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How would I obtain a private letter ruling?

Tax_questionQ) 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.

A request for a letter ruling, including the applicable user fee should be sent pursuant to the instructions in Revenue Procedure 2014-1, section 7.  See also Revenue Procedure 2014-1, Appendix A for a schedule of current user fees.




 

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  1. According to the IRS – Some tax returns take longer to process than others for many reasons, including when a return:

    Includes errors
    Is incomplete
    Is affected by identity theft or fraud
    Includes a claim filed for an Earned Income Tax Credit or an Additional Child Tax Credit. See Q&A below.
    Includes a Form 8379, Injured Spouse Allocation, which could take up to 14 weeks to process
    Needs further review in general
    We will contact you by mail when we need more information to process your return. https://www.irs.gov/refunds/tax-season-refund-frequently-asked-questions

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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

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

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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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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I did not file my 2016 taxes.. how can i file without W2?

Q) I did not file my 2016 taxes due to not ever being able to get my W2 from a company how can i file that if i don’t have the information. A) You can use Form 4852 and your last paystub to file income taxes. Failing that, you can use IRS Form 4852 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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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

How Do I Claim Earned Income Tax Credit?

Q) How Do I Claim Earned Income Tax Credit? A) According to the IRS –  You need to file a tax return to claim Earned Income Tax Credit. Find out how—documents you need, common errors to watch for, the consequences of filing an Earned Income Tax Credit return with an error, how to get help preparing your returnContinue Reading

I need transcripts from irs confirming my recent filing of my back tax years. 2008, 2012, 13, 14, & 15. How do i get these?

Q) I need transcripts from irs confirming my recent filing of my back tax years. 2008, 2012, 13, 14, & 15. How do i get these? A) According to the IRS: You can get a transcript by mail to view your tax account transactions or line-by-line tax return information for a specific tax year. The method youContinue 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

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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I filed my taxes on time using TaxACT….the system can’t find my payment or tax record…will it cause a problem?

Q) I filed my taxes on time using TaxACT. I also paid part of what I owe using the IRS Payment system. I went to make more payments and the system can’t find my payment or tax record. I do not recall seeing a declined message for my federal return. If I submit it again onlineContinue Reading

I did my taxes 3/23/19 and I still haven’t received my refund yet

Q) Hi my name is John B***** I did my taxes 3/23/19 and I still haven’t received my refund yet it’s been 4 month now I just want to know when I will receive my refund. A) If you filed your tax return at least eight weeks ago, call the IRS tax refund hotline atContinue 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

Can you request a copy of a previous tax return at a local IRS location?

Q) Can you request a copy of a previous tax return at a local IRS location or does the official form have to be submitted and mailed off? A) According to the IRS website. Taxpayers who need certain prior year tax return information can obtain it from the IRS. Here are nine things to know ifContinue Reading

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 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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How spouses earn Social Security benefits

A spouse is considered an employee if there is an employer/employee type of relationship, i.e., the first spouse substantially controls the business in terms of management decisions and the second spouse is under the direction and control of the first spouse. If such a relationship exists, then the second spouse is an employee subject toContinue Reading

Who is a qualifying child for Earned Income Tax Credit?

Q) Who is a qualifying child for Earned Income Tax Credit? A) According the to IRS – Your child is a qualifying child if your child meets all of the following tests: Age Relationship Residency Joint Return Age Your child must meet one of the following: Be under age 19 at the end of the year and youngerContinue 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 got a notice that i owe the IRS money from 2008 and I was incarcerated. Who do I talk to about this ?

Q) I got a notice that i owe the IRS money from 2008 and I was incarcerated and never filed my taxes or worked….. Who do I talk to about this ? 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 HawaiiContinue 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

Can I get copies of my prior year Forms W-2 from the IRS

Q)  Can I get copies of my prior year Forms W-2 from the IRS A) According to the IRS: The quickest way to obtain a copy of a prior year Form W-2 is through your employer.  If that is not possible: You can order copies of your entire return (attachments include Form W-2) from the IRS forContinue Reading

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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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My bank won’t cash my return because my husband is (Deceased)

Q) My tax refund direct deposit was denied because they couldn’t find an account number to match and I received a paper check paid to the order of my deceased husband & myself. My bank won’t cash it unless I receive another check from the government stating paid to the order of my husband (Deceased) &Continue 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)

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

 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.

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