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Income Tax Archives

Beware tax scams this time of year

January is quickly coming to a close, and many Connecticut residents are gathering all the necessary paperwork they need to get their taxes filed. While they are doing their part as tax season gets underway, so are scammers. More tax scams than usual pop up between now and mid-April than any other time of year.

IRS unable to keep up with taxpayers

Thanks to a lack of funding, the Internal Revenue Service has been falling short on its duties. The IRS has been expected to operate with the fewest number of employees possible, and its agents have been unable to keep up with taxpayers. How has this been hurting Connecticut residents?

The ins and outs of tax-free exchanges

Most Connecticut residents are always on the lookout for ways to lower their tax liabilities. No one wants to pay Uncle Sam more than they have to, so it is understandable. Unfortunately, there are only so many ways that one can do this without raising any questions over legality. For business owners or those who have investment properties, tax-free exchanges are one way to avoid overpaying taxes on capital gains from the selling of property.

Have a tax problem? Don't ignore it; take swift action

After filing personal taxes, the Connecticut Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service have several years in which they can look for issues with one's filing and seek more money. When an unexpected tax bill arrives in the mail, it can be rather stressful. Those who believe a mistake has been made might be tempted to ignore the tax bill, but that will only cause problems. If a tax issue arises, it is best to face it head-on as swiftly as possible.

Don't forget to pay taxes on CVC transactions

Convertible virtual currencies have been around for a while now, and there are likely numerous Connecticut residents who have some in their financial portfolios. In 2014, the Internal Revenue Service released a statement saying all CVC-related transactions need to be reported when filing taxes. Up until now, the IRS has been relatively lax on enforcing this rule, but that is changing. It is said that the IRS will be purposefully targeting CVC users to ensure they are meeting their full tax liability.

The how to's of paying income tax quarterly

Certain Connecticut residents have to pay their taxes, not just once but four times a year. Freelancers and business owners typically do not pay taxes with every paycheck. If they make over a certain amount in a year, they must pay estimated income taxes quarterly or face having to pay penalties on top of what they owe.

Common income tax problems some will see this next tax season

The 2020 tax season is not too far off. That means that Connecticut residents only have a short time left to address some issues so that there are not problems when they eventually file their income tax returns. What are some of the common problems people are expected to deal with this coming tax season if they choose not to take action to address specific issues now?

How the SECURE Act will affect taxes

Anyone who keeps up on the news has likely read or heard about the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Act that recently passed the House vote. The Senate is set to vote on it, and it is expected to pass without issue. The name of the bill certainly sounds like it is meant to help people, but will it? In the end, it will affect how much people in Connecticut and elsewhere have to pay in taxes. 

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