Income Tax

YARR! The IRS is After Me Booty – Is it income?

Growing up we used run around pretending that we were pirates finding buried treasure while sailing the dangerous seas. Nineteen years later as new tax interns, we found that pirates have to pay taxes just like everyone else. The tax … read more

Tax Implications of the Sharing Economy

With the rise of sharing economy websites such as Airbnb and RelayRides, it may be appealing to rent out your home or car when not in use and pocket some extra cash. But before you do, make sure you understand … read more

The Decision: Part 2 – State Tax Impact and NBA Free Agency

While most of us are disappointed that the United States soccer team was bounced from the FIFA World Cup, attention in the sports media will now focus on basketball and NBA free agency. And the attention will focus on LeBron … read more

Survey Suggests Taxpayers are Overconfident in Their Tax Prep Skills

Even as the tax code becomes increasingly complex, more and more Americans are preparing their own tax returns. A recent survey conducted by BMO Harris Financial Advisors found that nearly 48% of Americans prepare their own tax returns. Eighty-three percent … read more

IRS Videos Aim to Help Taxpayers in 2014

While they may not qualify as “popcorn flicks,” the IRS has released a series of instructional YouTube videos designed to assist taxpayers in filing their 2013 taxes. The videos cover a wide range of topics to assist taxpayers of all … read more

What’s New On the 2013 Form 1040 and Related Forms and Schedules Part 2

Part I examined Form 1040 itself. This part covers related forms and schedules. Form 1040—Schedule A, Itemized Deductions Line 1. Medical and dental expenses. The 2013 standard mileage rate for medically-related use of an auto is 24¢ per mile. Line … read more

What’s New On the 2013 Form 1040 and Related Forms and Schedules

With the start of tax season on Jan. 31, the IRS has now released on its website final tax forms and instructions for the 2013 Form 1040 and its related schedules. The instructions to the Form 1040 for 2013 carry … read more

Taxpayer Advocate Gives Annual Report to Congress

The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is an independent organization within the IRS and is the taxpayer’s voice at the IRS.  TAS employees help taxpayers who are experiencing financial difficulties, taxpayers who are seeking help in resolving problems with the IRS, … read more

Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em, Taxes Are Here to Stay

There is a popular belief out there that the United States tax system began in that unluckiest of years, 1913.  But, it actually goes back even farther than that thanks to the Civil War. In 1862, President Lincoln signed into … read more

Streamlined Procedures for Refund Claims on Overpaid Taxes for Same-Sex Couples

Employers can now claim a refund of overpaid FICA taxes and income tax withholdings paid on benefits provided to same-sex couples because those benefits are now tax free.  Regular procedures require an employer to file a separate Form 941-X for … read more


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