Numerous individuals judge the success of their tax planning by the size of the refund they receive. Although the amount of refund gained is one indication of how well you managed your money, it’s not the only indicator. Sometimes, it means you had been overpaying the IRS all year.   If you are unsure of how much you will owe in a year, you can be overpaying excessively through your withholdings. Withholding more than you owe might net you…

Filing your tax return late or paying late can lead to problems with the IRS. Though taxpayers can get an extension to file where they can file their tax return within six months from the filing deadline, it does not mean an extension to pay taxes. If taxes are not paid before the filing deadline, it can lead to IRS…

Many taxpayers withhold more from their paychecks and receive a large refund at the end. Even though a big refund puts a smile on many individual’s faces, it’s not a good idea to withhold more. First, you get zero interest on the extra tax money withheld so it’s equivalent to giving a free loan to the IRS. And second, you cannot spend that money or invest it till you get it back from the IRS in the…

Does the New Tax Law Increase or Decrease Your Tax Bill?   Major changes in the tax code were brought about with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017.  The Affordable Care Act (ACA), elimination of many itemized deductions, and changes in tax credits and deductions – it’s not been easy for taxpayers to stay on top of it all. The only question worth asking is: Did you pay…

Tax planning throughout the year reaps benefits during tax time. Small businesses can lower their tax bill for 2019 by using the many tax deductions available to them this tax year. Knowing these deductions now can help you to strategize your investments and expenditures, and also keep your tax records right. Along with the 20% tax break that many small business owners qualify for, there are other important tax deductions to benefit from. U.S. News shares: …

Typically, it takes up to 21 days for the IRS to issue a refund. If you are unwilling to wait that long, you can request to receive your refund in advance. But a refund-advance may carry hidden fees and/or interest. Before you choose to get a tax refund advance, consider the costs involved.  Unless you need your refund quickly due to a financial crisis,…

Getting a notice for an audit from the IRS can be scarier than the best of horror movies. But an audit doesn’t mean you have done anything wrong. It only means the IRS wants to check if you’ve been doing things correctly.  The IRS routinely conducts audits. Sometimes audits are conducted randomly and sometimes the IRS has noticed some unusual activity…

With the 2019 tax season still months away, many people forget about taxes till the tax filing season bells begin to chime. However, you only reap the benefits of a tax strategy if it is carried out for the whole year. Keeping taxes in mind when investing, spending, and withholding is a great way to…

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