Ten things for taxpayers to think about when choosing a Tax Preparer

Check the Preparer’s Qualifications. People can use the IRS Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Select Qualifications. This tool helps taxpayers find a tax return preparer with specific qualifications. The directory is a searchable and sortable listing of preparers. Check the Preparer’s History. Taxpayers can ask the Better Business Bureau about the…

Publication 535, Business Expenses

This publication discusses common business expenses and explains what is and is not deductible. The chapters cover general rules for deducting business expenses and specific expenses. What Can I Deduct? To be deductible, a business expense must be both ordinary and necessary. An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your trade…

IRS Activities Following the Shutdown

The IRS has reopened following the end of the government shutdown, and IRS employees are working hard to resume normal operations and help taxpayers as much as possible. As the IRS resumes operations, there are some important pieces of information for taxpayers and tax professionals to keep in mind in several areas: Audits. For taxpayers…

PATH Act Federal Tax Refund Delays

ABOUT PATH Act (Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes) prohibits the IRS from releasing tax refunds prior to February 15 for taxpayers claiming EITC and/or ACTC refundable tax credits. The law may create tax refund delays up to six weeks or more. TAXPAYERS IMPACTED Taxpayers claiming any of the following credits before February 15 may be…

IRS Confirms Tax Filing Season to Begin January 28

WASHINGTON ― Despite the government shutdown, the Internal Revenue Service today confirmed that it will process tax returns beginning January 28, 2019 and provide refunds to taxpayers as scheduled. “We are committed to ensuring that taxpayers receive their refunds notwithstanding the government shutdown. I appreciate the hard work of the employees and their commitment to…

For private corporations and their employees, IRS provides initial guidance on new tax benefit for stock options and restricted stock units

The Internal Revenue Service today issued Notice 2018-97 offering guidance on a recent tax law change that allows qualified employees of privately-held corporations to defer paying income tax, for up to five years, on the value of qualified stock options and restricted stock units (RSUs) granted to them by their employers. The tax law change was included…