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IRS Identity Theft Procedures

Tighe, Kress & Orr.

By: Tighe, Kress & Orr.

Posted April 11, 2018 / No comments

The IRS clarified several procedures that apply when there is identity theft, including when taxpayers should (and should not) file Form 14039, “Identity Theft Affidavit.” A taxpayer should file Form 14039 if he or she attempts to file an electronic tax return and the IRS rejects it because a return bearing the taxpayer’s Social Security

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Chances of Being Audited

Tighe, Kress & Orr.

By: Tighe, Kress & Orr.

Posted April 4, 2018 / No comments

What are your chances of being audited by the IRS? Not very high, according to the recently issued IRS Data Book. The annual publication contains statistical tables, IRS organizational information, and the rate at which the IRS audits tax returns. In 2017, the audit rate dropped to 0.6%, the lowest rate since 2002. In addition,

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No April Fools Joke: RMD Deadline

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By: Tighe, Kress & Orr.

Posted March 27, 2018 / No comments

This is no April Fool’s joke! IRA owners who turned age 70½ in 2017, but opted to wait until 2018 to begin taking their required minimum distributions (RMDs) for 2017, must receive their first RMDs by April 1. The IRS reminds participants in qualified retirement plans that, to avoid a steep penalty, they must generally begin

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Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) to End

Tighe, Kress & Orr.

By: Tighe, Kress & Orr.

Posted March 20, 2018 / No comments

The IRS announced that the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) is ending on September 28, 2018. The program is a form of tax amnesty that allows U.S. taxpayers with unreported foreign accounts to avoid criminal charges and pay reduced civil penalties by making voluntary disclosures to the IRS. The IRS noted that, by alerting taxpayers to the

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IRS Warning: Scam Groups

Tighe, Kress & Orr.

By: Tighe, Kress & Orr.

Posted March 14, 2018 / No comments

The IRS is warning taxpayers against scam groups masquerading as charitable organizations. The phony charities attempt to attract donations from unsuspecting taxpayers, using a charitable reason and the promise of a tax deduction as bait. The fraudsters often use names similar to those of nationally known organizations. Fake charities are one of the IRS’s “Dirty

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Alert: The interest on your home equity loan may still be deductible

Tighe, Kress & Orr.

By: Tighe, Kress & Orr.

Posted February 28, 2018 / No comments

Despite new restrictions under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the IRS announced that taxpayers can often still deduct interest on a home equity loan, home equity line of credit, or second mortgage, regardless of how the loan is labeled. On Feb. 21, the IRS clarified that the TCJA does suspend the deduction for

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TCJA will Change Tax Rules of the Road for Alimony

Tighe, Kress & Orr.

By: Tighe, Kress & Orr.

Posted February 23, 2018 / No comments

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) will be changing the tax rules of the road for alimony. Under current rules, individuals who pay alimony or maintenance can deduct an amount equal to the payments made during the year as an “above-the-line” deduction. And, under current rules, alimony and maintenance payments are taxable to recipients.

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Be on Alert for New Tax Scams

Tighe, Kress & Orr.

By: Tighe, Kress & Orr.

Posted February 22, 2018 / No comments

The IRS is warning about new ways thieves are stealing from taxpayers. In one scam, criminals pose as debt collection agency officials acting on behalf of the IRS. They contact taxpayers to say refunds were deposited in their accounts in error. They ask the taxpayers to send the money back. In another scam, taxpayers receive

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FBAR Filers Get an Automatic 6-month Extension

Tighe, Kress & Orr.

By: Tighe, Kress & Orr.

Posted February 21, 2018 / No comments

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has clarified the due date of 2017 Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBARs). While 2017 FBARs are now due on Apr. 17, filers who miss this deadline are given an automatic extension until Oct. 15, 2018. Certain taxpayers with foreign accounts must file an FBAR, although it’s

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New budget agreement brings additional tax changes

Robert Tighe

By: Robert Tighe

Posted February 14, 2018 / No comments

The ink on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which swept in a tidal wave of changes to federal tax rules, had been dry for only seven weeks before Congress passed more legislation that could affect many taxpayers. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA), which President Trump signed into law on February 9,

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