax Returns As always, taxpayers should be aware of several key items involving credits, deductions, and refunds when filing their tax returns. Let’s take a look: 1. Recovery Rebate Credit/Economic Impact Payment. In January, the Treasury Department and the IRS began sending the second round of Economic Impact Payments (EIP2) to millions…

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Protecting Business Taxpayers From Identity Theft

Protecting Business Taxpayers From Identity Theft Starting December 13, 2020, the IRS began masking sensitive data on business tax transcripts. Previously, only sensitive data on individual tax transcripts was masked. Here’s what you need to know about this new initiative to protect business taxpayers from identity theft: What is a tax transcript? A tax transcript…

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