Ten things for taxpayers to think about when choosing a tax preparer.
Feb10

Ten things for taxpayers to think about when choosing a tax preparer.

It’s the time of the year when many taxpayers choose a tax preparer to help file a tax return. These taxpayers should choose their tax return preparer wisely.  This is because taxpayers are responsible for all the information on their income tax return. That’s true no matter who prepares the return. Here are ten tips for taxpayers to remember when selecting a preparer: Check the Preparer’s Qualifications. People can use the IRS...

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Where’s My Refund? tool lets taxpayers check status of their refund.
Feb10

Where’s My Refund? tool lets taxpayers check status of their refund.

The best way for taxpayers to check the status of their refund is to use the Where’s My Refund? tool on IRS.gov. This tool gives taxpayers access to their tax return and refund status anytime. All they need is internet access and three pieces of information:   Their Social Security number Their filing status The exact whole dollar amount of their refund Taxpayers can start checking on the status of their return within 24...

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Don’t be victim to a ‘ghost’ tax return preparer.
Feb10

Don’t be victim to a ‘ghost’ tax return preparer.

Today, towards the end of the second full week of the 2019 tax filing season, the Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers to avoid unethical tax return preparers, known as ghost preparers.   By law, anyone who is paid to prepare or assist in preparing federal tax returns must have a valid 2019 Preparer Tax Identification Number, or PTIN. Paid preparers must sign the return and include their PTIN.   But ‘ghost’ preparers do...

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IRS Activities Following the Shutdown
Feb03

IRS Activities Following the Shutdown

The IRS has reopened following the end of the government shutdown, and IRS employees are working hard to resume normal operations and help taxpayers as much as possible.   As the IRS resumes operations, there are some important pieces of information for taxpayers and tax professionals to keep in mind in several areas:   Audits. For taxpayers and tax professionals with questions about examinations affected by the shutdown, we...

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IRS reminds employers, other businesses of Jan. 31 filing deadline for wage statements, independent contractor forms
Feb03

IRS reminds employers, other businesses of Jan. 31 filing deadline for wage statements, independent contractor forms

The Internal Revenue Service today reminds employers and other businesses of the Jan. 31 filing deadline that applies to filing wage statements and independent contractor forms with the government.   The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act requires employers to file their copies of Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, and Form W-3, Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements, with the Social Security Administration by Jan. 31....

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