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The "Dirty Dozen"

Mon, Apr 2nd 2018
It's not a movie or a list of pesticide laden vegetables; every year the IRS releases its "Dirty Dozen" list of the year's most prevalent tax scams. They include ploys to steal personal information, talk people out of money, or engage in questionable tax activity. Here are some of the top scams: Phishing. Fake emails or websites claiming to represent the IRS, for the purpose of stealing personal information. The IRS will never try to contact you via email about a bill or refund.  Phone scams.... Read More »

Business Auto Deductions: Two Ways to Calculate

Mon, Mar 26th 2018
Do you drive your car for business purposes? The costs of operating and maintaining your vehicle are potentially deductible. Here are some guidelines. Two Methods The IRS provides two basic methods for computing deductions for the business use of an automobile. Actual expense method. With the actual expense method, you deduct the actual costs of operation, including licenses, registration fees, garage rent, repairs, gas, oil, tolls, and insurance. Additionally, you may claim depreciation... Read More »

Owe Taxes? Don’t Delay, Here’s How to Pay

Mon, Mar 19th 2018
The IRS offers many safe and easy ways to pay your taxes. Try to pay your tax obligation soon and in full to avoid any extra charges. If you can’t pay in full, you’ll save if you pay as much as you can. The more you can pay the less interest and penalties you will owe for late payment. When you know what you owe, you can choose from several options to pay your tax obligation: Use IRS Direct Pay to pay your taxes, including estimated taxes. Direct Pay allows taxpayers to pay electronically... Read More »

This Year's Fuel for Economic Growth

Mon, Mar 12th 2018
There are several factors expected to help fuel the economy through 2018. The first is government intervention through fiscal policy. Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) at the end of 2017. This legislation offers a plethora of tax breaks for corporate and individual filers alike. With it, Congress is looking for two results: an increase in wages and business expansion to create more jobs; and an increase in consumer spending. Another factor is monetary policy, which is set by the... Read More »

Beware of Tax Refund Scammers

Mon, Mar 5th 2018
Although tax filing season has been officially open only since Jan. 29, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is warning that reports of refund scams are already skyrocketing. Here’s an overview of the most common type of scam and tips to avoid becoming a victim. The Scam Hackers steal current data from tax returns, which also might include Social Security numbers and bank account information, from infected computer hardware. Using this stolen data, the cybercrooks file fraudulent claims on behalf... Read More »