Missed the 2010 Tax Return Filing Deadline?

In Common Tax Questions, IRS Tax Help, Tax Planning by Sarah E. Martello

If you missed the April 18th deadline to file your 2010 Tax Return, it’s not too late.  While you consider whether it’s worth the hassle to file your late return, here’s some things to keep in mind: PENALTIES AND INTEREST.  For every day your tax return is late, filing penalties, payment penalties, and interest will incur on any tax you …

Tax Day Countdown Q & A

In IRS Tax Help, Tax Planning by Sarah E. Martello

QUESTION: I Know My Tax Return is Due, but I Cannot Pay the Taxes…Should I Still File on Time? ANSWER: YES, YES, and YES! Even though you will not be able to pay the full amount of your taxes when you file your Income Tax Return, you should still file on time to prevent the 5% per month Late Filing …

Common IRS Letters and Notices

In IRS Tax Help by Sarah E. Martello

IRS Letter 525: General 30 Day Letter. This is a notice from the IRS informing you of potential mistakes concerning items on your tax return. These errors may be mathematical or clerical errors in preparing your tax return. This letter is accompanied by a report including the computations of their proposed adjustments. If you agree with the proposed adjustments, then …

Florida Tax Issues for Voters – November 2010 Elections

In Florida Tax Issues, Tax Planning by Sarah E. Martello

With just over a week left before Election Day, I encourage voters to become more acquainted with the candidates and issues they will be confronted with on the ballot.  Because most ballot initiatives are written in what resembles either a foreign language or horrific grammatical capabilities, I’ve compiled a brief synopsis of the tax issues that will be presented to …

Will You Pay Higher Taxes in 2011?

In Tax Planning by Sarah E. Martello

Lack of congressional action on 2011 income taxes may force the Treasury Department to make unprecedented moves to prevent U.S. workers from seeing large tax increases in their January paychecks. The issue: 2011 tax-withholding tables. Treasury officials usually release the tables, which determine the take-home pay of millions of wage-earners, by mid-November because it takes payroll processors weeks to adjust …

IRS Incorrectly Records 73,000+ Purchase Dates for Taxpayers Claiming the First-Time Homebuyer Credit

In Tax Planning by Sarah E. Martello

Those of you lucky enough to take advantage of the First-Time Hombuyer Tax Credit might be getting a not-so-lucky tax assessment.  Somehow the IRS managed to record the wrong purchase date for 73,000+ homebuyers cashing in on the credit. This IRS screw-up could be costly for the unfortunate taxpayers affected.  When the First-Time Homebuyer’s Tax Credit appeared in 2008, it …

Asbestos, Acutane, Vioxx, Paxil Settlement? You may need a Tax Attorney!

In Tax Planning by Sarah E. Martello

We have all seen the ads for asbestos exposure and “bad” prescription drugs… “have you or someone you know taken the drug Acutane… if so, you may be entitled to cash compensation… call 1800-bad-drug…” So what are the tax consequences of receiving compensation for your damages? Well, it depends… Some damages and settlement proceeds are tax exempt under IRC § …