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IRS resources help taxpayers determine if an offer in compromise is the right way to resolve tax debt

Individual taxpayers and business owners can use the IRS’s Offer in Compromise Booklet or the new how-to video series to learn how an offer in compromise works and decide if it could help them resolve their tax debt. Taxpayer’s...

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  • November 24, 2021

Earning side income: Is it a hobby or a business?

Whether it’s something they’ve been doing for years or something they just started to make extra money, taxpayers must report income earned from hobbies in 2020 on next year’s tax return. What the difference between a hobby and a...

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  • August 31, 2020

IRS Says Discharged Student Loans Not Counted as Income

Taxpayers within the scope of this revenue procedure will not recognize gross income as a result of the discharge, and the taxpayer should not report the amount of the discharged loan in gross income on his or her federal...

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  • January 22, 2020

Get ready to take the guesswork out of paycheck withholding

The tax filing season is quickly approaching. With that in mind, taxpayers should remember there’s still time to make an estimated or additional tax payment to ensure their tax withholding is still accurate. Those who need to make an...

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  • December 5, 2019

Claim the Earned Income Tax Credit

The Earned Income Tax Credit has helped workers with low and moderate incomes get a tax break for 40 plus years. Yet, one out of every five eligible workers fails to claim it. Here are some things taxpayers should...

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  • January 27, 2017

Tax Preparedness Series: How to Avoid a Refund Delay; Plan Ahead

WASHINGTON – As tax filing season approaches, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers about steps they can take now to ensure smooth processing of their 2016 tax return and avoid a delay in getting their tax refund next...

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  • November 17, 2016

How a Summer Wedding Can Affect Your Taxes

With all the planning and preparation that goes into a wedding, taxes may not be high on your summer wedding checklist. However, you should be aware of the tax issues that come along with marriage. Here are some basic...

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  • July 20, 2016

Getting Ready to File Your Tax Return: Health Coverage Exemptions and Payments

The Affordable Care Act requires you and your dependents to have health care coverage, an exemption from the coverage requirement, or make a shared responsibility payment for any month without coverage or an exemption with your return. This law...

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  • January 20, 2016

Five Tax Tips about Hobbies that Earn Income

Millions of people enjoy hobbies. They can also be a source of income. Some of these types of hobbies include stamp or coin collecting, craft making and horse breeding. You must report any income you get from a hobby...

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  • July 28, 2015

Don’t Overlook the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit this Summer

IRS Special Edition Tax Tip 2015-12 1. Day camps are common during the summer months. Many parents pay for them for their children while they work or look for work. If this applies to you, your costs may qualify...

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  • June 15, 2015

What You Should Know if You Changed Your Name

Did you change your name last year? If you did, it can affect your taxes. All the names on your tax return must match Social Security Administration records. A name mismatch can delay your refund. Here’s what you should...

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  • February 19, 2015

Four Things You Should Know if You Barter

Bartering is the trading of one product or service for another. Often there is no exchange of cash. Small businesses sometimes barter to get products or services they need. For example, a plumber might trade plumbing work with a...

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  • March 5, 2014

Important Reminders about Tip Income

If you get tips on the job from customers, the IRS has a few important reminders: Tips are taxable. You must pay federal income tax on any tips you receive. The value of non-cash tips, such as tickets, passes...

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  • February 20, 2014

IRS Releases the “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for 2014; Identity Theft, Phone Scams Lead List

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes ranging from identity theft to return...

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  • February 20, 2014

Tax Tips if You’re Starting a Business

If you plan to start a new business, or you’ve just opened your doors, it is important for you to know your federal tax responsibilities. Here are five basic tips from the IRS that can help you get started....

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  • July 3, 2013

Six Tips on Making Estimated Tax Payments

Some taxpayers may need to make estimated tax payments during the year. The type of income you receive determines whether you must pay estimated taxes. Here are six tips from the IRS about making estimated tax payments. 1. If...

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  • April 5, 2013

What Triggers an IRS Tax Audit?

By Ray Martin | CBS MoneyWatch The IRS examined 1.1 percent of all individual tax returns in 2010 and 2011, so the chances that your tax return will be audited are only about 1 in 90. But the odds...

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  • March 9, 2013

Ten Facts about Capital Gains and Losses

The term “capital asset” for tax purposes applies to almost everything you own and use for personal or investment purposes. A capital gain or loss occurs when you sell a capital asset. Here are 10 facts from the IRS...

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  • March 7, 2013

IRS Reminds Taxpayers to Report 2010 Roth Conversions on 2012 Returns

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers who converted amounts to a Roth IRA or designated Roth account in 2010 that in most cases they must report half of the resulting taxable income on their 2012 returns. Normally,...

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  • February 20, 2013

Four Things to Know About Bartering Four Things to Know About Bartering

Tax Tip 2012-33, February 17, 2012 In today’s economy, small business owners sometimes save money through bartering to get products or services they need. The IRS wants to remind small business owners that the fair market value of property...

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  • February 17, 2012