Common IRS Letters and Notices

In IRS Tax Help by Daniel Friedel

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 …

IRS Audits and Letters…AUGH, what does this mean?!

In IRS Tax Help by Daniel Friedel

If you just received a letter from the IRS, you may be freaking out and envisioning the IRS breaking down your door – swat team in tow – to raid your house for valuables to satisfy your tax debt.  Before you shred the letter in hopes it will magically disappear forever, take a moment to educate yourself on what’s going …

The Dreaded IRS Audit: Will Your 2010 Tax Return Get Flagged for an Audit?

In Tax Planning by Daniel Friedel

With “Tax Day” right around the corner, most people are scrambling to put together and file their 2010 tax return before April 18, 2011 (yes, the IRS has graciously provided us a few extra days this year).   Accordingly, I have put together some information and pointers to help you decrease your chances of having the IRS audit your return. “Red …

Last Chance for 2010 Retirement Investment Planning

In Estate Planning by Daniel Friedel

There are still a few weeks left to take advantage of tax-saving opportunities for 2010 retirement planning.  2010 is a great year to implement or    modify your retirement investments.  The expanded availability of Roth IRAs, coupled with preferential income recognition opportunities for rollovers and other changes making regular IRAs more attractive, provide a savings incentive for retirement planning.   Below is …

November Elections and Your Taxes…The Possibilities are on the Table

In Florida Tax Issues, Tax Planning by Daniel Friedel

With the results of the November elections still looming, taxpayers are left with an uncertain tax future as Bush’s tax cuts remain in a state of uncertainty.  Although legislative action to extend or modify the Bush-era taxes seem non-existent, the President still refuses to throw tax reform out the window. With a month and a half left before our tax …

Florida Tax Issues for Voters – November 2010 Elections

In Florida Tax Issues, Tax Planning by Daniel Friedel

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 …

Cuba…The Next Overseas Tax Haven?

In Tax Planning by Daniel Friedel

Cuba Announces New ‘Small Business Friendly’ Tax Code Cuba yesterday announced a new tax code that it claimed was friendlier for small business, as thegovernment struggles to build a larger private sector within the state-run economy. Hmmm…maybe Castro is trying to capitalize on US’s uncertain tax future…

Will You Pay Higher Taxes in 2011?

In Tax Planning by Daniel Friedel

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 Daniel Friedel

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 …