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Natural Disaster Relief: Hurricane Florence

What does the IRS do to help with natural disaster relief?

We just watched Hurricane Florence slam the Carolinas, and last year’s hurricane season between Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria were devestating. The last several years the IRS has typically acted to provide taxpayer relief for natural disasters such as hurricanes Kartina and Rita, the 2014-2015 record snow fall in New England, the 2010 New England floods, Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Matthew, the Ebola Outbreak in 2014, and the 2010 Hatian earthquake. As you read this you would think we were facing the end, but thank goodness there has been help from the IRS. The typical measures often include delaying various filing deadlines, delating various payment deadlines, loosening rules for write offs for damage, and allowing for certain charitable contributions.

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Natural Disaster Relief: Hurricanes Harvey, Irma

What is the IRS doing to help with natural disaster relief?

We are getting hit with a one-two punch this hurricane season between Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and who knows what else will hit. The last several years the IRS has typically acted to provide taxpayer relief for natural disasters such as hurricanes Kartina and Rita, the 2014-2015 record snow fall in New England, the 2010 New England floods, Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Matthew, the Ebola Outbreak in 2014, and the 2010 Hatian earthquake. As you read this you would think we were facing the end, but thank goodness there has been help from the IRS. The typical measures often include delaying various filing deadlines, delating various payment deadlines, loosening rules for write offs for damage, and allowing for certain charitable contributions.

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Oops, Forget to Enclose That Tax Document?

Did you forget to enclose that tax document on your tax return? This is the largest source of IRS notices that I see. Taxpayers forget to report income from a 1099 or did not think the income was necessary to report. So, how do you deal with an IRS tax notice when you forgot to enclose the document with the tax return?

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Do You Owe Taxes to the IRS? Can You Afford the Tax Penalty?

Did you just learn that you owe taxes to the IRS this year? Can you afford the tax penalty on the money you owe to the IRS?

Nothing can be more stressful than finding out you owe the IRS when calculating your taxes, especially when you already are struggling financially. The issue of course, is even though you can’t pay the tax, you still must file your tax return by the deadline. And, if you owe money, and you don’t have it, you will face a tax penalty. More people hate tax time because of this!

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IRS Takes Action on Tax Credits

Why does the IRS need to take action on tax credits?

The IRS takes action on tax credits for the 2016 tax returns during the 2017 tax season for a good reason. Tax credits and tax fraud costs the government billions of tax dollars a year. The IRS is clamping down on tax credits due to these costs. In an effort to rein in tax fraud, some new laws took effect in 2016. These laws clamp down on individuals who file a fraudulent claim on the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC), the Child Tax Credit (CTC), or the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

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Alimony Tax Issues

What alimony tax issues apply when paying or receiving alimony? After all, divorce can be difficult enough. Add to it that divorced individuals may have to pay or receive alimony just complicates issue. If this is your situation, here are some tips for how to correctly treat the payments on your tax return.

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