Category Archives: Penalties

Payroll Deposits

Today TaxMama® hears from Donna in the TaxQuips Forum with this running argument. “Our debate concerns a client whose payroll taxes for the current and previous quarters well exceeded $2,500. The client is a monthly depositor and did not make a timely deposit for the last month in the quarter. The deposit amount due for […]

Contributed and Quit

Today TaxMama® hears from Sergey in the TaxQuips Forum, with this problem. “I started a new job with a 401k plan this year; but I had to quit after a few months. I accumulated some money in my 401k with this organization; and I want to take that money out now. Am I subject to […]

Clarification of the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program for Employers

Clarification of the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program for employers (Form 8952) IRS introduced this last year, and I explored how this could affect employers, and whether or not this is a good idea – or an audit trap. [See MarketWatch article.] The VCSP is for business employers , governments and exempt organizations, who have been […]

EFiling on Tax Day

Today TaxMama® wants to give you a very last minute tax tip if you’re efiling your tax returns on the very last day of tax season.  

IRS Offers New Penalty Relief and Expanded Installment Agreements

Courtesy of the IRS IRS Offers New Penalty Relief and Expanded Installment Agreements to Taxpayers under Expanded Fresh Start Initiative WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced a major expansion of its “Fresh Start” initiative to help struggling taxpayers by taking steps to provide new penalty relief to the unemployed and making Installment Agreements available […]

Moved out Too Soon

Today TaxMama® hears from Elisa in the TaxQuips Forum with this question. “I purchased a home in 2009 getting a first-time homebuyers credit. I lived in it for 1 year.  I moved to be closer to work and am renting an apartment. I have been renting my house out since July 2010.  How will me […]

Taxes Affecting Credit Score

Today TaxMama hears from Monte in the TaxQuips Forum who asked one last question. “Will my unfiled tax return and tax debt affect my credit?”  

IRS Offers Filing and Penalty Relief for 2010 Estates

Courtesy of the IRS [TaxMama Note: As you will see, the form you need, Form 8939, is still in draft form. We still cannot use it. Perhaps that’s why IRS is offering this additional time?  And no, they still don’t say when the form will be available. Basis Form Now Due Jan. 17; Extension to […]

Another Deadline

Today TaxMama wants to talk to you about filing deadlines and the consequences of ignoring them.  Dear Friends, Today is another of those tiresome deadlines. I’ve just come to realize that not everyone who is affected, understands the implications. So… If you opened up an LLC, partnership, corporation, etc. in 2010 and have not finalized […]

Putting Life on Hold

  Today TaxMama hears from Kris in the TaxQuips Forum, with a long story. Let me summarize. Her boyfriend is behind on filing personal and payroll tax returns. He tried to get help from an accountant who may have overcharged him, and did not complete the work because he couldn’t pay the bill. They want […]

Three Tips for Employers Outsourcing Their Payroll

Courtesy of IRS Outsourcing payroll duties to third-party service providers can streamline business operations, but the IRS reminds employers that they are ultimately responsible for paying federal tax liabilities. Recent prosecutions of individuals and companies who – acting under the guise of a payroll service provider – have stolen funds intended for payment of employment […]

Penalty for Late Filing

  Today TaxMama hears from Debbie in the TaxQuips Forum with this concern. “I just filed for 2009.  I am qualified for refunds from both the fed and the state.  Will I be penalized for late filing if I DO NOT owe any taxes?”