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How You Can Pay Your Taxes

     The deadline to file your Federal income Tax Return has been pushed back to May 17, but that time will pass very quickly. There is also no extension on paying taxes that are due. Individuals can pay by May 17, but those who own businesses, or are independent contractors need to pay by April 15 . Paying taxes is mandatory, but you have a few options regarding how you pay them.      When E-Filing your Tax Return, you have the option to add your bank account information to allow for an electronic funds withdrawal ( EFT ). This is done without charge and is the easiest way to make payments to the Internal Revenue Service ( IRS ). IRS Direct Pay is a service that allows Taxpayers to use their Savings or Checking account for electronic payments. This is a service that the IRS does not invite people to join, it must be requested. If you receive an email about it asking for information, it is a scam. Payments can also be made using credit or debit cards online and through the officia

Over $1 Billion in Tax Refunds are Waiting to be Claimed!

          There is a 3 year window to claim a Tax Refund. For those who did not file a 2017 Tax Return, that window will soon be closing. The Internal Revenue Service ( IRS ) says that the last day to claim any of the $1.3 billion is May 17. After this, it will belong to the Treasury Department. It’s estimated that the median amount of the refunds is $865. For a state like California, there is the potential for over $120 million in refunds for that Tax Season. All that is needed is to file that 2017 Tax Return. There is no penalty for filing late, if you are receiving a refund. This can be the key to getting an Economic Impact Payment ( EIP ) if you did not get one last year and you qualify. However, that refund might be held back if you have not filed for 2018 or 2019. The refund may also be applied to any outstanding federal or state tax debts, unpaid child support, or student loans.           Those who have not filed their 2017 Tax Return may be missing out on claiming the Earne

How Will the IRS Process Unemployment Refunds?

When the American Rescue Plan ( ARP ) Act was enacted last month, it allowed for up to $10,200 of Unemployment income to be untaxed. However, for weeks prior, Taxpayer’s had been filing their Tax Returns and paying the full tax on all of their income, including Unemployment benefits. The Internal Revenue Service ( IRS ) stated that amended returns did not need to be filed at that time. Now they have presented the solution to this paradox. Starting this month, the IRS will automatically reexamine Tax Returns that were filed before the new rules went in place. They will determine the correct taxable amount and if there is an overpayment it will be refunded, or it will go toward any taxes owed. For most, there will be no need to file an amended return. The exception would be if the new taxable amount allowed you to qualify for a new tax credit or deduction. At that point an amended Tax Return must be filed. The new refunds are scheduled to be sent out in May. Make sure to speak with yo

The IRS and its Massive Backlog

          A report that was released this month confirmed what many had long suspected, the Internal Revenue Service ( IRS ) is very, very behind in processing Tax Returns. This is a situation that will not quickly resolve itself. The Treasury Inspector General said that the backlog was at about 12 million paper returns in December 2020. Even though this report focuses on paper Tax Returns, it’s reasonable to apply this to any paper correspondence as well. How did this happen? The IRS was put into an unknown situation in 2020 just like every other organization. They moved to remote work as much as possible and closed many distribution centers. However, what is sent to them on paper requires a physical presence. While the mail continued to be delivered, few would enter the offices and do the manual data entry. This is why many are waiting for acknowledgment of payments, or Tax Refunds. The different rounds of Economic Impact Payments ( EIP ) have also caused them to change focus at

Personal Protective Equipment is Tax Deductible

     The Internal Revenue Service ( IRS ) has announced that any Personal Protective Equipment ( PPE ) that was bought to stop the spread of COVID-19 is tax deductible. This means that masks, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, gloves, and other tools used to fight the spread of Coronavirus and keep safe can be deducted from your Tax Return.      These items must have been purchased in 2020. You do not qualify for the deduction if you were reimbursed by insurance or other health savings account. If you have not yet filed your Tax Return, this is another reason to keep good records. You never know when you might need them and a new deduction might become possible. Take action to have all your information ready for your Qualified Tax Professional before the May 17 deadline.

Automatic Unemployment Refunds Will Be Processed

          One feature of the recently passed 2021 American Rescue Plan ( ARP ) is the ability to have up to $10,200 of Unemployment Income from 2020 be exempted from tax. This is certainly something that many Taxpayer’s would want to make use of. However, this was enacted after Tax Season had begun. Tax returns were already being filed and tax refunds issued without this credit being applied. The Internal Revenue Service ( IRS ) was very clear in saying that they did not want amended returns to be filed.           It has now become clear why they did not want this to happen. The IRS will automatically issue refunds for the tax paid on the Unemployment Income, if you qualify. They are also updating their software and sending out new worksheets for those who have not filed. This is might be one of the reasons why the tax filing deadline for individuals has moved to May 17 . As we have stated in a previous post , there are many productive things you can do with this extra time before fi

Progress Being Made With Economic Impact Payments

          The 2021 American Rescue Plan ( ARP ) Act created a third round of Economic Impact Payments ( EIP ). An earlier post had discussed the changed eligibility requirements. Within the first 5 days of enactment, the Internal Revenue Service ( IRS ) has made 90 million payments. This was made possible by the use of Direct Deposit, and this will be the primary method of payment. In time, more checks and debit cards will be mailed.           These payments are made automatically, and since we are in the third round, no action is required by most Taxpayers. Please remember that this payment is coming from the Treasury Department and the IRS . There is a new scam that has come to light where someone contacts a Taxpayer claiming to be from the Federal Trade Commission ( FTC ). That person will claim that a fee or tax needs to be collected to receive the EIP , or they may want some personal information from you. This is a complete lie. You do not need to pay to qualify for this. The IR