The Internal Revenue Service is not known for making things easy on taxpayers. This is certainly true when it comes to same-sex couples who need to file taxes in Massachusetts. The reason the problem is so confusing for many is that the federal government does not yet recognize same-sex marriages or civil unions. And this lack of recognition applies to the IRS as well.
As many Massachusetts residents know, it can be easy to make a mistake on your tax forms. Not only are the forms difficult to comprehend, but the rules for tax deductions are changing frequently as well. However, one Florida woman received a letter from the IRS regarding her tax return that people in Massachusetts and elsewhere may find interesting.
If you are found guilty of evading federal taxes, the chances of facing prison time are high. At least that is what one U.S. District judge from Massachusetts said in a recent case. He sentenced a New Hampshire man to one year in federal prison for conspiracy to defraud the government through the evasion of income taxes. The defendant was also fined $7,500 and ordered to pay restitution to the government of more than $178,000 for the tax evasion.
An Internal Revenue Service (IRS) investigation is a daunting experience and it can be maddening when identity theft is at the core of the problem.. Identity theft is usually accomplished by someone assuming the identity of another for the purpose of obtaining credit or some other financial benefit. But what happens when, rather than applying for a credit card, the thief uses the identifying information to get a job? When income taxes are not paid on the amount earned, the victim can expect a visit from the IRS.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is not an agency that is liked by most. But when the IRS revises its rules to clearly benefit the taxpayers, one has to give the agency credit where credit is due. And credit is due, because two months ago, the IRS made a surprise but very welcome announcement.
Running a business is difficult. There are a lot of things to remember, such as; payroll, ordering supplies, paying utilities and most importantly, paying your taxes. As a Massachusetts consumer, when you purchase an item in a store or order food in a restaurant, the money collected by the business for taxes is to be paid on a regular basis, often quarterly, to the state.
The IRS and federal government are concerned about the "tax gap," defined as the difference between what a particular taxpayer pays the IRS each year and what he or she should pay. Some estimates calculate the tax gap to be as much as $300 billion dollars annually. The debt crisis has shown the need to close loopholes in the tax code and elsewhere as a means of realizing revenue. To address this, recent laws now require filers in Massachusetts and across the country to report foreign financial assets which exceed $50,000.
The First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit is a dream come true for individuals planning to purchase their very first residential property. The credit is designed to provide tax relief to people taking their first step on the housing ladder. It is such an appealing prize, apparently, that it drove two Boston brothers to commit tax crimes to obtain more tax credits than they were entitled to.
For the majority of Americans, tax season brings about a sense of urgency and feelings of stress. Once your tax return is completed, however, it can often feel like a relief. That is, unless a mistake has occurred. Finding a mistake on a tax return may leave you wondering what to do and where to turn next. Through The Wall Street Journal, a Massachusetts expert offered some advice recently on how to avoid a serious situation that could lead to an audit, fines and even charges of tax evasion.