This is the time of year when the issue of a tax audit is most on the minds of the average California residents, because many are in the process of preparing their yearly income tax return. Tax audits are a generally intimidating proposition and most people do everything they can to avoid an audit. However, without insight into how the IRS works and what types of things can trigger an audit, this can be hard to do.
Same-sex couples in California are facing both a simpler and more complex tax landscape this year, as they have the option to file federal income tax returns jointly for the first time and must choose whether to amend previous years filings as well. For many couples this will require an extensive examination of past years finances and deductions to determine the most advantageous approach, along with a look forward to start planning for the new tax landscape.
A federal court recently struck down an Internal Revenue Service proposal that the agency be permitted to oversee professional tax preparers. The concept was fought by tax preparers from several states as well as libertarian groups who believed it was an overreach of government intervention in business.
Tax season is officially in full swing, as most California taxpayers have now received all of the necessary forms to start the process of filing their taxes. For some people this means entering one or two simple forms into a free online program and calling it a day, while others require a bit more effort to make sure they are doing everything correctly.
As the calendar turned over a new page to 2014, many California residents began to get their financial records organized in order to file their federal and their state income tax returns. Every year it is very important to pay attention to various changes in tax law that could impact one’s income tax return. This year, there are a few federal tax changes that are very important, but that many might not be aware of yet.
Believe it or not, tax time is upon us once again in the state of California. While the federal IRS won't be taking 2013 income tax returns for about three weeks, the state Franchise Tax Board is now accepting them and officials are urging California residents to file right away in order to get a speedy refund.
When we take our taxes in to have them prepared by a professional, we trust that the professional’s advice will lead us in the right direction and get the best tax rates while complying fully with the law. Unfortunately in some cases it does not turn out this way, and taxpayers can end up in trouble if their trusted tax preparer takes improper deductions.
An American businessman best known for his creation of the popular Beanie Babies line of plush toys is facing up to five years in prison along with fines he has already paid over tax evasion allegations. Ty Inc., founder Ty Warner has asked a judge to sentence him only to probation rather than jail time, citing penalties already paid and involvement in charitable giving as factors to consider in assessing his sentence.
As 2013 draws to a close, it seems more and more likely that Congress will not act to extend several federal income tax breaks that taxpayers have come to rely on. While these may expire for the tax year 2014, taxpayers still have one more filing to take advantage of these deductions before they are gone.
If you surveyed the average American about what they fear most, a tax audit is probably near the job of the list, just after natural disasters. Tax audits are a fact of life for many, particularly those who have significant assets or who own a business. And, in reality when faced with a tax audit it can be less frightening than it is from a distance, since it is often easier to tackle a concrete set of problems than to worry about a nebulous threat.