Archive for the ‘Tax Filing’ Category

An Easier Way to Report Capital Gains

February 27, 2015

Taxation of InvestorsIf you have more than a few sales of stocks, mutual funds or other investments to report on your tax return, you may want to be aware of a recent change in IRS requirements for reporting these transactions.

details: Easier Capital Gains Reporting

TurboTax Apology

January 24, 2015
By Kaye A. Thomas

Form 1040Beginning last year, Intuit began disabling key features in some of its TurboTax offerings so users would have to upgrade to more expensive versions. The change rolled out a year ago to people who prepared returns online, and this year it also affects those who buy the software for installation on their computers (CD or download). For some reason, last year’s change in the online version didn’t cause much of a stir, but the angry response to this year’s follow-on change in the installed version has been widely reported, including in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

Intuit has responded with an apology for not doing enough to communicate this change. The company offers no apology, however, for the underlying strategy of forcing users to migrate to more expensive products. The TurboTax apology comes with a rebate offer, but one that won’t fully compensate for the difference in cost, and won’t be available to all affected customers.


Guide to Free Tax Filing

January 22, 2015


You can pay less than this

Psst! You don’t have to pay for tax software or filing services! Even if you don’t meet the requirements of the IRS Free File program (which we review with all its warts), you may be able to prepare and file your tax return free of charge through other offerings.

details: Free Tax Filing

Nonqualified Options? Don’t Ask the IRS

January 12, 2015

Compensation in stock and optionsWe recently added some material on how to report sales of stock you acquire by exercising a nonqualified option. In the course of doing that we took a look at what the IRS has to say on the subject. Not much, it turns out — and some of what they say isn’t accurate.

details: The Sorry State of IRS Guidance on Nonqualified Options

Eager to File?

December 29, 2014

Filing your taxesCountdown to tax season: The IRS has announced that it will begin accepting electronic returns, and begin processing paper returns, January 20.

IRS Announces Tax Season Start Date

December 22, 2013

Filing your taxesThe IRS has announced that it will begin accepting 2013 income tax returns on January 31, 2014. Here’s what’s strange about that particular date.


Free Efile for Extension

April 9, 2013

If you can’t file by April 15, you should be aware that it’s easier than ever to file for a six-month extension. You can have a tax pro do it for you, or use tax software, but if push comes to shove you can file your federal extension online, free of charge, without regard to your income level. The IRS explains how to do this here.

  • Do this even if you owe money and can’t pay at this time. Filing for an extension doesn’t get you out of the late payment penalty, but it gets you out of the much worse late filing penalty — if you follow up by filing the return by October 15.

IRS Now Accepting All Returns

March 5, 2013

The IRS has announced that forms previously on hold for reprogramming due to late changes in the tax law will now be accepted.

IRS Tool for Homebuyer Credit

March 3, 2013

A few years ago, to stimulate the housing market Congress created a special credit for certain people buying homes. It was called the first-time homebuyer credit, although it wasn’t strictly limited to people who had never owned a home. The first version of the credit was really an interest-free loan made through the tax system: qualified taxpayers received the credit in the year they bought the home but had to repay it through “recapture” of the credit over a number of years. If you claimed this version of the credit and are unsure where you stand in terms of repaying it, the IRS has a new tool on its website where you can look up this information. (Taxpayers who used the revised version of this credit do not have to repay it.)

link: First Time Homebuyer Credit Account Look-up

Forbes Quotes Fairmark

February 15, 2013

Forbes quotes us in this article about estimated tax concerns of high-income taxpayers following the tax increases that took effect as of 2013.

more info: Free online guide to estimated tax payments

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