This is the first of two articles about expenses incurred by clients who are engaged in an activity, and whether such activity can be considered a business or a hobby. In the first article, the scenario of a freelance writer is used to discuss the business vs. hobby issue.
H&R Block clients accustomed to receiving Refund Anticipation Loans (RALs) might be disappointed this tax season because the only bank that underwrites these loans for the company, HSBC Bank USA, might pull out of the program.
Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom is accustomed to facing formidable opponents on the basketball court. But these days, he’s taking on the Internal Revenue Service in a different court setting over what he sees as a personal foul.
The Internal Revenue Service is reminding consumers that they can weatherize their homes and be rewarded for their efforts. Homeowners making energy-saving improvements this fall can cut winter heating bills and lower their 2010 tax bill, too, according to the IRS.
Speaking at this week's National Tax Conference in Washington, D.C., IRS Commissioner Mark Schulman addressed concerns about the new tax preparer identification guidelines that are about to take effect. Managing Editor Gail Perry reports.
Starting today, for-profit companies marketing debt-relief services over the telephone are prohibited from charging a fee before they settle or reduce a customer’s debt to the Internal Revenue Service, credit card company, or other unsecured debt.
A former Pittsfield, MA, man pleaded guilty this week in federal court in Boston to his role in a series of frauds and attempts to avoid paying taxes over more than a decade, as well as lying to federal authorities and financial institutions about his illegal activities.
The Internal Revenue Service has issued final regulations under a law change that will require reporting of basis and other information by stock brokers and mutual fund companies for most stock purchased in 2011 and all stock purchased in 2012 and later years.
The worldwide decline in top personal income tax rates over the past seven years generally appears to have come to an end, as this year’s average rate increased 0.3 percent globally, according to KPMG International’s 2010 Individual Income Tax and Social Security Rate Report.
Paid tax return preparers, including attorneys, CPAs, and enrolled agents, must apply for a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) from the IRS before signing and filing any federal tax returns in 2011. Paid preparers who already have a PTIN must renew it.
The Internal Revenue Service has issued final regulations requiring paid tax return preparers to register with the IRS to obtain a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). A new online application system to obtain a PTIN is now available.