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Reasons to File Your Taxes Early

Reasons to File Your Taxes Early

Reasons to File Your Taxes Early

While late changing tax laws make it impossible to file your income tax return prior to January 20th this year, there are a number of reasons to file your return as soon as possible. Here are five of the most common:

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W-2s, 1099s...and Now 1095-A

W-2s, 1099s...and Now 1095-A

Are you prepared for this new IRS Form?

There will be a new tax form filling mailboxes beginning January, 2015. This Form 1095-A is a Health Insurance Marketplace Statement. If you participate in the Healthcare Marketplace, you will need this new form prior to filing your tax return. Here is what you need to know.

Background

Each year the tax-filing season begins with the receipt of forms required to file your tax return. Employees receive W-2s from their employers. Individuals receive various 1099 forms for reporting interest, dividends, capital gains and independent earnings as sole proprietors. If you used the Healthcare Marketplace to purchase health insurance, you will now need your 1095-A form to file your tax return.

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Oops! You forgot something on your tax return. Now what?

Oops! You forgot something on your tax return. Now what?

Whew! The rush is over once your personal income tax return is done for another year - or so you thought, right up until the moment you discover information you forgot to include.

Now what?

The action you take depends on the type of information you forgot. For instance, say you reported all your income on the return you mailed to the IRS. But now you realize you neglected to attach a copy of your wage statement.

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Annual Tax-Exempt Filing Due May 15th

Annual Tax-Exempt Filing Due May 15th

Annual Tax-Exempt Filing Due May 15th

If you are involved in a tax-exempt organization or know someone who is, this is a reminder that the annual filing requirement is quickly approaching.

The rule: Every tax-exempt organization must file an annual return (990 series) on the 15th day of the fifth month following their year end. That means calendar based charitable groups have until May 15th to file.

The penalty: If the organization does not file their annual return for three consecutive years, they automatically have their tax-exempt status revoked.

Who should worry: Any tax exempt organization except churches and church related organizations. So soccer booster clubs, PTAs, youth sports organizations, community organizations and more need to do this every year.

The small organizations: If your average annual receipts are $50,000 or less, you can simply file Form 990-N (e-postcard).

Privacy: Remember not to include your Social Security number with any filings. Often these tax Forms are in public domain. So any private information is available for identity thieves.

What’s Your Status? The IRS offers an online tool to check the status of your organization. Here is the link. A quick check of organizations you are members of can lead to a quick phone call to ensure they get their filings done.

Please give us a call to discuss these and other profit-boosting ideas for your business.

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When Filing a Tax Extension May Make Sense

When Filing a Tax Extension May Make Sense

While taxes owed are always due on or before the filing date of April 15th, taxpayers have the option of filing a tax extension that effectively moves their filing date to October 15th. Is this ever a good thing to do? Sometimes the answer is yes.

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Do You Need to File a Tax Return?

Do You Need to File a Tax Return?

Too many taxpayers assume they are not required to file a tax return and end up losing a potential refund. To help ensure this does not happen to you, here are some common things to help you decide whether a review of your situation is in order.

  1. Know the triggers. You are required to file a tax return based on your income, filing status, and age. If your income is above the amounts below, you are generally required to file a tax return.
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Check your children's filing requirements

Check your children's filing requirements

Check your children's filing requirements

Your children may need to file a 2013 income tax return. A return is needed if wages exceeded $6,100, the child had self-employment income over $400, or investment income exceeded $1,000. If the child had both wages and investment income, other thresholds apply. Contact us for more information or filing assistance.

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Government Shutdown Impacts Return Processing

Government Shutdown Impacts Return Processing

Government Shutdown Impacts Return Processing
...but only a little

“Our teams have been working hard throughout the fall to prepare for the upcoming tax season. The late January opening gives us enough time to get things right with our programming, testing and systems validation..."

-IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel

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