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Here’s how the new tax law revised family tax credits

More families will be able to get more money under the newly-revised Child Tax Credit, according to the Internal Revenue Service. This is the third in a series of reminders to help taxpayers get ready for the upcoming tax filing season. Additionally, the IRS has recently updated a special page on its website with steps to take […]

Employers, Payroll Officials, Avoid the W-2 Email Scam

The IRS, state tax agencies and private-sector tax groups warned the nation’s business, payroll and human resource communities about a growing W-2 email scam that threatens sensitive tax information held by employers. These emails may start with a simple, “Hey, you in today?” and, by the end of the exchange, all of an organization’s Forms […]

Victims of Data Breaches Should Consider These Steps

The number of data breaches was already on a record pace for 2017 before the reported theft of nearly 145 million Americans’ names, addresses and Social Security numbers brought the issue to the forefront. Every day, data thefts large and small put people’s personal and financial information at risk. There are steps that data theft […]

Don’t Take the Bait; Avoid Phishing Emails by Data Thieves

With the approach of the holidays and the 2018 filing season, the IRS, state tax agencies and the nation’s tax industry urge people to be on the lookout for new, sophisticated email phishing scams that could endanger their personal information and next year’s tax refund. The most common way for cyber-criminals to steal bank account […]

National Tax Security Awareness Week: Phishing Email Scams

The IRS reminds people to be on the lookout for new, sophisticated email phishing scams. These scams not only endanger someone’s personal information, but they can also affect a taxpayer’s refund in 2018. This tip is part of National Tax Security Awareness Week. The IRS is partnering with state tax agencies, the tax industry and […]

National Tax Security Awareness Week: Keep Online Data Safe

During the holiday shopping season, shoppers are looking for the perfect gifts. At the same time, criminals are looking for sensitive data. This data includes credit card numbers, financial accounts and Social Security numbers. Cybercriminals can use this information to file a fraudulent tax return. This tip is part of National Tax Security Awareness Week. […]

Five Things to Remember about Hobby Income and Expenses

From scrapbooking to glass blowing, many Americans enjoy hobbies that are also a source of income. A taxpayer must report income on their tax return even if it is made from a hobby. However, the rules for how to report the income and expenses depend on whether the activity is a hobby or a business. […]

Get Ready for Taxes: Donations May Cut Tax Bills

WASHINGTON ― The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers looking to maximize their tax savings before the end of the year to consider charitable giving. Many taxpayers may already be planning on doing so for #GivingTuesday on Nov. 28. Giving money or goods to a tax-exempt charity before Dec. 31 can usually be deducted on that […]

Seven Things to Do When an IRS Letter Arrives

The IRS mails millions of letters to taxpayers every year for many reasons. Here are seven simple suggestions on how individuals can handle a letter or notice from the IRS: 1. Don’t panic. Simply responding will take care of most IRS letters and notices. 2. Read the entire letter carefully. Most letters deal with a specific issue […]

Taxpayers Should do an End-of-Year Withholding Check-up

As the end of the year approaches, the IRS encourages taxpayers to consider a tax withholding checkup. When taxpayers take a close look to make sure the right amount of tax is withheld now, they can avoid an unexpected tax bill next year. Here are five examples of taxpayers who would benefit from a withholding […]