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Tax Tips & News: IRS (5)

Do I Qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)?

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Do You Qualify For The EITC?

Although the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) can sound daunting and confusing for taxpayers and tax professionals alike, there are ways to navigate the murky waters of this credit to maximize its benefits. This tool can be important for low- and middle-income families and singles looking to save money where they can. Breaking down this tax credit isn’t difficult once you understand what it is and how to file for it.

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Tax Filing Season Delayed Until January 31st

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IRS Accepting Returns January 31st

The IRS put everyone one notice not long after the end of the latest government shutdown that the 2014 tax filing season would be delayed by “1 or 2 weeks”.   Well not surprisingly, the IRS recently released that the first date that they will be accepting 2013 tax returns for processing will be January 31st:

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Last Minute Tax Saving Tips

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IRS Clarifies Employee Benefit Plans For Same-Sex Couples

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Employee Benefits Clarfied For Same-Sex Couples

In a recent landmark ruling by the Obama Administration, the federal government will recognize same-sex married couples.  That means for one, married same-sex couples will no longer have to file two separate single tax returns for the IRS (however, if they currently reside in a state that does not recognize same-sex marriages, they may still have to file two separate state returns).  But the IRS has not released any guidance about how...

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Volunteer IRS Sites Prepare 50% of Tax Returns Incorrectly

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VITA Sites Still Preparing Tax Returns Incorrectly

In a follow up to a report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), free income tax preparation sites have made no significant gains in increasing the accuracy of the tax returns they prepare. The new report states that Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites (VITA) who prepare income tax returns for low/moderate-income, elderly, disabled and limited-English-proficient taxpayers are still filing approximately 50% of...

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Biggest Tax Law Changes For 2014

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The Biggest Tax Changes For 2014

With the upcoming tax season already delayed, and many tax proposals still being debated in a contentious congress, Chad Fisher over at gobanking.com lists the 5 biggest changes for the 2014 tax season taxpayers can expect:

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How To Prevent The IRS From Delaying Your Refund

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Many taxpayers believe that their tax refunds are “found” money.  But a tax refund is simply an over-collection of taxes by your employer.  Watch this video to find out how to adjust your tax withholding to reduce the amount of money withheld so the IRS has less or no money to refund you in future tax seasons, and increase your weekly paychecks.

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Government Shutdown Delays Tax Filing Season

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October 15th Extension Deadline

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In spite of the government shutdown that has shuttered many departments in the IRS, the deadline to file tax year 2012 returns remains October 15th. That means, even though the IRS may not be able to process your return, you still have to pay your taxes on time or risk penalties and interest for failing to file.  The IRS has issued the following tips:

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Government Shutdown Closes IRS Centers

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IRS Offices Closed, But You Still Need To Pay!

With the failure of congress to pass a budget, 800,000 thousand workers face furloughs and a million more are working without pay.   The IRS is one of the agencies that will be closed with walk-in IRS centers shuttered and IRS Call centers closed:

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