Notice of Deficiency from the IRS? Don’t Panic: Here’s What You Can Do

By Top Tax Staff

Receiving mail from the Internal Revenue Service is enough to make anyone’s knees quiver. It almost always means you owe more money to Uncle Sam for one reason or another. In the case of a Notice of Deficiency, formally known as CP3219A, it means that the information you provided with a tax return does not match up with the information a third party sent, like a bank for an employer.

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What You Should Know About Bitcoin Taxes

By Top Tax Staff

As if the U.S. tax code wasn't complicated enough, the IRS also wants its share of your Bitcoin transactions. The problem is, of course, that you may not have written down every single taxable event you created with your Bitcoin, probably because you never knew you were doing it.

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5 Types of IRS Tax Installment Plans and Agreements

By Top Tax Staff

If your tax bill is too hefty for a single payment this year, you have options. The IRS can offer you an installment payment plan to help you spread your payments out over a number of months. While it's stressful to have tax debt of that magnitude, an installment agreement can make it more manageable.

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Criteria for Requesting an IRS Waiver of Tax Penalties and Interest

By Top Tax Staff

 

You didn’t file or pay your taxes this year because…reason. If you have the right reason, you may be able to request a waiver or tax penalties from the IRS. Believe it or not, the IRS isn’t completely heartless and, for a government agency, it can actually make sense once in a while.

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Are You Eligible for Summer Camp and Daycare Tax Credits?

By Top Tax Staff

Daycare and summer camp are two of the main drivers of spending on children under the age of 13 in the United States. According to the American Camp Association, there are more than 14,000 day camps and overnight camps in the U.S., with over 14 million kids and adults attending at their last count in 2013. Over 5 million children under the age of five are in some form of childcare.

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Passport Lost: How Owing Taxes to IRS Can Derail Your Summer Travel Plans

By Top Tax Staff

Are you planning to travel out of the country this summer? We hope you are not in tax debt because that could put a damper on things. Did you know that starting in February 2018, the IRS directed the State Department to deny or revoke passports of those owing $51,000 or more in back taxes?

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What REALLY Happens if You Don't File Your Taxes

By Top Tax Staff

If you somehow missed all the clues that Tax Day was April 15 (every year), or all the specials from tax preparers running up to this year’s Tax Day, you may be wondering what to do now.

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A Roundup of Our Top 5 Most Popular Posts of the Last Tax Year

By Top Tax Staff

Taxes become more complicated every year, and it doesn’t look like that trend will end anytime soon. We have gathered some of the most popular posts of the last tax year so you can get an idea of the kind of problems people are trying to solve and to put some of our most valuable advice in one spot.

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What to do AFTER You File for an Income Tax Extension

By Top Tax Staff

Another Tax Day has come and gone. If you weren’t able to file your taxes on time, did you request an extension?

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Top 8 Reasons the IRS Will Audit You

By Top Tax Staff

If you have already filed your taxes for this year, cross your fingers that none of the following applies to your return. If you have not, you still have a few days to make sure you minimize your chances to be selected for an audit by the IRS.

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