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I messed up my 2016 federal tax form and asked for assistance

Q) I messed up my 2016 federal tax form and asked for assistance from the local IRS people. They told me to go to a $200-$500 tax adviser. I guess paying too much tax ain’t their concern.

A) According to the IRS: You can fix mistakes or omissions on your tax return by filing an amended tax return. If you need to file one, these tips can help.

Must be filed on paper. Use Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, to correct your tax return. It can’t be e-filed. You can get the form on IRS.gov/forms at any time. See the Form 1040X instructions for the address where you should mail your form.

Amend to correct errors. File an amended tax return to correct errors or make changes to your original tax return. For example, you should amend to change your filing status, or to correct your income, deductions or credits.

Don’t amend for math errors, missing forms. You normally don’t need to file an amended return to correct math errors on your original return. The IRS will automatically correct those for you. Also, do not file an amended return if you forgot to attach tax forms, such as a Form W-2 or a schedule. The IRS will mail you a request for them in most cases.

Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement, errors. Some taxpayers may receive a second Form 1095-A because the information on their initial form was incorrect or incomplete. If you filed a 2015 tax return based on the initial Form 1095-A and claimed the premium tax credit using incorrect information from either the federally-facilitated or a state-based Health Insurance Marketplace, you should determine the effect the changes to your form might have on your return. Comparing the two Forms 1095-A can help you assess whether you should file an amended tax return, Form 1040X.

Three-year time limit. You usually have three years from the date you filed your original tax return to file Form 1040X to claim a refund. You can file it within two years from the date you paid the tax, if that date is later. That means the last day for most people to file a 2012 claim for a refund is April 18, 2016 (April 19 for taxpayers in Maine and Massachusetts). See the Form 1040X instructions for special rules that apply to some claims.

Separate forms for each year. If you are amending more than one tax return, prepare a 1040X for each year. You should mail each year in separate envelopes. Note the tax year of the return you are amending at the top of Form 1040X. Check the form’s instructions for where to mail your return.

Attach other forms with changes. If you use other IRS forms or schedules to make changes, make sure to attach them to your Form 1040X.

When to file for corrected refund. If you are due a refund from your original return, wait to get it before filing Form 1040X to claim an additional refund. Amended returns take up to 16 weeks to process.

Pay additional tax. If you owe more tax, file your Form 1040X and pay the tax as soon as you can to avoid possible penalties and interest from being added to your account. Use IRS Direct Pay to pay your tax directly from your checking or savings account. Source https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/amending-your-tax-return-ten-tips

I am trying to figure out who has been claiming my child and getting eic for her

Q) I am trying to figure out who has been claiming my child and getting eic for her A) According to the IRS ..… suspect or know of an individual or a business that is not complying with the tax laws on issues such as: False Exemptions or DeductionsKickbacksFalse/Altered DocumentFailure to Pay TaxUnreported IncomeOrganized CrimeFailure to WithholdContinue Reading

 We bought our home in 2000 for $60,500. We sold it in July for $60,000. How do I put this on my income tax return for 2018?

Q) We bought our home in 2000 for $60,500. We sold it this last July for $60,000. How do I put this on my income tax return for 2018? A) Most people use the Schedule D form to report capital gains and losses that result from the sale or trade of certain property during the year. As ofContinue Reading

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145 Responses to Click to Tell Us Your Experience At Your Local Tax Office

  1. According to the IRS website you can review your current tax repayment plan:

    Reviewing a Payment Plan
    You can view details of your current payment plan (type of agreement, due dates, and amount you need to pay) by logging into the Online Payment Agreement tool using the Apply/Revise button below.

    What You Can Change Using the Online Payment Agreement Tool
    If your existing payment plan is not paid through a Direct Debit, you can use the Online Payment Agreement tool to make the following changes:

    Change your monthly payment amount
    Change your monthly payment due date
    Convert an existing agreement to a Direct Debit agreement
    Reinstate after default
    You can log into the Online Payment Agreement tool using the Apply/Revise button below.

