What to Expect When the IRS Alters Its Bitcoin Tax Policy

  Anna Baydakova Jun 7, 2019 at 04:00 UTC   Every tax season, cryptocurrency investors in the U.S. struggle to figure out how much they owe the government. But next April it might be a little bit easier. Last month, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said it would “soon” issue new guidance on the tax treatment of […]

Divorcees can save on taxes — if they take this one step

Why single parents could be missing out on a tax-saving opportunity CNBC If you’re planning on shedding weight in 2019 — in the form of your soon-to-be ex — be sure you understand this tax-planning benefit. Why the “head of household” status is another battleground for divorcing couples. Darla Mercado | @darla_mercado Published 2:07 PM ET […]

Eliminating Tax Debts in Bankruptcy

Most taxes can’t be eliminated in bankruptcy, but some can. Updated By Kathleen Michon, Attorney You may hear radio commercials offering the hope of eliminating tax debts in bankruptcy. But it’s not as simple as it sounds. Most tax debts can’t be wiped out in bankruptcy — you’ll continue to owe them at the end of a Chapter […]

The 10 Tax Law Changes Most Likely to Affect Your 2018 Personal Return

By Bill Bischoff, MarketWatch Almost all of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) changes that will affect individual taxpayers kick in starting with their 2018 Form 1040. Here are the 10 changes that are most likely to affect your return. Lower Individual Rates Much bigger standard deductions but no more personal and dependent exemptions. New […]

Want a Tax Cut? Here’s How Much Typical Americans Saved in 2018

~ Dan Caplinger (TMFGalagan) Find out how middle-income taxpayers will benefit from tax reform — in most cases. Tax time is nearly upon us, and for once, taxpayers are actually looking forward to filing their 2018 returns. That’s because tax reform laws took effect for the 2018 tax year, and so people are naturally curious […]

IRS Forms 1099 Are Coming: Pay Attention To What You Receive

~ Robert W. Wood, Contributor Although most Forms 1099 arrive in January, some companies issue the forms throughout the year when they issue checks. Whenever the forms come, don’t ignore them. Each form includes your Social Security number. If you don’t include the reported item on your tax return, bells go off at the IRS. […]

It’s tax season — this is how email scammers are trying to fool you

~ Kari Paul, reporter for MarketWatch If the IRS is going to contact you, they’ll initiate contact with a paper letter in the mail, an IRS spokesperson confirmed to MarketWatch. The IRS will only call you in rare circumstances. “Tax season is prime phishing season for cybercriminals,” said Atif Mushtaq, chief executive officer of Pleasanton, […]

Be Tax Smart About Leaving Assets to Your Heirs

By ROGER A. YOUNG, CFP®, Senior Financial Planner | T. Rowe Price January 31, 2019 The way you withdraw money in retirement can affect the next generation’s tax burden. Sometimes it’s best to go against conventional wisdom when it comes to when to tap taxable, tax-deferred and tax-free retirement savings. So, you’ve planned well enough […]

It’s Tax Season. Watch Out for These 3 Signs of a Tax Scam

Tax scams abound year-round, but people over 65 are targeted even more frequently during tax season. Why? A certain amount of money is in play at this time as taxpayers are figuring out what they owe Uncle Sam and scammers take advantage of the fact that money is being exchanged between the U.S. citizenry and its government. […]