Ending a partnership

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, a lot of businesses have made the difficult decision to close their doors. If you are a partner in a partnership structure, several steps need to be taken and boxes checked to make sure the business is permanently closed. Below are the steps the IRS lays out to close a partnership …

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EIP’s, RRC’s and your stimulus checks

Congress passed several bills in the last year to provide relief for millions of Americans who are struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the provisions in these bills were geared toward assisting businesses (for example, PPP loans), while some provided aid directly to individuals. Don’t miss: Planning for stimulus The first bill …

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New form 8858 filing requirements for foreign rentals and businesses

Effective beginning in 2018, the IRS expanded the scope of those U.S. persons required to file a Form 8858 with their tax return.  In addition to reporting foreign disregarded entities (FDEs), foreign branches (FBs) must now be reported on the 8858. Don’t miss: Planning for stimulus What is considered a foreign branch for purposes of …

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Planning for stimulus

Will there be a third round of stimulus? While the White House and the Congress discuss such things, enough rumor is flying around that we need to plan for a potential third round of stimulus. As many realize, the official start of tax season was much later this year – February 12 – partially because …

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Are you choosing the best tax preparer?

It is in the taxpayer’s best interest to choose a tax preparer that best suits their needs. After all, responsibility does fall on the taxpayer for the information disclosed on their tax return, not the tax preparer. There is a large assortment of tax preparers available to assist you with your 2020 taxes, but are …

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Give back this tax season

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and its many partners are asking for volunteers who are interested in helping those in need this tax season. For many years, the IRS has sponsored various programs to help families in the U.S. who may be struggling. One of these programs provides volunteer income tax assistance to eligible taxpayers, …

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Is your charitable donation tax deductible?

Charitable donations are a hot topic during tax season. Luckily, the IRS has a helpful tool to help you determine whether donations can be taken as tax-deductible charitable contributions. Don’t miss: What your tax professional needs (and doesn’t) to prepare your 1040 It is called the Tax-Exempt Organization Search. This helpful tool lets you search …

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What your tax professional needs (and doesn’t) to prepare your 1040

For many people, maybe you, preparing a tax return is like a foreign language. Luckily for you, you can always have a tax professional prepare your tax return for you. It can be hard to distinguish what your tax professional needs to complete your return between all the statements, documents and other miscellaneous items you …

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Tax preparation, security and the IRS

I received an email from the Internal Revenue Service – no, really, it is legitimate. It wasn’t a scam trying to get my personal information – I have actually signed up for these emails directly on IRS.gov.  There is this page where you can subscribe to emails – turns out that some of them are …

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Did you receive IRS Notice CP21C? It’s wrong!

Notice CP21C has been sent to more than 109,000 taxpayers by the IRS to notify them that their Economic Impact Payment (EIP) was being “offset”. Don’t miss: Who pays the deceased’s taxes? The notice contains the following error: “We applied a credit to your 2007 tax account due to new legislation. We used (offset) all …

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