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An IRS online account is simple, safe, and secure

An IRS online account makes it easy for people to quickly get the tax planning info they need. With the same ease that taxpayers have when banking online or placing an online shopping order, they can log in and get the latest on their payment history, balance, and more. Taxpayers can view information about their account including: […]

Know what’s deductible after buying that first home, sweet home

Making the dream of owning a home a reality is a big step for many people. Whether a fixer-upper or dream home, homeownership is a milestone that can come with a learning curve. First-time homeowners should make themselves familiar with authorized deductions, programs that can assist with home ownership and the use of housing allowances […]

Sept. 15 is the deadline for third quarter estimated tax payments

The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers who pay estimated taxes that the deadline to submit their third quarter payment is September 15, 2022. Taxpayers not subject to withholding, such as those who are self-employed, investors or retirees, may need to make quarterly estimated tax payments. Taxpayers with other income not subject to withholding, including interest, dividends, […]

Educator expense deduction rises to $300 in 2022

As the new school year begins, the Internal Revenue Service reminds teachers and other educators that they’ll be able to deduct up to $300 of out-of-pocket classroom expenses for 2022 when they file their federal income tax return next year. This is the first time the annual limit has increased since the special educator expense […]

What business owners need to do when closing their doors for good

There are a few things business owners need to do before they close their business. Of course, they need to fulfill their federal tax responsibilities. It’s also important to notify the IRS of their plans. Business owners must take these steps when closing a business: File a final tax return and related forms. The type of […]

Some things to know about crowdfunding and taxes

Crowdfunding is a popular way to raise money online. People often use crowdfunding to fundraise for a business, for charity, or for gifts. It’s important to know that money raised through crowdfunding may be taxable. Some money raised through crowdfunding may be considered a gift. Under federal tax law, gross income includes all income from […]

Business related travel deductions

Business travel deductions are available when employees must travel away from their tax home or main place of work for business reasons. The travel period must be substantially longer than an ordinary day’s work and a need for sleep or rest to meet the demands the work while away. Travel expenses must be ordinary and necessary. They can’t be lavish, […]

Year-round tax planning: Part 1

 All taxpayers should understand eligibility for credits and deductions Tax credits and deductions can help lower the amount of tax owed. All taxpayers should begin planning now to take advantage of the credits and deductions they are eligible for when they file their 2022 federal income tax return next year. Here are a few facts that can help […]

Options for taxpayers who need help paying their tax bill

Taxpayers who can’t pay the full amount of federal taxes they owe should file their tax return on time and pay as much as possible. This will help reduce penalties and interest. If they can’t pay their full bill, they have some other options. Get a loan In many cases, loan costs may be lower […]

Small business rent expenses may be tax deductible

Rent is any amount paid for the use of property that a small business doesn’t own. Typically, rent can be deducted as a business expense when the rent is for property the taxpayer uses for the business. Here are some things small business owners should keep in mind when it comes to deducting rental expenses: […]