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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. 

Connecticut fighting to keep charitable deduction tax benefit

For a long time, taxpayers in Connecticut have been able to fully deduct state and municipal tax payments on their federal returns. Law changes, which took effect in 2017, ended that tax benefit for the time being. As such, the state of Connecticut created a workaround, which allowed residents to make charitable contributions to local organizations so they can claim higher deductions on their federal returns. While this seems a reasonable solution to the problem, the Internal Revenue Service responded by saying such contributions could not be deducted.

Changes to taxpayer rights

On July 1, 2019, a bill was signed by the president that is intended to protect taxpayers. Taxpayer rights are not new, but many felt that changes to these rights were long overdue. How will the Taxpayer First Act of 2019 benefit Connecticut residents?

Having a good tax preparer matters

While there are a good number of people in the United States who complete and file their taxes on their own every year, there are many more who trust so-called professionals to help them. Having a good tax preparer matters if one chooses to go this route. Here are few tips that may help Connecticut residents determine if their tax preparers or potential tax preparers are right for the job.

Will Connecticut's wealthiest residents soon see tax increases?

Connecticut is in the midst of a financial crisis. Some believe that raising taxes on the wealthiest residents would solve this problem. However, some worry that doing so will only cause these residents to pack up and move elsewhere. A plan to increase the tax rates of wealthy residents has been proposed. Only time will tell if it will be put into effect.

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