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Quarterly tax filers beware: Double the bill & headache in April

Those who choose to pay their taxes in quarterly installments will face double the bill, and double the headache, on April 17, 2018. Why? In addition to paying for the final quarter of 2017, you will also need to pay the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for the first quarter of 2018.

Millennials are making these three tax mistakes

Long stereotyped as the generation too coddled to leave home, Millennials are finally growing up as they as they gain employment, pay rent, buy homes, get married and have kids. That is to say: they're making adult decisions and contributing to the economy in new ways as Baby Boomers retire; and, as Millennials come of age, they face the rite of passage that is paying taxes.

IRS scores victory over cryptocurrency trading platform

After a year-long battle in court, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has notched a victory over Coinbase, a leading cryptocurrency exchange headquartered in San Francisco. The Nov. 28 federal court ruling ordered that the company turn over the identities of more than 14,000 of its users.

Will changes in IRS examinations affect you?

A famous New York rapper once said that he had “more money, more problems.” Is this notion actually true? When it comes to your tax returns as a high-income earner, it just might be. As the 2017 fiscal year came to a close, the IRS announced that it is changing the way it examines tax returns and wealthy taxpayers are expected to be most affected. Let’s look at the reason for the change and how you can potentially avoid trouble.

Responding to an IRS audit

According to the Tax Foundation, 1.2 million Americans had their taxes audited by the Internal Revenue Service in 2015. Predicting who will be audited and why is difficult because tax law changes every year. Additionally, the IRS could change their focus from one group to another annually as new issues emerge.

Audits Are Down, but Audits on the Rich Are Likely to Increase

The number of IRS audits has decreased in each of the last five years. In 2016, only one in 143 individual taxpayers was audited. While audits are a necessary aspect of our tax system, it is safe to say most taxpayers will not lose sleep about the decreased likelihood of an audit.

Reporting Offshore Holdings? Watch out for an Audit.

In recent years, the IRS has devoted vast resources to compel taxpayers to report and pay taxes on offshore assets. As a result of these efforts, the IRS has recovered billions in unpaid taxes. Perhaps the most widely-known tool the IRS uses is the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program, or OVDP. When taxpayers submit to the OVDP, they will have to file up to eight years of amended tax returns and Foreign Bank and Financial Account (FBAR) statements, while paying taxes, interest and a penalty of 27.5%, or up to 50%, of the highest balance of these accounts.

IRS Priorities for Nonprofit Audits in Fiscal Year 2017

Every tax-exempt and nonprofit organization must place a high priority on complying with applicable federal and state tax laws. The IRS devotes substantial resources examining nonprofits to ensure tax compliance. The IRS recently released its Tax Exempt and Government Entities Work Plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. In this document, the IRS discussed its priorities for FY 2017.

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