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Tax preparers: Be on the lookout for this new scam

Tax season is upon us, which means tax scammers are ramping up their tactics to take advantage of tax payers throughout the country. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) often sends out warnings about scams in an effort to better protect the public from becoming a victim. One specific scam the agency has voiced concerns about involves an attempt to gain information from tax preparers.

Texas sales and use tax may soon apply to online transactions

The sales and use tax results in funds for the state to use towards road construction, education and other government services. Various studies show that the amount of revenue collected through this tax is not nearly as large as it should be if it were a true reflection of items purchased within the state. The culprit for this disparity: the internet.

IRS issues guidance on revocation of passport for unpaid taxes

Falling behind in tax obligations can lead to more than just fines — it can result in the revocation of your passport. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently published some guidance on this penalty, noting the agency has the authority to deny or revoke passports to those who are delinquent in tax payments.

IRS settles class action lawsuits alleging discrimination

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently settled class action lawsuits representing over 400 conservative groups that state they were “improperly” delayed tax-exempt status, according to a recent report by USA Today. It appears the federal agency singled out hundreds of groups due to their ideological stances. These groups underwent additional questioning which led to delays.

Three lessons for tax preparers from recent federal case

Four tax preparers are facing prison time for tax crimes connected to their tax preparation services. The accusations included putting together faulty tax returns and cashing in on fraudulent refunds. The Department of Justice (DOJ) discussed the case in a recent press release, noting that the government is coming down hard on those who break tax law in this manner.

Innocent and not-so-innocent spouses: 3 things to know about marital tax debt

Most married couples file their taxes jointly. In part, this is a matter of convenience. But filing together also generally means a couple pays less in combined taxes than they would using married filing separate (MFS) status.Filing jointly can be problematic, however, when one spouse has run up big tax debts while keeping the other in the dark about it or forced into acquiescence through abuse.That is why the IRS has a type of relief from tax liability called the innocent spouse rule. In this post, we'll take note of three things worth knowing about marital tax debt.

Understanding disaster-based tax credits and deductions

We are now in the thick of the Atlantic hurricane season, something many of us in Texas have to be concerned about, particularly if we own property along the Gulf. Of course, summer also frequently brings severe thunderstorms to our state, complete with damaging hail, straight-line winds, tornadoes and devastating lightning strikes.

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