IRS Tax Tip 2019-97, July 23, 2019 Tax planning should happen all year long, not just when someone is filing their tax return. An important part of tax planning is recordkeeping. Well-organized records make it easier for a taxpayer to prepare their tax return. It can also help provide answers if a taxpayer’s return is … Continued

Why single parents could be missing out on a tax-saving opportunity CNBC If you’re planning on shedding weight in 2019 — in the form of your soon-to-be ex — be sure you understand this tax-planning benefit. Why the “head of household” status is another battleground for divorcing couples. Darla Mercado | @darla_mercado Published 2:07 PM ET … Continued

Most taxes can’t be eliminated in bankruptcy, but some can. Updated By Kathleen Michon, Attorney You may hear radio commercials offering the hope of eliminating tax debts in bankruptcy. But it’s not as simple as it sounds. Most tax debts can’t be wiped out in bankruptcy — you’ll continue to owe them at the end of a Chapter … Continued

By Bill Bischoff, MarketWatch Almost all of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) changes that will affect individual taxpayers kick in starting with their 2018 Form 1040. Here are the 10 changes that are most likely to affect your return. Lower Individual Rates Much bigger standard deductions but no more personal and dependent exemptions. New … Continued

~ Dan Caplinger (TMFGalagan) Find out how middle-income taxpayers will benefit from tax reform — in most cases. Tax time is nearly upon us, and for once, taxpayers are actually looking forward to filing their 2018 returns. That’s because tax reform laws took effect for the 2018 tax year, and so people are naturally curious … Continued

~ Robert W. Wood, Contributor Although most Forms 1099 arrive in January, some companies issue the forms throughout the year when they issue checks. Whenever the forms come, don’t ignore them. Each form includes your Social Security number. If you don’t include the reported item on your tax return, bells go off at the IRS. … Continued

~ Kari Paul, reporter for MarketWatch If the IRS is going to contact you, they’ll initiate contact with a paper letter in the mail, an IRS spokesperson confirmed to MarketWatch. The IRS will only call you in rare circumstances. “Tax season is prime phishing season for cybercriminals,” said Atif Mushtaq, chief executive officer of Pleasanton, … Continued

By ROGER A. YOUNG, CFP®, Senior Financial Planner | T. Rowe Price January 31, 2019 The way you withdraw money in retirement can affect the next generation’s tax burden. Sometimes it’s best to go against conventional wisdom when it comes to when to tap taxable, tax-deferred and tax-free retirement savings. So, you’ve planned well enough … Continued

What the Odds Are That Your Tax Return Will Be Audited, and What to Do If It Is Overall, the odds are reassuring. The vast majority (99%, in fact) of individual income tax returns skate safely past the IRS audit machine. Better news: The 1-in-100 chance of being called on the carpet really overstates the … Continued