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  1. Because the IRS processes the first return it receives, if another person claims your dependent first, the IRS will reject your return. The IRS won’t tell you who claimed your dependent. But if you don’t suspect anyone who could have claimed the dependent, your dependent may be a victim of tax identity theft. You’ll need to take some steps to protect your right to claim the dependent and your refund if you don’t think that the other person was eligible to claim your dependent. First, double check that you meet all of the requirements to claim the dependent.

    The IRS may delay your refund while the IRS looks into the issue, but you should still receive your refund. File a paper return. Note that when you file a paper return, it can take six to eight weeks for the IRS to process. This includes things like birth certificates and proof of identity, but also documents that show that your dependent lived with you at the same address for more than half of the year. This doesn’t mean that you can’t correct the situation. Don’t panic. The most important thing to remember is to prove with proper documentation that you are entitled to claim the dependent. Document your case as the IRS rules for claiming a dependent can get complicated.

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not yet received the rest of my federal refund .. over 5000$

Q) I received a letter saying that i hadn’t filed my 2013 and 2015 returns. They put the amounts owed for each year and said not to do anything if i agreed with the amounts they would apply them to my 2018 tax return on may 8th 2019. However its almost July and ive notContinue Reading

How do I qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit?

Q) How do I qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit? A) According to the IRS – EITC, the Earned Income Tax Credit, sometimes called EIC is a tax credit to help you keep more of what you earned. To qualify, you must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if you do not oweContinue Reading

Must I use a Joint account for my deposit if I am filing jointly?

Q) Must I use a Joint account for my deposit if I am filing jointly? A) You can ask the IRS to direct deposit a refund from a jointly filed return into your account, your spouse’s account, or a joint account.  However, state and financial institution rules can vary, and you should first verify that yourContinue Reading

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How Do I File My Annual Return?

To file your annual tax return, you will need to use Schedule C (PDF) or Schedule C-EZ (PDF) to report your income or loss from a business you operated or a profession you practiced as a sole proprietor. Schedule C Instructions (PDF) may be helpful in filling out this form. Small businesses and statutory employees with expenses of $5,000 or lessContinue Reading

I won $1,358 online in May of 2017. To this day no check sent. They sent me a 2017 1099-misc. Please advise me.

Q) I won $1,358 online at a bingo site back in May of 2017. They zeroed out my account to process the winnings in mid June 2017 but to this date they still have not sent out the check or paid me. they sent me a 2017 1099-misc. I have repeatedly emailed them that they needContinue Reading

 I filed for 2016 & was on the Apple plan & did not know I would receive a tax form for it.

Q) I filed for 2016 & was on the Apple plan & did not know I would receive a tax form for it. I have moved from where I was living after I filed & you are supposed to be on the plan for 6 or more months of the year you are filling for. WellContinue Reading

I still did not get my tax refund from 2018.

Q) I still did not get my tax refund from 2018. Why is it so hard to get my tax back? Whenever I call they just told me to wait and wait. Please I need urgent help. A) According to the IRS – Some tax returns take longer to process than others for many reasons,Continue 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

I have a IRS payment plan..can’t afford to pay my plan at this time

Q) I have a payment plan with you I have had my hours cut at work and I can’t afford to pay my plan at this time.I don’t know what to do next. A) According to the IRS website you can review your current tax repayment plan. Reviewing a Payment Plan You can view detailsContinue Reading

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 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

I forgot to include my 1099R forms, what should I do?

Q) I forgot to include my 1099R forms when I sent in my paper claim, what should I do? A) Since you have already mailed the return, just hang on to them until the IRS receives your return. They will contact you if they need those. They only request them if they have tax withholdingsContinue Reading

I have seven Children can i claim them all on my taxes

Q) I have seven Children can i claim them all on my taxes A) There is no maximum amount of dependents you’re allowed to claim on your tax return. You can claim all dependents who are qualified child dependents according to IRS rules. Consider it a token of appreciation for supporting the ever-increasing costs of diapers,Continue Reading

I claim my daughter as a dependent, she is in college can she claim her own personal exemption.

