The IRS has reminded taxpayers that a special tax provision will permit more individuals to easily deduct donations of up to $600 to qualifying charities on their 2021 federal income tax return. Gener...
The IRS will launch a new feature on November 1, 2021, allowing any family receiving monthly Child Tax Credit (CTC) payments to update their income using the Child Tax Credit Update Portal (CTC UP). T...
The IRS has updated its frequently-asked-questions (FAQs) on 2020 Unemployment Compensation Exclusion. These updated FAQs are: (1) Question 2, Topic D: Amended Return (Form 1040-X); (2) Questions 8...
In October and November of 2021, the IRS is sending informational-only CP256V Notices to self-employed individuals and household employers that chose to defer paying certain Social Security taxes unde...
The IRS has provided FAQs regarding Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFR Funds). The FAQs detail the tax consequences for individual recipients and the reporting requirements for th...
The IRS has released frequently asked questions (FAQs) detailing reporting directions for certain passthrough entities and taxpayers partnership interests reporting held in connection with the perfo...
The IRS has updated how users sign in and verify their identity for certain IRS online services with a mobile-friendly platform. The platform relies on trusted third parties and provides an improved u...
The surtax for cigarettes is increasing one cent in the District of Columbia.New Surtax RateEffective October 1, 2021, the surtax on a pack of cigarettes will increase to 51¢ (currently, 50¢). The s...
The Court of Special Appeals of Maryland (court), in a personal income tax matter, determined that in a situation where a taxpayer mails a claim for a refund, but the Comptroller of Maryland does not ...
A taxpayer appealed against the Virginia Department of Taxation’s (department’s) rejection of exemption certificates and the audit process itself because the taxpayer was not provided the opportun...
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Happy Thanksgiving. Our office is closed Thursday and Friday for the holiday.
WOW! The scammers are really good at what they do. Be on the lookout for an email from the "IRS" that really looks official. It says they are recalculating your tax return and to click for your refund. DO NOT FALL FOR THIS. This is not from the IRS (they don't send emails) and you do not want to click on the link they provide.
Are you age 70 1/2 or more? The good news is that, if you have earned income, you can now contribute to your IRA. There is no maximum age limit on IRA contributions now, but you do have to have earned income (employment or income subject to SE tax) to make the contribution. But IRA contributions can affect your QCD (Qualified Charitable Distribution) deduction.
We love QCDs and highly recommend those over age 70 1/2 to use them for your charitable gifting. And we love IRA contributions. But the two don't mix well. To the extent that you make a post 70 1/2 IRA contribution of, say $5,000 and you did QCDs of $7,500, your allowable QCD deduction would be $2,500 (the $7,500 QCD made less the IRA contribution of $5,000).
Effective 1 July 2021 Virginia will require almost all individual income tax payments to be electronic. Any estimated payment over $2,500 is to be paid electronically which can be done easily on their website:
Tax Laws are changing. Plese take a look at your Estate planning and make sure it is up to date. Do you have a Revocable Living Trust that is current? A current Medical Directive? These are all important to have to to keep up to date. Let us know if you have any questions.
Have huge capital gains? You have up to 180 days to completely shelter those gains using an investment in a Qualified Opportunity Zone. Ask us about QOZs.
Use our secure portal to upload your data and documents to us. It's safe (fully encrypted) and easy. Click on the File Share box at the bottom of this page.
The Corporate income tax rate is now 21%.
The Federal Estate Tax exclusion jumps to over $11 million a person. But some states, such as Maryland and DC still have much lower thresholds for when the estate tax starts. The annual gift tax exclusion amount is $15,000.
Virginia is moving towards almost all payments to the state having to be electronic. For businesses, everything has to be paid electronically, and individuals with high Virginia estimated payments must pay electronically. You can make these payments through the VA Dept of Taxation web site. (https://tax.virginia.gov/).
You can upload your investment information directly into your tax return by using our Intuit Link system. Let us know that you want to have your interest, dividends and stock sales imported directly in, and we will send you an invite to register with Intuit and select the accounts you want to upload.
Starting a business? We can help. Generally we recommend that most businesses start as an LLC (Limited Liability Company). If there is only one owner, it will be a single member LLC and the income and expenses will just be reported on the owner's tax returns. If there is more than one owner, the LLC will be taxed as a partnership and will file a partnership income tax return. The entity itself does not pay income taxes, in that the income flows through to the owners on their tax returns.
The LLC form of business helps protect you from legal liability if done correctly. Most businesses can benefit from that, especially high risk activities such as real estate (rentals, construction and flipping), restaurants and services.
LLCs generally have to register with the State and you want to obtain a Federal Employer ID number (EIN) from the IRS. That way you do not need to use your Social Security Number.
The IRS does NOT call you to say they are suing you, taking you to court or demanding you make a payment to them today. These are scams. The IRS warns that there are now scam IRS CP-2000 notices (tax adjustments) being emailed out. The IRS also does NOT send out emails regarding a tax refunds or rebates or request that you set up a PIN number in order to get your refund. These are phishing schemes and phone scams, and you should not respond to them and NEVER, NEVER, NEVER click on a link from one of those emails. Never make a payment to the I.R.S., in that all payments to the government are paid to the U.S. Treasury. If your notice or call says anything different, it is fake. PLEASE REPORT THESE TO http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml
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Setting up a 529 Plan for your kids or grandchildren? While there is not a Federal tax deduction, there are state tax deductions available if set up with your state of residence or its approved plan. You can maximize your state tax deductions by splitting the accounts between husband and wife (Virginia) or by the different type of plans (Maryland).
Virginia Employers, including individuals with rental properties, must file a BPOL license with their county or city by March 1. Landlords with properties in DC must file a Franchise Tax return. Every jurisdiction has its own rules on this. Fairfax County requires a business license if you rent three or more residential properties or one commercial property.
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Thinking about using a Tax Relief company to reduce your balance due to the IRS? Check out the news article, in Links on the top menu line, then in News.
Are you maximizing your retirement plan deductions? Is all of your estate planning (wills, trusts and medical directives) up to date? Please make sure that we have the current version of your Will and Trust documents.
We have many calculators in our FINANCIAL TOOLS section (tab above) including a full 1040 tax calculator, estate planning and mortgage loan calculators, including refinance savings computations and amortization schedules. There are so many powerful calculators; you will be able to calculate things that you never thought existed!
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As you browse through our Website, you will see that not only have we highlighted background information on our firm and the services we provide, but have also included useful resources such as informative articles (in our Newsletter section) and interactive financial calculators (in our Financial Tools section). Check out the nifty refinancing calculators to determine if you should refinance now, and how much it may save you.
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