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Managing the Internal Revenue Service is no easy job. It takes a lot of automation to process over two hundred million tax returns per year. And, while the Service still stores master tax records on computers commissioned during the Johnson administration (Lyndon, at least, not Andrew!), the IRS ...
02/11/2014
If you do any of the following, you will need an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS: If you operate your business as a corporation or partnership. If you file reports for employment taxes, excise tax, or alcohol, tobacco and firearms. If you have even one employee. If you have a se...
02/10/2014
You may be familiar with the old tax rule that let you take an itemized deduction for unreimbursed medical expenses that exceeded 7½% of your adjusted gross income. For 2013 and future years, the income threshold increases to 10% for taxpayers under age 65. Those 65 and older may continue to use ...
02/09/2014
If your income exceeds certain levels, you cannot make contributions to a Roth IRA. However, you can convert a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA no matter how high your income. Roth IRAs are popular because qualifying distributions are tax-free and annual distributions are not required at age 70½. A ...
02/09/2014
In recent years, businesses could expense up to $500,000 of equipment purchases in the year of purchase, with a $2,000,000 annual purchase limit. In addition, bonus depreciation was allowed for new equipment purchases. Because Congress did not extend these provisions for 2014, businesses can now ...
02/06/2014
The IRS has issued a warning about the latest phone scam. The caller claims to be from the IRS and tells the intended victims they owe taxes which must be paid immediately with a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. Individuals who don't pay up are threatened with arrest or loss of their busines...
02/06/2014
On Sunday, quarterback Peyton Manning led his uncharacteristically hapless Denver Broncos to the second-most-lopsided Super Bowl loss ever. Manning & Company just couldn't catch a break, from the safety they gave up on the game's first play, to Manning's two interceptions, to Percy Harvin's secon...
02/04/2014
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Well Friday was the first day to be able to file your tax returns electronically. This delay was caused by our congressmen who waited to the last second to pass legislation for 2013.  This has been a real headache for the IRS much less the software companies and tax preparers. Per the IRS there a...
02/02/2014
When you think of France, you probably think of food. The French are known throughout the world for their truffles, foie gras, and fine champagne. French chefs have spread the gospel of rich food and fine wine across the globe. Most of us think of "French" dining as the highest form of cuisine. B...
01/28/2014
Check your records to be sure you have the paperwork you need for charitable contributions you want to deduct on your 2013 tax return. Cash, check, and other monetary donations of any amount can be deducted only if substantiated by a bank record or written documentation from the charity. The rule...
01/22/2014
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