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People should be on the lookout for identity theft involving unemployment benefits

Taxpayers whose identities may have been used by thieves to steal unemployment benefits to file a tax return claiming only the income they actually received. Some taxpayers applied for and received unemployment compensation from their state. By law, unemployment benefits are taxable. Scammers also took advantage of the pandemic by filing fraudulent claims for unemployment […]

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Taxpayers should beware of ghost preparers

As people begin to file their 2020 tax returns, taxpayers are reminded to avoid unethical ghost tax return preparers. A ghost preparer is someone who doesn’t sign tax returns they prepare. Unscrupulous ghost preparers often print the return and have the taxpayer to sign and mail it to the IRS. For e-filed returns, the ghost […]

As required by law, all first and second Economic Impact Payments issued; eligible people can claim Recovery Rebate Credit

The IRS announced today that, as required by law, all legally permitted first and second round of Economic Impact Payments have been issued and the IRS now turns its full attention to the 2021 filing season. Most people who are eligible for the Recovery Rebate Credit have already received it, in advance, in these two […]

What taxpayers need to know about claiming the credit for other dependents

Taxpayers with dependents who don’t qualify for the child tax credit may be able to claim the credit for other dependents. The maximum credit amount is $500 for each dependent who meets certain conditions. These include: Dependents who are age 17 or older. Dependents who have individual taxpayer identification numbers. Dependent parents or other qualifying […]

Guidance to taxpayers on identity theft involving unemployment benefits

The Internal Revenue Service today urged taxpayers who receive Forms 1099-G for unemployment benefits they did not actually get because of identity theft to contact their appropriate state agency for a corrected form. States issue Forms 1099-G to the taxpayer and to the IRS to report what taxable income, such as refunds or unemployment benefits, […]

All taxpayers now eligible for Identity Protection PINs

The Internal Revenue Service today expanded the Identity Protection PIN Opt-In Program to all taxpayers who can verify their identities. The Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) is a six-digit code known only to the taxpayer and to the IRS. It helps prevent identity thieves from filing fraudulent tax returns using a taxpayers’ personally identifiable information. […]

New things taxpayers should consider as you get ready to file taxes in 2021

New things taxpayers should consider as you get ready to file taxes in 2021 Here are some new key things people should consider when filing their 2020 tax return: 1. Recovery rebate credit: If you did not receive Economic Impact Payment in 2020 2. Single and received less than $1200 3. Married, filing jointly for […]

National Tax Security Awareness Week opens with warnings

The Internal Revenue Service and the Security Summit today issued warnings to all taxpayers to beware of scams and identity theft schemes by criminals taking advantage of the combination of holiday shopping, the approaching tax season and coronavirus concerns. The holiday shopping season combined with the impending tax season and an increased trend toward working […]

How the CARES Act changes deducting charitable contributions

Previously, charitable contributions could only be deducted if taxpayers itemized their deductions. However, taxpayers who don’t itemize deductions may take a charitable deduction of up to $300 for cash contributions made in 2020 to qualifying organizations. The law changed in his area due to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. The CARES Act […]