    If your payment plan is paid through Direct Debit, you must contact us to make a change.

    How To Revise an Online Payment Plan
    Log in to the Online Payment Agreement tool using the Apply/Revise button below. On the first page, you can revise your current plan type, payment date, and amount. Then submit your changes.

    If your new monthly payment amount does not meet the requirements, you will be prompted to revise the payment amount. If you are unable to make the minimum required payment amount, you will receive directions for completing a Form 433-F Collection Information Statement (PDF) and how to submit it.

    If your plan has lapsed through default and is being reinstated, you may incur a reinstatement fee.
    https://www.irs.gov/payments/online-payment-agreement-application

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Husband and Wife Business – What is a Qualified Joint Venture?

On May 25, 2007 the Small Business and Work Opportunity Tax Act of 2007 was signed into law and affect changes to the treatment  of qualified joint ventures of married couples not treated as partnerships. The provision is effective for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2006. The provision generally permits a qualified joint venture whoseContinue Reading

How do I find out if some one cashed my refund check?

Q) How do I find out if some one cashed my refund check? A) If you need to know whether your federal tax refund check has been cashed, you can initiate a trace on your refund by using one of the following methods: You can use the “Where’s My Refund?” system available through the IRS website. You can callContinue Reading

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How Do I Make My Quarterly Payments?

Estimated tax is the method used to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes and income tax, because you do not have an employer withholding these taxes for you. Form 1040-ES, Estimated Tax for Individuals (PDF), is used to figure these taxes. Form 1040-ES contains a worksheet that is similar to Form 1040. You will need your priorContinue Reading

How do I sign my tax return when I (e-filing) using online filing software?

Q)  How do I sign my tax return when I e-file using online filing software? A) According to the IRS  – You sign your tax return using the Self-Select PIN method.  The Self-Select PIN method allows taxpayers to electronically sign their individual income tax return by selecting a five-digit personal identification number (PIN).  The PIN is anyContinue Reading

Sole Proprietorships

A sole proprietor is someone who owns an unincorporated business by himself or herself. However, if you are the sole member of a domestic limited liability company (LLC), you are not a sole proprietor if you elect to treat the LLC as a corporation.

How do I request a non-filing verification letter?

Q) How do I request a non-filing verification letter? A) An IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter – provides proof that the IRS has no record of a filed Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ for the year you requested. Non Tax filers can request an IRS Verification of Non-filing of their 2015 tax return status, free of charge,Continue Reading

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What are My Self-Employed Tax Obligations?

As a self-employed individual, generally you are required to file an annual return and pay estimated tax quarterly. Self-employed individuals generally must pay self-employment tax (SE tax) as well as income tax. SE tax is a Social Security and Medicare tax primarily for individuals who work for themselves. It is similar to the Social SecurityContinue Reading

What happens if I file my IRS taxes late?

According to the IRS – April 15 is the annual deadline for most people to file their federal income tax return and pay any taxes they owe. By law, the IRS may assess penalties to taxpayers for both failing to file a tax return and for failing to pay taxes they owe by the deadline.Continue Reading

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S Corporations

S corporations are corporations that elect to pass corporate income, losses, deductions and credit through to their shareholders for federal tax purposes. Shareholders of S corporations report the flow-through of income and losses on their personal tax returns and are assessed tax at their individual income tax rates. This allows S corporations to avoid doubleContinue Reading

I am trying to figure out who has been claiming my child and getting eic for her

Q) I am trying to figure out who has been claiming my child and getting eic for her A) According to the IRS ..… suspect or know of an individual or a business that is not complying with the tax laws on issues such as: False Exemptions or DeductionsKickbacksFalse/Altered DocumentFailure to Pay TaxUnreported IncomeOrganized CrimeFailure to WithholdContinue Reading