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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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 I have not received my W-2, I need to notify IRS. My employer is ignoring my requests. WHAT DO I DO?

Q) I have not received my W-2 from my previous employer. I contacted the home office via email mid February. Last week all I received was a copy of the health insurance coverage I paid. I have called the IRS 800-829-1040 number multiple times with long waiting and never about to speak to anyone. I attemptedContinue Reading

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What can I do if someone has filed a tax return using my social security number?

Q) What can I do if someone has filed a tax return using my social security number? A) According to the IRS: The IRS has security measures in place to verify the accuracy of tax returns and the validity of social security numbers submitted. If you receive a notice from the IRS that leads you toContinue Reading

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How can I check the status of my amended return?

Q) How can I check the status of my amended return? A) You can check the status of your Form 1040X (PDF), Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, using the “Where’s My Amended Return?” (WMAR) online tool or the toll-free telephone number 866-464-2050 three weeks after you file your amended return.  Both tools are available in English and Spanish andContinue Reading

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Can I receive a tax refund if I am currently making tax payments on prior years?

Q) Can I receive a tax refund if I am currently making tax payments on prior years? A) According to the IRS: No.  As a condition of your installment agreement, any refund due to you in a future year will be applied against the amount that you owe. The IRS will automatically apply the refund to theContinue Reading

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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

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

My wife and I both need to apply for replacement Social Security cards – ours are misplaced or lost?

Q) My wife and I both need to apply for replacement Social Security cards – ours are misplaced or lost? I also need to get my 2013 IRS W2 posted. I have a copy from my employer for the SSA. How do we go about accomplishing both of these tasks? Thanks! A) According to the Social SecurityContinue 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

Do I need to change my maiden name on my Social Security card to file jointly?

Q) Do I need to change my maiden name on my Social Security card to file jointly? A) According to the IRS: No. You can still file “Married Filing Jointly” without changing your name with the Social Security Administration. Make sure that the name shown on your Social Security card matches the name you use on yourContinue Reading

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How do partnerships file and pay quarterly estimated tax payments?

Q) How do partnerships file and pay quarterly estimated tax payments? A) According to the IRS: Partnerships file Form 1065 (PDF), U.S. Return of Partnership Income, to report income and expenses. A partnership does not pay tax on its income but “passes through” any profits or losses to its partners.  Generally, the partnership is required to prepare and give partners a ScheduleContinue Reading

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

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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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

Filed taxes feb.12,2013 for 2012 still have not received them online

Q) Filed taxes feb.12,2013 for 2012 still have not received them.online it says they are being processed it’s been 9 months when I call IRS on hold for ever to hear them say they can’t tell me why, DON’T UNDERSTAND WOULD AMEMDED TAXES HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT, THANK YOU A) Recommend that you visitContinue Reading

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

How will I know if IRS received my tax return and it’s being processed?

Q) How will I know if IRS received my tax return and it’s being processed? A) According to the IRS – You can use the Where’s My Refund? tool to follow your tax return from receipt to issuance of your refund. While your tax return is being processed you can follow it through three stages: Return Received,Refund Approved and Refund Sent.

I made a mistake on my federal return already filed. What should I do?

Q)  I made a mistake on my federal return already filed. What should I do? A)  According to the IRS: It depends on the type of mistake that you made: Many mathematical errors are caught in the processing of the tax return itself so you may not need to correct these mistakes. If you did notContinue Reading

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Can we file our return electronically (e-filing)?

Q) Can we file our return electronically (e-filing)? A) According to the IRS – Yes, you can file electronically (e-filing) using any filing status. The limitations are: It must be your original individual return (not an amended return), and You cannot have already filed a return. Filing your return electronically is faster, safer, and more accurate than mailingContinue Reading

My husband won 14,000.00 at casino..Can he claim all the losing lotto tickets … to wash out taxes?

Q) My husband won 14,000.00 at casino in Delaware we live in Md. Can he claim all the losing lotto tickets he has lost this year to wash out taxes owed for this 14,000.00 winning. Also what is the tax percentage to Maryland and Federal for tax withholding on this amount. A) According o TurboTax.comContinue Reading

I am 78 yrs old, I have a ROTH IRA and plan to cash it out, will this be considered an income?

Q) I am 78 yrs old, I have a ROTH IRA and plan to cash it out, will this be considered an income, subject to tax. Will it increase my gross income and bump me to the next taxable bracket? A) Please discuss this with your tax accountant. In general you can withdraw contributions youContinue Reading

Should self-employment taxes be paid quarterly or yearly?

Q) Should self-employment taxes be paid quarterly or yearly? A) According to the IRS: If you are required to make estimated tax payments, the self-employment tax is paid by making quarterly estimated tax payments which include both income tax and social security tax.  

Will calling the IRS help me get my tax refund any faster?

Q) Will calling the IRS help me get my tax refund any faster? A) According the the IRS: Calling the IRS will not speed up your refund. Our phone and walk-in representatives can only research the status of your refund if it has been 21 days or more since you filed electronically, more than 6 weeks since youContinue Reading

How do I turn a employee in for not holding out taxes

Q) How do I turn a employee in for not holding out taxes A) According to the IRS – Employees who do not have taxes withheld nor remit them personally, are still liable for these taxes and may not qualify for Social Security, Medicare, or unemployment benefits. Employees who are concerned that their employer isContinue Reading

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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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 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

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)

What is the phone number for the IRS so I may talk to someone

Q) What is the phone number for the IRS so I may talk to someone A) IRS Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time, unless otherwise noted. Residents of Alaska and Hawaii follow Pacific time. Puerto Rico phone lines are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time. Individuals:Continue Reading

do I have to claim a child as a dependent to qualify as head of household?

Q) do I have to claim a child as a dependent to qualify as head of household? A) According to the IRS: In certain circumstances, you do not have to claim the child as a dependent to qualify for head of household filing status; for example, a custodial parent may be able to claim head of household filingContinue Reading

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