Avoid these three tax traps

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There are three ways that taxpayers most often get into trouble with the tax authorities. Recognizing these three tax traps can help us avoid them. Under-reported income. This is usually the most obvious omission and usually easiest for tax authorities to spot and assess additional taxes. Sometime the taxpayer’s omission is deliberate and sometimes it […]

TAX TIP: Be ready to prove ‘Head of Household’ status

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act requires paid tax preparers to take additional steps to verify claims of Head of Household status. The new due diligence requirements are intended restrict an ineligible taxpayer from filing as a head of household. Under IRC §6695(g) a tax preparer who fails to meet these requirements results in a […]

Summary of Tax Reform for Individual Taxpayers

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This summary is an excerpt from “Understanding the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”by Samuel A. Donaldson, Georgia State University College of Law, January 3, 2018. Individual Ordinary Income Tax Brackets Originally, Republican leadership sought to reduce both the number of individual income tax brackets and the tax rates. Under prior law, seven tax brackets ranging from 10% to […]