The IRS recently announced it intends to hire thousands of new employees as part of a tax-enforcement push, which could mean an uptick in audits sometime soon. The best way to survive an IRS audit is to prepare for one in advance. This article discusses what might trigger an audit, how taxpayers are likely be contacted and who can help.
During the pandemic, many families have hired household workers. For any household worker who isn’t an independent contractor, “nanny tax” obligations may apply. This article explores the details of withholding, reporting and paying a household worker. A sidebar looks at the federal unemployment tax.
As investing in Bitcoin, Dogecoin and other cryptocurrencies becomes more popular, investors need to understand the potential tax ramifications. Unlike traditional currency, the IRS views cryptocurrency as property. This article explores the impact on capital gains and losses as well as defines key terms such as “hard forks” and “air drops.”
Many individual taxpayers fondly recall the stimulus payments issued this spring under the American Rescue Plan Act. However, the law contains plenty of other provisions also worth remembering. This article reviews four highlights. A sidebar looks at the income exclusion for unemployment benefits.
Trusts can help affluent individuals and families manage, protect and grow their wealth. But there are a wide variety to choose from, so it’s important to understand the basic concepts behind trusts before choosing one. This article defines trusts and provides an example of how one popular trust type works. A sidebar looks at another example: intentionally defective grantor trusts.
Future retirees have long grappled with whether to opt for a traditional or Roth IRA. Those who have a traditional IRA and have seen a decline in the value of their investments may want to consider a conversion to a Roth. This article reviews how these accounts work and the strategy in question.
About a year ago, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was launched in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Business owners who took out such a loan are likely curious about the tax consequences, particularly for forgiven loans. This article provides pertinent information. A sidebar announces the launch of “second-draw” PPP loans.
The federal child tax credit is available to help many taxpayers with children under the age of 17, and there’s a dependent credit for those who are eligible with older children. This article explores the details. A sidebar explains that a qualifying child must have an SSN for parents to claim the tax credit.
Now’s a good time for taxpayers to familiarize themselves with pertinent tax-related amounts that may or may not be changing in 2021 because of inflation. This article poses six key questions about such amounts, including those related to retirement planning and the itemized deduction.
For many, December 31 means a New Year’s celebration. From a tax perspective, however, it should mean thinking about which filing status you will use for that year’s tax return. This article reviews the five statuses. A sidebar looks at whether a married person can file as a “head of household.”