Taxpayers Who Usually Itemize Deductions Should Check Their Withholding to Avoid Tax Surprises

From the IRS | IR-2018-120 | May 16, 2018 

The Internal Revenue Service encourages taxpayers who typically itemized their deductions on Schedule A of the Form 1040 to use the Withholding Calculator this year to perform a “paycheck checkup.”

People who have itemized before may be affected by changes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Taxpayers who itemize should use the IRS Withholding Calculator to make sure their employers are withholding the appropriate amount of tax from their paychecks for their financial situation.
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IRS, Security Summit Partners Warn of New Twist on Phone Scam; Crooks Direct Taxpayers to IRS.gov to “Verify” Calls

From the IRS | IR-2018-103 | April 24, 2018

The Internal Revenue Service today warned of a new twist on an old phone scam as criminals use telephone numbers that mimic IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TACs) to trick taxpayers into paying non-existent tax bills.

The IRS and its Security Summit partners – the state tax agencies and the tax industry – urge taxpayers to remain alert to tax scams year-round, especially immediately after the tax filing season ends. Even after the April deadline passes, the tax scam season doesn’t end.

In the latest version of the phone scam, criminals claim to be calling from a local IRS TAC office. Scam artists have programmed their computers to display the TAC telephone number, which appears on the taxpayer’s Caller ID when the call is made.
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New Tool Provides More Information About Exempt Organizations

From the IRS | Tax Tip 2018-75 | May 15, 2018

The IRS launched a new tool on IRS.gov that gives taxpayers fast and easy access to information about exempt organizations. The new Tax Exempt Organization Search replaces the EO Select Check tool.

Here are some things taxpayers will find when they use the new TEOS tool:
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New Rules and Limitations for Depreciation and Expensing Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

From the IRS | FS-2018-9 | April 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed December 22, 2017, changed some laws regarding depreciation deductions.

Businesses can immediately expense more under the new law

A taxpayer may elect to expense the cost of any section 179 property and deduct it in the year the property is placed in service. The new law increased the maximum deduction from $500,000 to $1 million. It also increased the phase-out threshold from $2 million to $2.5 million.
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Tax Credit Can Help Employers Hiring New Workers; Key Certification Requirement Applies

FROM THE IRS | IR-2018-113 | May 4, 2018

With many businesses facing a tight job market, the Internal Revenue Service reminds employers to check out a valuable tax credit available to them for hiring long-term unemployment recipients and other categories of workers with employment barriers.

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a long-standing income tax benefit that encourages employers to hire designated categories of workers who face significant barriers to employment. For any employer considering this option, the WOTC may be able to help.

For those who haven’t claimed the WOTC in a while, the IRS noted that legislation enacted in recent years has both expanded and modified the credit. For example, legislation effective January 1, 2016, added a new category for long-term unemployment recipients who had been unemployed for a period of at least 27 weeks and received state or federal unemployment benefits during part or all of that time.

Here’s how it works.
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IRS Provides Additional Day to File and Pay for Taxpayers Through Wednesday, April 18; IRS Processing Systems Back Online

FROM THE IRS | IR-2018-100 | April 17, 2018

The Internal Revenue Service announced that it is providing taxpayers an additional day to file and pay their taxes following system issues that surfaced early on the April 17 tax deadline. Individuals and businesses with a filing or payment due date of April 17 will now have until midnight on Wednesday, April 18. Taxpayers do not need to do anything to receive this extra time.

The IRS encountered system issues Tuesday morning. Throughout the system outage, taxpayers were still able to file their tax returns electronically through their software providers and Free File. Taxpayers using paper to file and pay their taxes at the deadline were not affected by the system issue.
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