The IRS could be on the verge of changing the way Americans file their taxes
The IRS could be on the cusp of revolutionizing the way that Americans file their taxes. The Inflation Reduction Act signed into law by President Biden on Tuesday provided $80 billion in funding for the agency, including $15 million to deliver a report on a free, government-run tax e-filing system that tax simplification advocates have…news.yahoo.com
Brooklyn Hospital Dietician Indicted for Fraudulent Refund Scam
A New York woman was arrested today, following an indictment returned by the grand jury earlier this week charging her with filing false tax returns, obstructing the IRS, and willful failure to file tax returns. According to the indictment, Ehrenfriede Kauapirura, of Brooklyn, filed a false 2015 amended tax return and a false 2016 tax return. On both returns, Kauapirura allegedly reported hundreds of thousands of dollars in fictitious tax withholdings, which purportedly entitled her to refunds of approximately $250,000 for each year. To thwart the IRS’s collection efforts, Kauapirura allegedly transferred money from her personal bank account to a bank account owned by a trust that she controlled. In addition, Kauapirura allegedly did not timely file individual tax returns with the IRS for the years 2017 through 2020.justice.gov
Yellen tells IRS to develop modernization plan in 6 months
Now that President Joe Biden signed Democrats' expansive climate, tax and health care bill into law, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has directed the IRS to develop a plan within six months outlining how the tax agency will overhaul its technology, customer service and hiring processes. In part, the improvements are meant to “end the two-tiered tax system, where most Americans pay what they owe, but those at the top of the distribution often do not," Yellen said in a Tuesday memo to IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig, whose term ends in three months. Yellen has called for the IRS to “fully resolve the inventory backlog and make significant improvements in taxpayer services," “to overhaul an information technology system that is decades out of date” and invest and train employees “so they can identify the most complex evasion schemes by those at the top."news.yahoo.com
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) absurdly asks, “Is the IRS gearing up for war in our country?”
Florida Republican Matt Gaetz continues to stoke fear over recent IRS job postings for agents who can carry firearms, as well as funding for arms for IRS agents included in recent legislation. Is Nancy Pelosi trying to start a nuclear war in Asia? Is there an effort by the National Security State to stoke violence in a civil war here at home?news.yahoo.com
Will there be tax implications when you have joint tenants with right of survivorship?
REAL ESTATE MATTERS | The IRS has a rule that states that a homeowner may keep up to $250,000 (up to $500,000 if you’re married) in profits from the sale of a primary residence, as long as the owner has lived in the home for two of the past five years.washingtonpost.com
Feds launch website for claiming part 2 of child tax credit
The White House and Treasury Department launched a revamped Child Tax Credit website meant to help people who were eligible for the expanded tax credit under last year’s pandemic relief bill claim the second half of the payment they were due.
Leak of billionaires' tax data draws GOP outcry over privacy
Republicans in Congress are alarmed by the leak of confidential IRS data to ProPublica that has enabled the investigative news organization to reveal that famous billionaires including Warren Buffett, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg paid little in U.S. income tax at times.
Will you get a stimulus check and if so, when?
How do I know if I quality for the American Rescue Plan stimulus check? Will I get a $1,400 check? Third Stimulus Check Calculator - American Rescue Plan Who won’t get a $1,400 check? You should automatically qualify to receive a third stimulus check, most notably if you received a first and second round of payments. If you receive your income tax payment through direct deposit, your check will be deposited in that account.
IRS gets more relief payments out after delays
The IRS said that after initial problems, it is getting more of the second round of relief payments to taxpayers. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)The IRS said that after initial problems, it is getting more of the second round of relief payments to taxpayers. A number of tax preparation companies said that they were able to resolve the issues. The IRS said Tuesday that it worked over the weekend to help a smaller set of impacted taxpayers and is reissuing payments for eligible taxpayers whose accounts may have been closed. No action is needed for most eligible taxpayers to get the payment.
Didn't get your relief payment yet? You aren't alone
The U.S. Treasury and IRS have sent out the bulk of the second economic impact payments, which are intended to provide some relief to Americans. However, frustration is high among millions of people who did not receive payments yet and must wait for the mail or file their taxes before they receive it. If you are eligible, check the IRS Get My Payment tool on its website to find out the status of you payment. However, some people may find that they get their payment in a different form this time than last. If you get the “Payment Status #2 – Not Available” message, then you will not receive the payment and instead need to claim it on your tax return.
Some taxpayers find relief payments sent to wrong account
A number of taxpayers who use tax preparation services, such as H&R Block and TurboTax, say their second relief payments were sent to the incorrect bank account, forcing them to wait longer for their money. Some payments are also being sent via paper check or debit cards during the month of January. However, many people said that they checked the IRS site and found their payments were sent to an account they did not recognize. “We are partnering with the IRS to help taxpayers receive their payments as quickly as possible." The payments are automatic, and people should not contact their financial institutions or the IRS with payment timing questions.
