Courtesy of IRS If you are adopting a child in 2011, the Internal Revenue Service encourages you to familiarize yourself with the adoption tax credit. The Affordable Care Act increased the amount of the credit and made it refundable, which means it can increase the amount of your refund.
Dear Family, You’ve heard the old Chinese (or is it Jewish) curse – may you live in interesting times! This week, I am. One of the things I write about in the very first chapter of Small Business Taxes Made Easy is failing because of success. It’s a warning to business-owners to make provisions […]
Dear Family, The first bit of news this morning was that Jack Kevorkian has died. What a bold, amazing man he was, campaigning for the right to assisted suicide. Of course, none of the obituaries I’ve seen answer the question that’s on everyone’s mind. Did Jack get an assist? It’s been a busy week […]
Dear Family, Happy Mothers Day weekend. Rather than going to crowded, noisy, over-priced places with bad service on Sunday, consider having everyone go to Mom’s and bring the food and dishes. She won’t have to cook or clean up – and you’ll all have a better time. Good news for taxpayers like you, and all […]
Courtesy of IRS Now that the federal income tax filing deadline is in your rear-view mirror, what happens after you file? A lot of taxpayers have post tax-filing questions such as what records do I keep and more importantly, “Where’s my Refund?” The IRS has answers for you below.
Dear Family, This morning has been filled with last-minute work, finalizing articles for MarketWatch and the AccountingWeb.com blog, responding to students and clients – and messing with interface for the newsletter (I could scream!) And the time has rushed by. I need to run out for appointments, so today’s issue will be brief. We have […]
Dear Family, The morning is just zipping along. I keep checking to see if the government has come to a budget agreement yet. But, we just wrapped up the WSJ Digital Tax Show without an agreement in sight. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean you have extra time to file your tax return. Nope. You’re still going […]
Dear Family, Happy April Fool’s Day! This morning I read a CNN story about a family with a $54,000 tax refund. The H&R Block office was apparently so surprised that they repeatedly recomputed the tax return to see if there was a mistake. There wasn’t. And this is not an April Fool’s Prank! It turns […]
Dear Family, What a shock! My publisher just sent me a note congratulating me. My book just won the Silver Medal in the Axiom Business Book Awards – Business Reference Category. WOW! I didn’t even know. Sheesh…you mean all those people who’ve been reading the book and using it – are right? It IS good? […]
Dear Family, Happy Valentine’s Day weekend. Are you doing something romantic? We sneaked off and took our romantic weekend last month. I found a winery resort in Temecula where each guest room is a separate villa. They are so popular, they’ll be adding another hundred or so this year. What’s your favorite romantic getaway? (Just […]
Courtesy of IRS See the Video: IRS2Go: English WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today unveiled IRS2Go, its first smartphone application that lets taxpayers check on their status of their tax refund and obtain helpful tax information. “This new smart phone app reflects our commitment to modernizing the agency and engaging taxpayers where they want when they […]