Posted by taxguru on October 17, 2016
Today, October 17, is the expiration of the automatic six month extensions that were filed with IRS and the States back in April. While most people have been able to get their tax returns in by now, many have not. For those folks, it’s not as serious a situation as it may seem, as I explained earlier today in this email exchange with a client.
From the client:
Subject: Extension for personal taxes
We are still dealing with S’s medical issues and have not been able to finish getting all the information together for our personal taxes. Would you be able to file another extension for us?
IRS no longer has a form to request additional time to file after the first six month extension expires.
Late penalties are based on the amount of taxes due with the return. Nothing due, no penalty.
If you do end up owing money, IRS & DFA will waive the late penalties for Reasonable Cause. The most common Reasonable Cause that is acceptable justification for late filing is health problems of the taxpayers and/or their family. As cold-hearted as their reputation is, IRS is actually very compassionate when it comes to waiving late penalties due to health and medical situations.
So, you should focus on getting S well and then worry about your 2015 tax returns.
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Posted by taxguru on March 16, 2016
The long streak of IRS charging 3.0% on back taxes will end on April 1, 2016, when it bumps up to 4.0%.
The “good” part of this change is that IRS will also be paying 4.0% interest to taxpayers on refunds from such things as amended tax returns. That’s a heck of a lot higher than banks are paying on savings accounts.
Interest Rates for the Second Quarter of 2016
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Posted by taxguru on September 13, 2015
While I have dealt with several clients over the past 40 years who have relocated between States in order to reduce their tax burdens, a growing strategy is with those who are actually choosing to leave the USA entirely, as described in this article.
Expatriates choosing to leave the U.S. rather than pay taxes
Depending on the results of the 2016 elections, we could easily see an even larger increase in the number of people taking this step rather than continue to be fiscally raped by short-sighted Rulers who see no problem in squeezing their Golden Geese until they can no longer exist. Atlas Shrugs.
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Posted by taxguru on September 11, 2015
With the dumbing down of our nation’s kids and almost non-existent teaching of American history in public schools, I doubt that very many people recall learning about the infamous 1773 Boston Tea Party, where the colonists protested new taxes on tea
It’s all too rare nowadays when citizens of this country actually take a stand and don’t just bend over and let their supposed Rulers stick another new tax up their rear ends.
I hope the action taken by this group in Chicago are followed all over the nation to at least slow down the growth of Big Brother taxes.
Chicago sued over ‘amusement tax’ on streaming services Netflix, Spotify
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Posted by taxguru on January 26, 2015
Obama’s Blues for the Middle Class: Let’s Tax Withdrawals From 529 College Savings Accounts
Obama’s Tax Hikes on “The Rich” Would Slam the Middle Class
This is another example of how our rulers in DC have no qualms about willy-nilly changing the tax laws and breaking promises of tax breaks. Some of you long term readers may recall how I was one of the few tax pros advising against people converting traditional IRAs to Roths and paying actual taxes now for promised future tax free withdrawals. I warned, just as with similar broken promises with Social Security benefits, our insane rulers in DC have a history of breaking these kinds of promises. I still believe that they will come up with some kind of “means testing” where anyone earning over a certain amount will be ineligible for tax free Roth withdrawals. That’s what they did with Social Security benefits.
Hopefully, the GOP Congress will prevent this kind of change to 529 plans for education; but this shows that it is in the realm of possibility.
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Posted by taxguru on January 11, 2015
I refuse to refer to this law as the name our insane rulers in DC gave it, ACA. Over the decades, the bozos in DC have named several laws opposite to their actual details, such as pretty much any “Tax Simplification” act. This one takes the prize for most oxymoronic title, as anyone who has been paying attention can attest. The least likely result of this ridiculous legislation will be anything more affordable. Quite the opposite is a certainty.
New IRS Explanations
21 pages of Obamacare tax instructions, IRS demands ‘shared responsibility payment’ – The 21 pages are in IRS’s Publication 5187, which can be downloaded here or from IRS’s special page on ObamaCare Tax Provisions.
