January 3 - Time to Call For Your Tax Appointment -
January is the beginning of tax season. If you have not made an appointment to have your taxes prepared, we encourage you to do so before the calendar becomes too crowded.
January 10 - Report Tips to Employer -
If you are an employee who works for tips and received more than $20 in tips during December, you are required to report them to your employer on IRS Form 4070 no later than January 10.
January 18 - Individual Estimated Tax Payment Due -
It’s time to make your fourth quarter estimated tax installment payment for the 2021 tax year.
January 31 - Individuals Who Must Make Estimated Tax Payments -
If you didn't pay your last installment of estimated tax by January 18, you may choose (but aren't required) to file your income tax return (Form 1040 or Form 1040-SR) for 2021 by January 31. Filing your return and paying any tax due by January 31 prevents any penalty for late payment of the last installment. If you can't file and pay your tax by January 31, file and pay your tax by April 18 (April 19 if you live in Maine or Massachusetts).
Married taxpayers have two options when filing their 1040 or 1040-SR tax returns. The first and most frequently used filing status is married filing joint (MFJ), where the incomes and allowable expenses of both spouses are combined and reported on one tax return. The joint status almost always results in the lowest overall tax. Spouses who file together are jointly liable for the tax, meaning either or both can be held responsible for paying the tax from the joint return.
The second option is to file as married filing separately (MFS), with each spouse filing a return. Depending on whether the taxpayers are residents of a separate or community property state, these separate returns may include just the income and eligible expenses of each filer or a percentage of their combined income and expenses. Couples may choose the MFS option for a variety of reasons:
The IRS May be Getting a Massive Budget Increase. Will It Impact the Audit Rate? - C&A Financial Services
In September of 2021, the Congressional Budget Office announced a proposal to increase funding for the Internal Revenue Service by as much as $80 billion over the next ten years. The argument is that doing so would ultimately increase the revenue the organization is able to generate by as much as $200 billion over the next decade.
A significant portion of the new money — to the tune of about $60 billion — is aimed at empowering enforcement actions in particular. All told, that means by 2031, the IRS will double the number of people working for it and will have a 90% higher budget than they do right now.
More and more individuals who thought their child-rearing days were over are now raising their grandchildren. It is estimated that 6.5 million children in the United States currently live with at least one grandparent, accounting for approximately 9% of all children nationally and more than half of those not living with their parents.
Disabled individuals, as well as parents of disabled children, may qualify for a number of tax credits and other tax benefits. Listed below are several tax credits and other benefits that are available if you or someone listed on your federal tax return is disabled.
It seems hard to believe, but the holiday season is almost upon us, and that means that the 2021 tax preparation season will soon follow. With the end of the tax year just around the corner, tax-savvy individuals need to take some time from their busy schedules to review the tax benefit steps they’ve already taken and see what else they need to do. Now is the time to ensure that you’ve taken advantage of all of the tax-saving strategies available to you.
Generally speaking, tax return mistakes are a lot more common than you probably realize. Taxes have grown complicated and COVID tax relief has made many changes; the paperwork required to file proper tax returns is often convoluted. This is especially true if you're filing your taxes yourself.
The 2020 tax year certainly does not qualify as a "normal year" and 2021 was not any better together with the backlogs from 2020 tax year.
Congress passed numerous tax laws before, during and after 2020 that apply to 2020 as well as 2021, making it two of the more complicated tax years in recent memory. Even seasoned tax professionals had a hard time digesting all of the changes that they and their clients are now dealing with, requiring hours of continuing education. All of this is to say that if you've just discovered that you've made a significant mistake on your tax return, the first thing you should do is stop and take a deep breath, and then call us. It happens. It's understandable. There are steps that you can take to correct the situation quickly — you just have to keep a few key things in mind, including that the mistake could be in your favor.
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