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The IRS doesn't accept the anti-tax arguments

Do those living in the United States, including Massachusetts residents, have to pay federal income taxes if owed? Do they even have to file federal income tax returns at all? Some people would say that the answer to these questions is no. They believe submitting those forms each year and paying taxes is voluntary, but -- and no surprise here -- the IRS does not agree.

Failing to consider the IRS in retirement could cost dearly

Most people who retire do so within a budget. Like numerous others across the country, many Massachusetts residents begin planning for their retirement as soon as they can, but that could be at different stages of their lives, so the budgets will be different. One mistake many people make when doing their planning is how the IRS will treat those precious funds.

Will the IRS accept returns with certain tax breaks for 2019?

With all the changes to the Internal Revenue Code that took effect in the 2018 tax year, it may not surprise Boston residents that more changes could come for 2019. Not all tax breaks survive through to another year, and this year may be no exception. As the country enters the fourth quarter of the year, some people may already be looking to taking advantage of as many tax breaks as possible when they file their returns with the IRS.

Massachusetts and the IRS treat Social Security differently

After working for decades, many people can begin drawing Social Security benefits. While it would make sense for these benefits not to be taxed, the IRS still classifies them as taxable income. Fortunately, the state of Massachusetts is among 37 states who believe recipients are entitled to keep as much of this money as possible.

There is another IRS deadline Boston residents might need to meet

Depending on their professions, certain Boston residents may need to keep track of more than one date to pay their taxes. Independent contractors, investors, business owners and those with side jobs may be on a different payment schedule with the IRS. They may need to make quarterly tax payments in order to stay off the agency's radar.

How does the IRS treat sexual harassment settlements?

No one should have to put up with sexual harassment. Massachusetts residents who experience this unseemly treatment have the right to lodge a complaint with their employers. In some cases, victims receive financial settlements in exchange for not pursuing the matter any further. What they need to take into consideration is how the IRS treats these types of settlements in order to plan for the tax ramifications.

IRS offers a one-time waiver of penalty for 2018 tax year

There was always a delicate balance between keeping enough income during the year and avoiding owing taxes. Many people here in Massachusetts and across the country got hit with unexpected bills for the 2018 tax year because they did not realize they needed to make adjustments in order to account for the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Due to this, the IRS decided to waive the usual underpayment penalty for some individuals.

It may surprise you to find out who isn't paying the IRS

Many Boston residents are under the impression that the vast majority of people not paying taxes are rich or receiving government benefits. The general consensus is that these are the people who "cheat" the system and avoid paying the IRS. Well, it may surprise some people to learn that a large number of the nearly 44%, down from 47%, of people who do not always pay income taxes are far from rich or are not receiving government benefits.

Another change from the IRS is coming for the 2019 tax year

Beginning with the 2018 tax season, taxpayers here in Massachusetts and across the country began encountering the changes in the Internal Revenue Code. This involved more than just the elimination of exemptions and deductions, and the increase in the standard deduction. The IRS also changed various forms.

The IRS has a new tax form for those over age 65 for 2019

After spending a lifetime working and preparing for retirement, people over the age of 65 -- here in Massachusetts and elsewhere -- often end up living on fixed incomes and others continue to work well after this birthday. Even so, many of them must still pay taxes on the income they do receive. The IRS recognizes their need to retain as much of their income as possible, so for the 2019 tax year, people within this age bracket can use a new tax form.

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