Like everything else 2020, taxes will be like no other year
It’s worth noting that unemployment benefits are all subject to federal taxes but not all states tax it. As such, people who did not receive their payment or only got a partial payment can resolve this issue on their 2020 taxes when they file. Another big issue is for those who relocated or moved during the pandemic, which could complicate where they need to report and pay state taxes, Pyron said. Workers may need to file taxes in multiple states. The IRS continues to urge taxpayers to file their taxes online and use other online tools whenever possible.
The IRS has made changes to the tax bracket -- here’s what it will mean for you
Earlier this week, the IRS announced the 2021 tax year annual inflation adjustments for more than 60 tax previsions. Those include tax rate schedules and other tax changes. The following are the 2021 tax rates, which will be used when filing taxes in 2022 for the previous year of income. Taxpayers with lower incomes with have lower federal tax rates. Click or tap here to learn about more changes that have come with tax inflation adjustments for tax year 2021.
Audit likely gave congressional staff glimpse of Trump taxes
When JCT staffers disagree with the IRS on a decision, the review is typically kept open until the matter is resolved. Even acknowledging that Trump's taxes were before the panel is verboten. Representatives for the Trump Organization did not respond to messages seeking comment and confirmation that the Joint Tax Committee had reviewed Trump's taxes. Former JCT staffers would not comment on whether they remembered the dispute with Trump, citing confidentiality rules. Neal, the lead force behind a Democratic lawsuit to expose Trump’s taxes, said the Times’ reporting is proof that the documents should be given to Congress.
US judge: IRS can't keep coronavirus money from inmates
A federal judge says the IRS can't keep withholding coronavirus relief payments from incarcerated people, potentially clearing the way for at least 80,000 checks totaling more than $100 million to be sent to people behind bars across the United States. The legislation passed in March that authorized the payments of up to $1,200 per person during the pandemic doesn't specifically exclude jail or prison inmates. Still, that's exactly the claim that the IRS made a couple of weeks after the coronavirus rescue package passed. Prison officials in Maryland and California are working to notify all lock-up facilities. Some inmates may be reluctant to apply even if they hear about the ruling in time, Dermody said.
Trump business deductions: sketchy, normal or in-between?
A key question is whether those deductions reported by The New York Times were excessive and possibly illegal; they enabled Trump to avoid millions of dollars in taxes. It would be up to the IRS, which is auditing some of Trump’s returns, to decide whether the deductions are legitimate. The agency defines an ordinary expense as one that’s common and accepted in a company’s trade or type of business. According to the Times, Trump has treated some of his residences as businesses, in the process deducting millions of dollars. Moreover, under the tax legislation Trump signed into law in 2017, he would have been limited to $10,000 a year in property tax deductions for 2018.
GAO: Millions in danger of missing coronavirus payments
(Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP)WASHINGTON – A government watchdog says millions of Americans are in danger of missing coronavirus relief payments of up to $1,200 per individual because of incomplete government records. The lack of "such information could hinder outreach efforts and place potentially millions of individuals at risk of missing their payment,” the GAO said in its report. The IRS ten report as of July 31 that 5.3 million individuals had used an online IRS tool for non-filers to help them receive payments. But the agency told GAO it was working on an effort to notify around 9 million individuals that they may be eligible for the payments. In addition to the problem of missing individuals eligible for the payments, an earlier GAO report found that nearly 1.1 million in coronavirus relief payments totaling some $1.6 billion went to dead people.
No more delays: What to know about the July 15 deadline
As the coronavirus pandemic took hold this spring, the federal government postponed the traditional April 15 filing deadline until July 15. In most cases, you must file and pay your taxes by July 15. Those were originally due on April 15 and June 15 respectively. One worth noting is that July 15 is also the deadline to claim a refund for 2016 tax returns. An estimated $1.5 billion refunds for 2016 are sitting unclaimed because people failed to file tax returns.
US inmates got virus relief checks, and IRS wants them back
The legislation authorizing the payments during the pandemic doesnt specifically exclude jail or prison inmates, and the IRS has refused to say exactly what legal authority it has to retrieve the money. While the IRS says checks sent to jail inmates also should be returned, the sheer number of jails and detention centers across the U.S. makes it difficult to tell if many are following those instructions. She says prison officials are accustomed to intercepting tax documents to screen for potential scams, priming them to follow this request. Intercepting relief checks may also have a disproportionate impact on Black and Hispanic inmates, who are incarcerated at a higher rate than white Americans. Prison officials nationwide have been trying to intercept the checks, with varying results.