Q) I claim my daughter as a dependent, she is in college can she claim her own personal exemption. A) According the IRS; If you can claim an exemption for your daughter as a dependent on your income tax return, she cannot claim her own personal exemption on her income tax return. If an individual is filingContinue Reading

IRS denied my EITC last year, but I qualify this year, what should I do?

Q) IRS denied my Earned Income Tax Credit  last year, but I qualify this year, what should I do? A) According to the IRS – If IRS denied or reduced your EITC for any year after 1996 for any reason other than a math or clerical error, you must qualify to claim the credit by meeting allContinue Reading

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)

Is an S corporation required to pay quarterly estimated tax?

Q) Is an S corporation required to pay quarterly estimated tax? A) According to the IRS: Sometimes an S corporation must make estimated tax payments. An S corporation must make installment payments of estimated tax if the total of the following taxes is $500 or more: The tax on built-in gains, The excess net passive-incomeContinue Reading

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filed my taxes and was rejected,, someone had already claimed my grandson..

Q) I have had custody of my grandson for 7 years and I tried to file my taxes at h&r block and they where rejected said that someone had already claimed my grandson I need to know how I can fix them and find out who claimed him A) The IRS processes the first returnContinue Reading

Been trying to get “return transcript” for year ended 12/31/15

Q) Been trying to get “return transcript” for year ended 12/31/15 to apply for financial aid for daughter’s college. Efiled 12/31/15 return in late Feb., recd refund in mid-March. Irs.gov is telling me i) tax year 2015 cannot be ordered and ii) address does not match their records. I’ve been living at same address forContinue Reading

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What is a split refund?

Q) What is a split refund? A) The IRS allows your refund to be split. A split refund lets you divide your refund, in any proportion you want, and direct deposit the funds into up to three different accounts with U.S. financial institutions. To allocate a split refund. you should use Form 8888 (PDF), Allocation of Refund, to request to haveContinue Reading

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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

 I received a letter from the IRS. They say I owe $21,000 in taxes. I can’t pay this and I don’t know what to expect. Any advice would be appreciate

Q) I received a letter from the IRS. They say I owe $21,000 in taxes and penalties. I can’t pay this and I don’t know what to expect. Any advice would be appreciated. A) Recommend you call the Tax Relief Hotline at 888-769-8983 for assistance.

Do I have to pay taxes on my social security benefits?

Q) Do I have to pay taxes on my social security benefits? A) According to the IRS: Social security benefits include monthly retirement, survivor, and disability benefits. They do not include supplemental security income (SSI) payments, which are not taxable. The amount of social security benefits that must be included on your income tax return and usedContinue Reading

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I am trying to request tax transcripts for school but I can’t seem to get it.

Q) Hi there my name is Bryanna and I am trying to request tax transcripts for school but I can’t seem to get a hold of anyone by phone or the website. When I call the local office I am told to get the transcripts online. What can I do? Can I go to theContinue Reading

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Why is my refund different than the amount expected on tax return I filed?

Q) Why is my refund different than the amount expected on tax return I filed? A) According to the IRS – If you owe past-due federal tax, state income tax, state unemployment compensation debts, child support, spousal support, or certain federal nontax debts, such as student loans, all or part of your refund may be used (offset)Continue Reading

Is an S corporation required to pay quarterly estimated tax?

Q) Is an S corporation required to pay quarterly estimated tax? A) According to the IRS: Sometimes an S corporation must make estimated tax payments. An S corporation must make installment payments of estimated tax if the total of the following taxes is $500 or more: The tax on built-in gains, The excess net passive-incomeContinue Reading

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I made a mistake and got more refund than I should. What should I do?

Q) I made a mistake and got more refund than I should. What do I do? A) According to the IRS: Many mistakes are corrected in processing and a letter of explanation is mailed at the time the refund is issued. If the mistake was not corrected in processing, you need to: File an amended or correctedContinue Reading

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What are the penalties for filing and paying my taxes late?

Q) What are the penalties for filing and paying my taxes late? A) According to the IRS, Interest is compounded daily and charged on any unpaid tax from the due date of the return (without regard to any extension of time to file) until the date of payment. The interest rate is the federal short-term rate plusContinue Reading

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