IRS warns taxpayers of property lien scam

This month the IRS issued a Tax Tip warning taxpayers about fake property liens. This is just one of many scams out there designed to trick you into paying money for fictitious bills. Don’t miss: IRS issues warning to virtual currency owners Here are some of the attributes of the scam that the IRS wants …

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5 tips after changing your name due to marriage or divorce

So, you married the love of your life? Or maybe you left him in the gutter where you found him? Either way, the IRS wants you to know that whatever your name is, the name on your tax return must match the name registered with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Here are five things to keep in …

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Reflecting on the past decade of accounting

As we head into a new decade, it is beneficial to reflect on the past years to see the things that we have done and where we are going. Looking back, we are able to take a look at the accounting profession and see how it has changed in the recent years and where those …

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New tax law changes: Taxpayer First Act

The Taxpayer First Act of 2019 was signed by President Trump on July 1, 2019. The purpose of the Act is to ultimately make taxpayers’ experience with the IRS easier and safer by improving customer service and adding safeguards during contact with the IRS. Included below is a list of some of the most interesting …

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Don’t get scammed by fake IRS

The impostors, impersonators and general all-around bad guys are at it again. According to the IRS, notifications to phishing@IRS.gov are up substantially on unsolicited emails, claiming to be from the IRS. It begs the question, would there ever be a solicited email from the IRS? Don’t miss: Call from the SSA? Don’t fall for it. …

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What you need to know about the Equifax data breach settlement

In September 2017, Equifax announced a data breach that exposed personal information of 147 million people. Yes, you read that right. 147 MILLION. So, what do you do if you were affected? The credit reporting company allegedly failed to take reasonable steps to secure its network. Now millions of vulnerable names, dates of birth, social …

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IRS expands list of preventive care allowed with High Deductible Health Plans

The IRS recently released Notice 2019-45 which expands the list of preventive care allowed with health savings accounts (HSAs). This notice focuses on treatment and testing for individuals diagnosed with certain chronic conditions, making care and prevention more affordable to taxpayers with high deductible health care plans. Created in 2003, HSAs have become an increasingly …

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NFL training camps and tax implications

The most exciting time of year is back! That’s right, football season has kicked off with NFL training camps in full swing.  Did you think I would mention Christmas? That is still about 130 days away, which leaves plenty of time to shop. I do a lot of my shopping at the NFL Team Store …

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Checking your withholding just got easier

Easy peasy now takes on a whole new meaning. And stranger yet, it’s happening in the tax world. The IRS just launched a new IRS Tax Withholding Estimator. With efforts to improve services for taxpayers, the new Estimator replaces the old Withholding Calculator. I think we can all agree it was time for a facelift. …

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How to get organized for tax time

The kids are finally going back to school, and you uncover an unruly pile of paper accumulated during the year that you will need for your tax return. “Oh, how I wish I had a better way to organize these records!” you mutter under your breath. Well, it’s never to late to start, and certainly …

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