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Filing Season for Individuals Opens Jan 27, 2020

IR-2020-02, January 6, 2020 WASHINGTON ― The Internal Revenue Service confirmed that the nation’s tax season will start for individual tax return filers on Monday, January 27, 2020, when the tax agency will begin accepting and processing 2019 tax year returns. The deadline to file 2019 tax returns and pay any tax owed is Wednesday, April 15, 2020. More than 150 million individual tax...
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2020 Standard Mileage Rate

The IRS has released the 2020 standard mileage rates for taxpayers to use in computing the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical, or moving expense purposes. The following chart reflects the new 2020 standard mileage rates compared to the 2018 and 2019 tax year standard mileage rates. 2020 Standard Mileage...
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Inflation Adjusted Amounts for 2020

Each year, a number of provisions in the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) are adjusted for inflation. The IRS recently released the inflation adjusted amounts for 2020. The following chart highlights a number of these adjustments, as they compare to the 2019 and 2018 amounts. Inflation Adjusted Amounts for...
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2020 Social Security COLA Increase

The Social Security Administration has announced that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will increase by 1.6% for 2020. See the attached for key figures that are affected by the annual Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for the years 2018 through 2020. 2018-2020 Social Security COLA Increase...
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IRS Tool to Check your Withholding

The IRS encourages everyone to use the Tax Withholding Estimator to perform a quick “paycheck checkup.”  This is even more important following the recent changes to the tax law for 2018 and beyond.  IRS Tax Withholding Estimator.  The Tax Withholding Estimator helps you identify your tax withholding to make sure you have the right amount of tax withheld from your paycheck at work. There are...
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Preventative Care for HSAs

The IRS has added care for a range of chronic conditions to the list of preventive care benefits that may be provided by a high deductible health plan (HDHP). Notice 2019-45 lists the new types of medical care that may be treated as preventive care for this purpose. Individuals covered by an HDHP generally may establish and deduct contributions to a health savings account (HSA) as long as they...
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New IRS Impersonation Email Scam

The IRS is warning taxpayers and tax professionals about a new IRS impersonation scam campaign spreading nationally on email. The IRS detected this new scam as taxpayers began notifying phishing@irs.gov about unsolicited emails from IRS imposters. The email subject line may vary, but recent examples use the phrase “Automatic Income Tax Reminder” or “Electronic Tax Return...
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IRS Sending Letters on Virtual Currency Transactions

The IRS has begun sending letters to taxpayers with virtual currency transactions that potentially failed to report income and pay the resulting tax from virtual currency transactions or did not report their transactions properly. “Taxpayers should take these letters very seriously by reviewing their tax filings and when appropriate, amend past returns and pay back taxes, interest and...
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What Happened to My IRS Refund???

You should also be asking “Am I paying more or less under the new tax laws?” We are seeing a reduction in IRS refunds this year. We are also seeing a reduction in total income taxes paid.  The net result is taxpayers are keeping more of their income throughout the year.  When we sit down with our clients and show a two or three year comparison, the savings is more apparent.  Here are...
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IRS issues updates on post-shutdown activities

Taxpayers and tax practitioners received guidance from the IRS on what to expect in the areas of audits, collections, tax return processing, and Tax Court operations now that the government shutdown has concluded. The IRS explained on its website that IRS employees returned to work on Jan. 28 and are going through mail and voicemail messages, but that it will take several days for them to catch...
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