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Withholding Changes Could Lead To Issues With Taxes

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Our expertise in taxes can help you navigate issues with withholding.

Many Americans may face trouble with taxes because they’ve failed to take into account new withholding rules.

According to CNBC:

The IRS has been warning filers all year to ensure they’re withholding enough tax from their pay in order to avoid a surprise tax bill in 2019.

Turns out, few people seem to be listening.

At least that’s…

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IRS Boosts Limits For Retirement Accounts

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The IRS has increased contribution limits for retirement accounts.

The IRS announced last week it had increased contribution limits for retirement accounts for 2019.

According to Money Magazine:

The cap on annual contributions to a traditional and Roth IRA, which hadn’t changed since 2013, will rise to $6,000 from $5,500. The catch-up contribution to these accounts for those ages 50…

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Tax Audits Fall Victim To Budget Cuts

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The IRS has cut back on tax audits.

The IRS has pulled back on tax audits following years of budget cuts at the agency.

The agency’s enforcement division was slashed as a result of 2011 budget cuts, according to a joint investigation by Pro Publica and the New York Times. According to the report:

Bringing cases against people who evade taxes on legal income is central…

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IRS Use Of Private Tax Collectors Underperforms

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An effort to have private collectors help the IRS has turned in an underwhelming performance.

A program that requires the IRS to use private companies to make tax collection attempts has not performed as advocates hoped, according to a report by the Treasury Inspector General For Tax Administration.

This latest report is the third time in three months an independent review has found the IRS

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IRS Continues Crackdown On Offshore Tax Cheating

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The IRS will end a program giving amnesty to tax cheats with overseas accounts who ‘fess up.

The IRS later this month will end a program allowing tax evaders with secret offshore accounts to confess and avoid prison.

The IRS made the decision to shut down the program following declining demand. According to Fox Business, the agency will continue a program that helps people who…

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IRS Issues Pass-Through Tax Deduction Guidelines

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There’s plenty of complexity in the new tax law.

An aspect of tax reform that could provide significant savings for owners of pass-through businesses will also require plenty of work to claim.

One part of the tax bill passed at the end of last was allowing a 20 percent deduction on income from pass-through businesses. But it’s not as simple as it may seem. The IRS recently issued…

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Will Tax Changes Cost You?

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Don’t let tax changes catch you flat-footed.

If you haven’t taken into account tax changes, you may be in for a nasty surprise.

That’s because you may not be holding out enough of your paycheck to qualify for a refund next year, thanks to tax changes passed by Congress last year.

According to the Washington Post:

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.)…

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Senators Introduce IRS Reform Bill

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Congress is considering reforms to the IRS.

Two Senators have introduced a bill they say will reform some parts of the IRS and help low-income taxpayers.

Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Ben Cardin, D-Md., last week introduced the Protecting Taxpayers Act.  The bipartisan legislation focuses on improving the organizational structure of the IRS and making it easier for small businesses and retirement plan administrators to comply…

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Back Taxes Could Cost You Your Passport

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If you owe too much in back taxes, your passport application could be denied.

If you’re behind on your taxes, you could face trouble traveling internationally.

That’s because the government plans to reject passport applications from taxpayers who owe more than $51,000 in overdue taxes.

According to CNBC:

The State Department denies passport applications based on the information on outstanding debts it receives from the IRS.

As many…

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IRS Teams Up With Other Tax Collectors To Tackle Cryptocurrency

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The IRS has formed an international team to go after cyber tax crimes.

If you’ve got a horde of bitcoin stashed on a computer and haven’t let Uncle Sam know, the IRS could be coming after you. The same thing is true in other countries such as Australia.

The IRS has launched the Joint Chiefs Global Tax Enforcement (J5) coalition to go after tax fraudsters….

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