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Do we take the standard deduction for our house interest payments or do we take 20% of the actual tax amount paid

Q) We live in Grand junction Colorado and bought a house here. We have a mcc a mortgage credit certificate that says we can deduct 20% from our interest paid on our first mortgage. The interest paid is less than the standard deduction. Do we take the standard deduction or do we take 20% of theContinue Reading

I have a question on the tax side of splitting up house proceeds from basically an inheritance (actually from property gifted to 4 siblings

Q) I have a question on the tax side of splitting up house proceeds from basically an inheritance (actually from property gifted to 4 siblings by the last wife of the father of those siblings after his death). Basically, this “inheritance” to 4 siblings involved preparing the property for sale, and really only 1 of theContinue Reading

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Self-employment tax

Self-employment tax is a tax consisting of Social Security and Medicare taxes primarily for individuals who work for themselves. It is similar to the Social Security and Medicare taxes withheld from the pay of most wage earners. You figure self-employment tax (SE tax) yourself using Schedule SE (Form 1040). Social Security and Medicare taxes ofContinue Reading

One spouse employed by another

If your spouse is your employee, not your partner, you must pay Social Security and Medicare taxes for him or her. The wages for the services of an individual who works for his or her spouse in a trade or business are subject to income tax withholding and Social Security and Medicare taxes, but notContinue Reading

Limited Liability Company (LLC)

A Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a business structure allowed by state statute. Each state may use different regulations, and you should check with your state if you are interested in starting a Limited Liability Company. Owners of an LLC are called members. Most states do not restrict ownership, and so members may include individuals,Continue 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

How do I know if I have to file quarterly individual estimated tax payments?

Q) How do I know if I have to file quarterly individual estimated tax payments? A) According to the IRS: You must make estimated tax payments for the current tax year if both of the following apply: You expect to owe at least $1,000 in tax for the current tax year, after subtracting your withholding and refundable credits. YouContinue Reading

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

How would I obtain a private letter ruling?

Q) How would I obtain a private letter ruling? A) According to the IRS: The procedures and user fees for obtaining a letter ruling are published annually in the first revenue procedure of each calendar year. The current procedures are in Revenue Procedure 2014-1 which can be found in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2014-1. The Revenue Procedure and the Internal RevenueContinue Reading

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I lost my refund check. How do I get a new one?

Q) I lost my refund check. How do I get a new one? A) According to the IRS: If you have lost your refund check, there are several options available to initiate a refund trace on your behalf. You can use the “Where’s My Refund?” system available through the IRS website. You can call the IRS toll-free number atContinue Reading

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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

How much does an student have to make before filing income tax return?

Q) How much does an student have to make before filing income tax return? A) According to the IRS: If you are an unmarried dependent student, you must file a tax return if your earned and/or unearned income exceeds certain limits. To find these limits refer to Dependents under Who Must File, in Publication 501, Exemptions, Standard Deduction and Filing Information.Continue Reading

How would I obtain a private letter ruling?

Q) How would I obtain a private letter ruling? A) According to the IRS: The procedures and user fees for obtaining a letter ruling are published annually in the first revenue procedure of each calendar year. The current procedures are in Revenue Procedure 2014-1 which can be found in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2014-1. The Revenue Procedure and the Internal RevenueContinue Reading

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Who is Self-Employed?

Generally, you are self-employed if any of the following apply to you. You carry on a trade or business as a sole proprietor or an independent contractor. You are a member of a partnership that carries on a trade or business. You are otherwise in business for yourself (including a part-time business)

Limited Liability Company (LLC)

A Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a business structure allowed by state statute. Each state may use different regulations, and you should check with your state if you are interested in starting a Limited Liability Company. Owners of an LLC are called members. Most states do not restrict ownership, and so members may include individuals,Continue Reading