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

Tax_questionQ) 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 used to calculate your income tax liability depends on the total amount of your income and benefits for the taxable year.

To find out whether any of your benefits may be taxable, compare the base amount for your filing status with the total of:

  • One-half of your benefits.
  • All of your other income, including tax-exempt interest.

The base amount for your filing status is shown next:

  • $25,000 if you are single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er),
  • $25,000 if you are married filing separately and lived apart from your spouse for the entire year,
  • $32,000 if you are married filing jointly.
  • $-0- if you are married filing separately and live with your spouse at any time during the tax year.

If you are married and file a joint return, you and your spouse must combine your incomes and social security benefits when figuring the taxable portion of your benefits.  Even if your spouse did not receive any benefits, you must add your spouse’s income to yours when figuring if any of your benefits are taxable, if you file a joint return.




 

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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

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

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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

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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What is a Partnership?

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Where can I write to have 2018 forms sent to me?

Q) Where can I write to have 2018 forms sent to me? A) According to the IRS Website:The Internal Revenue Service has free tax forms and publications on a wide variety of topics. Due to the continued growth in electronic filing, the availability of free options to taxpayers and efforts to reduce costs; the IRSContinue Reading

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

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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 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 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 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 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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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 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 anContinue Reading

Can I pay my state taxes that I owe at the IRS office or a state office and not mail it in or go online?

Q) Can I pay my state taxes that I owe at the IRS office or a state office and not mail it in or go online. I want to pay it at an office in person if able is there one located in ft. Smith,AR or close to that area. A) According to the IRS: If youContinue Reading

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

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i need help getting my ip pin so can file my taxes how should i go about rhat

Q) i need help getting my ip pin so can file my taxes how should i go about rhat A) According to the IRS website: How to retrieve your IP PIN online You may use our Get an IP PIN online tool to retrieve your current IP PIN. We require you to register and verify your identityContinue Reading

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When should I file for an extension if I need more time.

Q) When should I file for an extension if I need more time. A) According the the IRS: U.S. citizens and resident aliens who file calendar year returns are required to file a tax return by April 15.  However, taxpayers who are overseas on the due date receive an automatic extension of two months (generallyContinue Reading

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Is there an age limit on claiming my child as a dependent?

Q) Is there an age limit on claiming my child as a dependent? A) To be claimed as your dependent, your child must meet the qualifying child test or the qualifying relative test.  To meet the qualifying child test, your child must be younger than you and, as of the end of the calendar year, eitherContinue 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 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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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

I don’t owe taxes. Can I file electronically (e-filing) after April 15?

Q)  I don’t owe taxes. Can I file electronically (e-filing) after April 15? A) According to the IRS- Electronically (e-filing) filed tax returns are accepted until November 23. If April 15 does not fall on a weekend or legal holiday, you must file Form 4868 (PDF), Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, on orContinue Reading

If you receive a letter or notice from the IRS

If you receive a letter or notice from the IRS, it will explain the reason for the correspondence and provide instructions. Many of these letters and notices can be dealt with simply, without having to call or visit an IRS office. The notice you receive covers a very specific issue about your account or taxContinue Reading

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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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

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

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How can I correct the spelling of my name with the IRS?

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I have not yet received my refund $5,171. I was told by H R Block that I didn’t owe

Q) I have a problem I filed my taxes February 14 2019 it’s now December 27 2019 I have not yet received my refund $5,171. I was told by H R Block that I didn’t owe and should not run into any problems I guess they were wrong. So with all due respect could 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