Category Archives: IRS News

More than 2 million ITINs to expire this year; Renew soon to avoid refund delays

   IRS YouTube Videos: Individual Taxpayer Identification Number – English | Spanish | ASL WASHINGTON — With more than 2 million Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) set to expire at the end of 2018, the Internal Revenue Service today urged affected taxpayers to submit their renewal applications soon to beat the rush and avoid refund delays next year. In the third […]

Highlights of Federal Tax Issues in June 2018

Today TaxMama® wants to update you on key tax issues that affect you this year.  

VCSP – Employer Amnesty for Mis-Classifying Employees

You can no longer get away with treating employees as freelancers. There are too many ways for your employees to turn you in to authorities. Or, to get a tax break and pay only their half of the self-employment taxes – they MUST turn you in. Before they do that, come clean with the IRS. […]

Last Minute Payments

NEWS FLASH!   Don’t panic. Breathe – you get one more day #TaxDay  – because the IRS system was down today http://www.cpapracticeadvisor.com/news/12408362/irs-adds-one-day-to-tax-deadline-now-april-18-2018 Today is the tax return (or extension) filing deadline. The IRS’ entire electronic system is  DOWN! Keep an eye on this page to see when it goes back up. Meanwhile, you cannot efile your […]

Not Filing Prior Years – Wasting Refunds

Today TaxMama® hears from C in the TaxQuips forum. She has an all-too common problem. “I have a tax return that I completed but did not mail off from 2013, I know you have to process your taxes within 3 years, is there any way to mail off this 2013 tax return and get my […]

Switching from Employee Status to Independent Contractor

Today TaxMama® wants to give you something to think about before switching from employee status to independent contractor.  

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 – Tax Extenders Passed Today

Last week, I promised you that the Legislature would pass an extender bill by spring. Well, good news! They didn’t wait that long. They included most of the provisions of  S. 2256 in today’s budget bill. Alas, Congress only extended them for the short-term. All the extenders are retroactive to January 1, 2017. But the […]

Introduction to the Trump Tax Plan

Today TaxMama® wishes you a Happy New Year, and brings you some basics about how the Trump Tax Plan will affect this filing season.

The Postcard Filing – a Naïve, Misguided Fantasy

  https://waysandmeans.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/WM_postcardprint_110117.pdf     The good news. President Trump Congress keeps telling you that taxpayers will be able to file on a postcard. The bad news? Look at lines 3, 10, 11, and 12. Your government is naïve. While this may be wish-fulfillment, it has no basis in practical reality. It should be a required […]

2018 Mileage Rates

News Flash:   IRS just released 2018 mileage rates:    54.5 cents for every mile of business travel driven, up 1 cent from the rate for 2017. 18 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, up 1 cent from the rate for 2017. 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations. […]