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Tax Tip: Forms and Publications - How To Order

The Internal Revenue Service has many forms and free publications on a wide variety of topics to help you understand and meet your tax filing requirements. These forms and publications are available on the Internet, on CD-ROM, through fax on demand, over the telephone, through the mail, at local IRS offices, at some banks, post offices, and libraries, and even at some grocery stores, copy centers and office supply stores. If you know what form or publication you need, call the IRS toll-free forms number at 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676).
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IRS Announces Extensions May Be Filed By Telephone

The following article is provided courtesy of CCH, Inc.The IRS has announced that taxpayers seeking extensions for filing their returns can automatically extend their filing deadline four months by phone, computer or by filing a Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, by the April 16 filing deadline.
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Ways and Means to Advance Marriage Penalty Relief Bill

The following article is provided courtesy of CCH, Inc.The House Ways and Means Committee plans to mark up marriage penalty relief legislation on March 22. Committee member Jerry Weller, R-Ill., said at a March 21 committee hearing that relief from the marriage penalty in the tax code should be a main priority of this Congress.
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Tax Tip: Education IRAs Make College Costs Less Taxing

The Education IRA is an incentive to help parents and students save for higher education. Up to $500 may be contributed to a child's Education IRA each year, according to the IRS. Earnings on contributions will be distributed tax free provided that they are used to pay the beneficiary's post-secondary education expenses. Any individual who meets adjusted gross income (AGI) requirements can make a non-deductible contribution on behalf of a child under the age of 18. The AGI requirements are $95,000 for single taxpayers and $150,000 for married taxpayers.
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Tax Time and You're Short of Cash - What to Do?

Wondering how you're going to afford your tax bill this April? The financial writers at cnnfn.com have put together a nice summary of tax payment alternatives.Pay as Much as You Can in AprilAll taxes not paid by April 16 are subject to a penalty and interest.
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Tax Tip: Roth IRAs

Confused about whether you can contribute to a Roth IRA? The IRS suggests checking these simple rules:Income To contribute to a Roth IRA, you must have compensation (i.e. wages, salary, tips, professional fees, bonuses). Your modified adjusted gross income must be less than:$160,000 - Married filing jointly. $10,000 - Married filing separately (and you lived with your spouse at any time during the year).
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IRS Auditing More Returns Than it Admits

A recent report about the reduction in number of tax returns being audited by the IRS incited the Senate to respond that there are actually considerably more returns that undergo examination.
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NYSSCPA Grapples With H&R Block Over Ad Campaign

The New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA) is not satisfied with H&R Block's current advertising campaign regarding the filing of complex tax returns. P. Gerard Sokolski, NYSSCPA president, believes that the ads are misleading and detrimental to consumers.According to Mr. Sokolski, H&R Block claims that it prepares more complex tax returns than any CPA firm in America. When challenged, Steven A. Christianson, H&R Block Assistant Vice President, said that they define "complex" as individual returns with schedules.
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IRS Data Files May Not Be Secure

The General Accounting Office, Congress's watchdog agency, has published a report citing security lapses in the Internal Revenue Service computer system.
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Tax Tip: IRA Contributions Can Be Made Until April 16

If you haven't put any money into an Individual Retirement Arrangement (IRA) for tax year 2000, or if you've put in less than the maximum allowed, you still have time, according to the IRS. You can contribute to either a traditional or Roth IRA until the April due date of your tax return.If you make a contribution for the previous tax year, tell the IRA trustee which year the contribution is for. Otherwise, the trustee may report the contribution as being for the year in which it was received.You may contribute up to $2,000 of your earnings each year to an IRA.
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Common Mistakes to Avoid When Filing Your Return

Here's hoping you didn't make any of these mistakes and that you get through tax season with your bank account and good humor still intact!Making math errors. Not including Social Security numbers. Not signing and dating your return.Not using the pre-printed label and envelope from the tax package. Forgetting about interest and dividends. Forgetting to donate unwanted items to charity. Not including all your forms. Not properly tracking your investment basis. Using the EZ form when a longer form could cut your taxes.
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Tax Tip: Amended Returns

Oops! You've discovered an error after your tax return has been filed. What should you do? You may need to amend your return. The IRS usually corrects math errors or requests forms (such as W-2s) or schedules left out. In these instances, do not amend your return. However, do file an amended return if any of the following were reported incorrectly: your filing status your total income your deductions or credits Use
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Tax Tip: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Are you puzzled by the tax law and which credits and deductions you can take? If so, then why not take advantage of the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program, both of which offer free tax help. VITA and TCE sites are located at convenient community locations. These sites provide free basic income tax return preparation to individuals with low to moderate incomes, individuals with disabilities, non-English speaking taxpayers, and the elderly.
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Tax Tip: Refunds - How Long Should They Take?

Are you expecting a tax refund from the IRS this year? If you file a complete and accurate paper tax return, your refund should be issued in about six to eight weeks from the date IRS receives your return. If you file your return electronically, your refund should be issued in less than three weeks, even faster when you choose direct deposit.You can have a refund check mailed to you, or you may be able to have your refund deposited directly into your bank account. Direct Deposit into a bank account is more secure because there is no check to get lost. And it takes the U.S.
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Three Sales Tips for Tax Season

By Terri M. SommellaClient service is a hot issue in firms around the globe. When partners think of client service, they hardly equate the subject with selling. Yet questioning and listening skills, which are the foundation of any good sales program, are also the skills needed to give better client service and strengthen our relationships. During tax season, your contact with clients and prospects is at its peak.
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Tax Season Humor!

There was once an accounting firm where the senior CPA knew every thing there was to know about accounting. He could answer any question. He knew all the tax laws: There wasn't a better accountant anywhere.Every morning when he came to work, he would unlock his desk drawer, open it up and look inside for a minute, and then close and lock it again.This puzzled all of his co-workers, because it was the only eccentricity that this person exhibited.
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Tax Tip: Changing Your Address? Notify the IRS

Have you changed your home or business address? If so, you may want to notify the Internal Revenue Service to ensure that you receive any IRS refunds or correspondence. The IRS is now using the Postal Service's change of address files to update taxpayer addresses, but you may want to notify the IRS directly.There are several ways to do this. You may correct the address legibly on the mailing label that comes with your tax package or write the new address in the appropriate boxes on your tax return when you file.
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Taxes: Electronic Filing Errors Blamed on Users

According to a recent CNN report, the IRS is rejecting thousands of electronically filed tax returns due to user error. So far, almost 17 million taxpayers have filed electronically this year, and the IRS expects to receieve more than 42 million electronic returns by April 15. The problem seems to be with the PIN (Personal Identification Number) system which allows taxpayers to submit a completely paperless tax return.
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Tax Mama Highlighted in Inc. Magazine

A recent article in Inc. magazine analyzed seven top web sites where tax pointers can be found. Included in the seven was Eva Rosenberg's site, www.taxmama.com, and the article described the site as "A joyful and occasionally informative romp through the tax world." The site is geared primarily toward the consumer. Visitors can submit questions and read Q&A's in Tax Mama's e-mail newsletter. Ms.
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Tax Tip: IRS Has Plenty of Free Publications

From aardvark to zyzzyva, the IRS has a publication that covers it - free for the asking. The IRS has numerous publications on a variety of tax-related topics available by phone, fax, or the Internet at www.irs.gov. Are you a student seeking knowledge on the lifetime learning credit? Check out Publication 970. Are you a first-time home buyer?

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