The New Penalty For Not Having Proper Insurance
Another rude Obamacare surprise awaits
ObamaCare fines rising in 2015, IRS prepares to collect
I Warned You About Your Tax Refund – Rush Limbaugh once again explains a most likely temporary loophole in the penalty; it can only be taken from refunds and not forced to be paid of there is no refund.
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Posted by taxguru on January 2, 2015
Another great parody from National Report.
California Implements Nations First ‘Fat Tax’
This is the kind of thing our nanny-state rulers will most certainly be proposing in the near future. It covers two main priorities of the Left; more money for the government and more control over everyone’s personal lives.
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Posted by taxguru on December 23, 2014
As many people had predicted, our imperial rulers in DC have finally passed an extension of many of the deductions that had expired as of December 31, 2013. This extension is retroactive to January 1, 2014 and expires on December 31, 2014.
To show what a bunch of morons we have ruling us from their thrones in DC, they could have very easily helped us avoid this kind of uncertainty next year by making those deductions permanent or at least adding another year to their effective time, such as expiring on December 31, 2015. But they had to continue their reign of incompetence and force us to go through another year wondering whether or not these things will be deductible.
Here are links to some good summaries of the items included in the tax extender bill.
The TaxBook (5 page PDF)
The one item that I am most interested in is the Section 179 first year expensing election for newly acquired business equipment. After four years with a maximum sec. 179 deduction of $500,000 per tax return, it dropped down to just $25,000 as of January 1, 2014. Now, with this newly passed extenders bill, it goes back up to $500,000 for all of 2014 and then drops down to $25,000 as of January 1, 2015.
While this is a great thing for businesses that want to take this deduction, it illustrates how difficult it is to run a business and make plans for any time in the future. Most well run businesses do make multi-year plans for their capital expenditures, such as the purchase of new equipment. The amount of the allowable Section 179 deduction is a key factor in that kind of decision making. Not knowing from year to year if the maximum deduction will be $25,000 or $500,000 is a very large item of uncertainty that makes any realistic planning extremely difficult.
It’s been obvious that certain factions in our governing elite in DC love making businesses deal with this kind of uncertainty because it would be so easy to remove or at least reduce that. They could make the $500,000 a permanent part of the law or at least keep it the same for five or ten years at a time. They want to keep it an annual guessing game because it gives them more power over businesses and extorts more campaign contributions (formerly known as bribes) from their owners.
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Posted by taxguru on July 22, 2014
Gene Simmons Defends the 1 Percent, Claims Half of Americans Pay No Taxes: ‘Try Being Nice to Rich People’ – I wish more successful people would speak up and be proud of their achievements and fight back against those who want to confiscate their hard earned wealth and redistribute it in exchange for votes. With a greater and greater percentage of our society on the government teat (aka stealing other people’s money), it’s become politically incorrect to publicly state that you want to keep what you have earned.
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Posted by taxguru on June 10, 2014
In an obvious attempt to counter the negative publicity IRS has received for using its massive destructive powers to harass political opposition to the HBO Regime, they have announced their own Bill of Rights to make us all feel safe and secure from any IRS abuses.
IRS Press Release
The Official Taxpayer Bill of Rights webpage.
As with the real Bill of Rights, there are ten items in the IRS’s.
The Right to Be Informed
The Right to Quality Service
The Right to Pay No More than the Correct Amount of Tax
The Right to Challenge the IRS’s Position and Be Heard
The Right to Appeal an IRS Decision in an Independent Forum
The Right to Finality
The Right to Privacy
The Right to Confidentiality
The Right to Retain Representation
The Right to a Fair and Just Tax System
What is so ironic is the attempt by IRS to promote its own Bill of Rights at the same time as the 1791 Bill of Rights is being dismantled by the DemonRats with no defense from the wimps in the GOP.
While a list of feel-good bromides and platitudes may appear to offer protection for us taxpayers, who will enforce it and punish those in the IRS who violate it? Lois Lerner and her gang of organized criminals within the IRS and the BHO Regime have had no repercussions for their actions.
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