Solar power is one form of energy that can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Local and federal taxing agencies offer tax abatement programs to help offset the high initial cost that comes with converting to solar power. Lawmakers use these programs to reduce or eliminate property taxes for those who partake in the program.
Opening up your mail to find a letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) likely leads to stress. Unless you are expecting a tax return in the form of a check — that is likely the only time anyone is excited to get a mailing from the Uncle Sam.
There are some activities that are synonymous with summertime: barbeques, boat rides and family road trips are a few that often come to mind. In some cases, summer fun can lead to tax savings. Three examples to watch for include:
Business owners must balance their passion for their market with business logistics. Owners must manage their budgets and, at times, navigate human resources issues. In some cases, the owner may even need to navigate a discussion with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This conversation would occur if the agency decides to conduct an audit on your business.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is reviewing tax returns and preparing to move forward with audits.
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to crackdown on tax preparation fraud. The government takes the threat so seriously that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has listed return preparer fraud as one of its Dirty Dozen Tax Scams.
The line between a gift and income in the eyes of taxpayers is not always clear. A recent case, Felton v. Commissioner, provides an example. In this case, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) argues a taxpayer’s claimed gift was actually income. As such, it would be subject to a higher tax rate.
As we enter tax season, it is good to keep in mind some common red flags that can trigger an audit by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Things that can increase the risk of an audit include:
Getting audited by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)? You likely have a number of questions. The first may be along the lines of: is this for real? If you got a phone call stating you are getting an audit, it may be a scam. If, however, you received a letter from the IRS stating the agency is going to review your tax filings, the correspondence is likely legit.
Summer is coming to an end. This becomes apparent whenever you enter a big box store and see the shift of stock away from swimsuits and beach umbrellas towards backpacks and winter coats. But did you know that warm weather is not the only thing about to come to an end? There are also certain tax savings that will expire with the end of the summer season.