Health Insurance Tax Breaks for the Self-Employed

If you’re self-employed and paying for medical, dental or long-term care insurance, the IRS wants to remind you about a special tax deduction for some insurance premiums paid for you, your spouse, and your dependents. Starting in tax year 2011, this deduction is no longer allowed on Schedule SE (Form 1040), but you can still take it on Form 1040, line 29. You must be one of the following to qualify: A … [Read more...]

More Time to Contribute to IRAs in 2012

You have two extra days this year to make contributions to your Individual Retirement Arrangements. That’s because April 15 falls on a weekend and Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the District of Columbia, will be observed on Monday, April 16. That means the due date for filing your tax return and making contributions to your 2011 IRA is Tuesday, April 17. Here are the top 10 things the IRS wants you to know … [Read more...]

Payroll Tax Cut Extended to the End of 2012

The IRS released revised Form 941 enabling employers to properly report the newly-extended payroll tax cut benefiting nearly 160 million workers. Under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, workers will continue to receive larger paychecks for the rest of this year based on a lower social security tax withholding rate of 4.2 percent, which is two percentage points less than the 6.2 percent rate … [Read more...]

Deadline Extended to April 17

The Internal Revenue Service opened the 2012 tax filing season by announcing that taxpayers have until April 17 to file their tax returns. Taxpayers will have until Tuesday, April 17, to file their 2011 tax returns and pay any tax due because April 15 falls on a Sunday, and Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in the District of Columbia, falls this year on Monday, April 16. According to federal law, District of … [Read more...]

Do I Need to File a Tax Return This Year?

You are required to file a federal income tax return if your income is above a certain level, which varies depending on your filing status, age and the type of income you receive. However, some people should file even if they aren’t required to because they may get a refund if they had taxes withheld or they may qualify for refundable credits. Even if you don’t have to file for 2011, here are six reasons why you … [Read more...]

2012 Standard Mileage Rates

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2012, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 55.5 cents per mile for business miles driven 23 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations The rate for business miles driven is unchanged from the mid-year adjustment that became effective on July 1, 2011. The … [Read more...]

In 2012, Many Tax Benefits Increase Due to Inflation Adjustments

For tax year 2012, personal exemptions and standard deductions will rise and tax brackets will widen due to inflation, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. By law, the dollar amounts for a variety of tax provisions, affecting virtually every taxpayer, must be revised each year to keep pace with inflation. New dollar amounts affecting 2012 returns, filed by most taxpayers in early 2013, include the … [Read more...]

TIP: Financially Distressed Taxpayers

If you are facing financial difficulties and struggling to meet your tax obligations the IRS can help. As the tax filing season begins, in addition to new credits, deductions and exclusions, the IRS is taking steps to help people who owe back taxes. Here are some areas where IRS can help: • Added Flexibility for Missed Payments: The IRS is allowing more flexibility for individuals with existing Installment … [Read more...]

TIP: Summer Day Camp Expenses May Qualify for a Tax Credit

Along with the lazy, hazy days of summer come some extra expenses, including summer day camp. But, the IRS has some good news for parents: those added expenses may help you qualify for a tax credit. Many parents who work or are looking for work must arrange for care of their children under 13 years of age during the school vacation. Here are five facts the IRS wants you to know about a tax credit available for … [Read more...]

Small Business FAQ

Question:   If I, a sole proprietor, pay personal expenses out of my business bank account, should I count the money used as part of my income? Can I write these expenses off? Answer:    You would include the money used to pay personal expenses in your business income when it was earned by your business. You would not write off these expenses because they are not ordinary and necessary costs of carrying … [Read more...]