WASHINGTON – The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some seniors and others who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment.
Who is eligible for the economic impact payment? Tax filers with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns will receive the full payment. For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount is reduced by $5 for each $100 above the $75,000/$150,000 thresholds. Single filers with income exceeding $99,000 and $198,000 for joint filers with no children are not eligible.
Taxpayers and tax professionals who call the IRS will be asked to verify their identities.. Being prepared before a call or visit can save taxpayers time by avoiding having to make multiple calls.
Before calling, taxpayers and tax professionals should instead consider using IRS.gov to access resources like the IRS Service Guide to get faster answers to their tax questions.
If a taxpayer decides to call, they should know that IRS phone assistors take great care to only discuss personal information with the taxpayer or someone the taxpayer authorizes to speak on their behalf. To make sure that taxpayers do not have to call back, the IRS reminds taxpayers to have the following information ready: Continue reading →
Tax Reform Basics for Employers This presentation includes information on the Employer Credit for Paid Family and Medical Leave, Employee Achievement Awards, Qualified Transportation Fringe Benefits and more.
Owners of heavy highway vehicles should mark Aug. 31 on their calendars. That’s the deadline to file Form 2290, Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return. Just few days left to get it done, choose efile this time as it would be the best option to report at the last minute. Here are some things that these vehicle owners should know about this form:
The highway use tax applies to highway heavy motor vehicles with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more, termed as Taxable Heavy Vehicles.
The weight limit generally includes large trucks, truck tractors and buses.
The tax is based on the weight of the vehicle and a variety of special rules apply. These special rules are explained in the instructions to Form 2290.
Taxpayers may now pay the heavy highway vehicle use tax with a debit card or credit card. Payment can be made over the internet, phone or mobile device. Also EFW – Direct Debit and EFTPS are available for them to choose from.
Vehicle owners must file returns and make tax payments by August 31, 2018, for vehicles used on the road during July.
All owners should consider filing and paying electronically. They don’t need to visit an IRS office because owners can file the form and pay any required tax. IRS.gov has a list of approved e-file providers for Form 2290 on the 2290 e-file partner’s page.
Generally, e-filers receive their IRS-stamped Schedule 1 electronically minutes after filing. They can then print the Schedule 1 and provide it to their state department of motor vehicles, without visiting an IRS office.
For those who want face-to-face service, all IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers now operate by appointment and taxpayers can call 844-545-5640 to schedule one.
In a recent update from IRS, there is an announcement about a new website to help taxpayers to understand the tax reforms and this release itself is tagged as IRS Tax Reform Tax Tip…
IRS Tax Reform Tax Tip 2018-132, Dated, August 23, 2018
With an updated tax reform section and frequent updates, the IRS website should be the first stop for taxpayers looking for information about how tax reform legislation – the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – affects their taxes. Here are some facts about these new easy-to-read, easy-to-use pages and what taxpayers can find on them: Continue reading →
IRS in its recent tax tip issue (Issue Number: IRS Tax Tip 2018-51) highlighted how the Members of the Military and their Families can get free tax assistance. Here we go…
The IRS offers free tax help to members of the military and their families through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. A VITA site is easy to find on or off base — even overseas.
The Armed Forces Tax Council directs the military tax programs worldwide. Military VITA-certified employees receive training on military tax issues, including tax benefits for service in a combat zone. They can help with special extensionsof time to file tax returns and pay taxes, or with special rules that apply to the Earned Income Tax Credit. Continue reading →