Understanding Your 5071C Letter: Identity Verification

If you’ve received a 5071C letter, the IRS needs more information to verify your identity in order to process your tax return accurately. The IRS will continue processing your tax return once your identity is verified. Follow the identity verification steps below in order to provide the IRS with necessary information. The steps are as …

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Form 1099 Reporting Requirements

It is necessary to file form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income for each person to whom you have paid during the year: At least $10 in royalties or broker payments in lieu of dividends or tax-exempt interest $600 or more in rents, crop insurance proceeds, payments to an accountant and attorney $600 or more for medical health …

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Property Management Fraud

A former Tucson real estate agent was indicted on more than 20 counts related to real-estate fraud. The agent began operating a property management company in 2008 after suffering declines in his personal income due to the real estate crash which hit Arizona. By 2012, numerous clients had filed complaints with the Arizona Department of …

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We’re from the Government and We’re Here to Help Finance Your Education

President Obama’s recent proposal to offer two free years of community college tuition has garnered a lot of attention. But like my favorite finance guru Dave Ramsey likes to say, “When the government says ‘free’, pull out your wallet.” Along with the idea of ‘free’ college tuition, the President’s proposal includes some tax hikes. One …

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Do You Know and Trust Your Accountant?

What do you look for in a CPA? Knowledge of tax codes? Professionalism? Business advice? Personality? Wait, what? Did that last one throw you for a loop? It may seem odd to include personality on the list, but it is actually important. Think about it. People like doing business with people they like. Do you …

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Identity theft: how to protect yourself

With tax season underway and scams running rampant, here are some tips to help you avoid becoming a victim of identity theft: The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email or social media tools to request personal or financial information. If someone contacts you claiming to be from the IRS and threatens police …

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Qualified Personal Residence Trusts

GIFT YOUR RESIDENCE TO YOUR BENEFICIARIES DURING YOUR LIFETIME, CONTINUE TO RESIDE IN IT AND SAVE TAXES WHAT IS A QPRT? A qualified personal residence trust (QPRT) is a trust typically designed to transfer a primary residence (*) to your beneficiaries during your lifetime which, if you elect, permits you to serve as the trustee. …

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California’s New College Access Tax Credit

California recently passed a new personal and corporate California tax credit called the College Access Tax Credit (CATC). If you donate to the College Access Tax Credit Fund, you can offset your California taxes by 60% (for 2014) of the amount of the donation. In addition, the donation qualifies as a charitable deduction on your …

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Public Charity to a Private Foundation

The process of changing anything relating to an organization’s tax exempt status can be very confusing. A public charity can be automatically converted to a private foundation by the IRS if they don’t meet the minimum public support percentage requirement. Public charity status is generally the more desirable status, but there may be a situation …

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Business Use of a Vacation Home

Recently, a client came to me with a question. My clients’ primary residence is in Arizona, but they also own a beach house in California. The office of an important business connection is just blocks away from the beach house. The clients and their family visit the beach house often. While there, they meet with …

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