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Tax Tips & News: Jackson Hewitt

R&G Brenner Receives 2011 Best of Business Award

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The Small Business Community Association (SBCA) has selected R&G Brenner Income Tax to receive the 2011 Best of Business award in the field of Income Tax Preparation for the NY Metro Area.  This is the second time that R&G Brenner has received this award.  Thanks to all of R&G Brenner’s hard working associates and staff who made this award possible.  And a special “thank you” goes out to all R&G Brenner clients.  Is is due to  your loyal patronage that R&G Brenner will be celebrating it 71st...

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Same-Sex Couples Face Tax Hurdles

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This past June, New York became the 6th state to legalize same sex marriage.  Regardless of ones individual beliefs concerning same-sex marriage, this much is clear:  Tax laws–which are already complex & confusing–are that much more baffling for same-sex couples. This is mainly due to the fact that the Federal Government does not recognize same-sex unions.  Same-sex couples must file separate federal returns, however they can file jointly in New York State and some other states that recognize...

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Tax Benefits Increase for 2012

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Even in the face of severe federal & state deficits, many tax benefits are due to raise for tax year 2012 (calendar year 2013).  By law, tax provisions are required to keep pace with inflation.  The new dollar amounts affecting most taxpayers are:

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October 17th Deadline for Tax Return Extensions Approaching

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Oct. 17 is a key deadline for millions of individual taxpayers who requested an extension to file their 2010 tax returns. The IRS expects to receive millions of tax returns from taxpayers who used Form 4868 to request a six-month extension to file their returns.

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Free Tax Prep Sites: Inaccurate Returns & Privacy Breach Concerns

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The old adage that “you get what you pay for” is compounded when applied to free income tax preparation…In fact, a free tax return may cost taxpayers more than they bargained for.  The title of a report filed by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) sums it up frankly: Accuracy of Tax Returns, the Quality Assurance Processes, and Security of Taxpayer Information Remain Problems for the Volunteer Program.

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IRS Program Draws Out Tax Cheats

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The Internal Revenue Service’s Voluntary Disclosure Program which offers reduced penalties and zero jail time for those that report illegally stashed income in overseas shelters is working.  A similar program was implemented in 2009, and between these two programs, over 30,000 tax evaders have disclosed income from accounts in 140 countries, netting the IRS over $2.25 Billion dollars in back taxes, penalties and fines.

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Hurricane Irene & Tropical Strom Lee Tax Relief

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The NY State Department of Taxation has extended tax deadlines for NY taxpayers living in regions that President Barak Obama has declared disaster areas inflicted by Hurricane Irene & Tropical Strom Lee.

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Convert to a Roth IRA or Stick with your Traditional IRA…

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This year conversions from Traditional to Roth IRA’s were way up due to the elimination of income limitations that were previously applied to the conversions.  But is converting to a Roth IRA a good idea when it comes to your income taxes?  In some cases it is a smart move to convert now and in others the tax implications are far too great.

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New Requirements for Federal Tax Return Preparers

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The IRS has confirmed that the proposed New Requirements for Federal Tax Return Preparers will begin by the end of this year and will be enforced for the coming tax season in 2011. Tax Return Preparers will be required to register with the IRS by obtaining a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) which is unique to each Tax Preparer and will allow the IRS to track how many returns and which returns each individual tax preparer prepares each year.  Return preparers will be charged an...

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TurboTax/Intuit V.P. Acknowledges Program Miscalculations

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Thanks to the efforts of Mr. Charles Freret, the following fax was sent by the Vice President of TurboTax.  If you are a taxpayer that has used Turbotax and filed with a 1099R for tax years 2007, 2008 or 2009, you should contact Mr. Meighan via fax at 858-408-2714

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