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The Advantage of Tax Software and How to Get It
Tax is most often the bane of all profits. There are those who forget to pay their taxes and suddenly find themselves prosecuted. Tax has a way of creeping up on you. However, we all need to pay taxes, do we not? Tax is just one of those little irritations that we all must learn to live with. One irritating thing about tax, though, is the computation. Computing how much tax you owe can be a complicated task. Some people think that they are paying...

Honda Natural Gas Cars Issued Massive Tax Credits By IRS
Between global warming and massive increases in fuel prices, many people are reconsidering their transportation. Honda has two natural gas cars the IRS absolutely loves. Honda Natural Gas Cars Issued Massive Tax Credits By IRS In 2005, the federal government passed a new energy policy act that created tax benefits for the use of alternative fuel vehicles. Most people are generally aware of this given the fact they get a tax credit break when they...

Fraudulent Tax Shelters ? KMPG Goes Down Hard
In the largest criminal tax case ever filed, KMPG has copped a plea to using fraudulent tax shelters to bilk the government out of 2.5 billion dollars. KMPG has agreed to pay a fine of $456 million dollars, but nine of its executives still are under indictment. Son of Boss Tax Shelters From 1996 to 2003, KMPG promoted a tax strategy known as the Son of Boss. This shelter was used to create phony tax losses that could be claimed by wealth indi...

How Tax Deductions Work
Many people know that the interest paid on a mortgage is deductible on their income taxes. But they don't understand how it really works. When you understand the way a tax deduction works, you should be able to estimate the amount of tax relief you would receive from owning your own home and paying a mortgage. First, you need to know what is deductible. In many cases, homeowners are allowed to deduct the amount of mortgage interest paid from thei...

Tax Issues for Self-Employed Individuals
The United States is a nation of entrepreneurs. There are literally tens of millions of self-employed individuals that enjoy pursuing their dream business. Of course, few of you enjoy the paperwork and confusing tax issues that arise from owning your own business. Many self-employed individuals are considered "sole proprietors" or "independent contractors" for legal and tax purposes. This is true regardless of whether you are turning a hobby into...

Top 7 Reasons To File Your Income Tax Returns On Time
Here are seven reasons for not being late filing your income tax returns. 1. Avoid Late Filing Penalties Late filing can result in substantial and continuing penalties. This is in addition to any interest that is due. 2. Receive Better Service from Your Accountant The earlier you get your paperwork to your accountant, the sooner he can start preparing your tax returns. More importantly, there will be more opportunities to explore and implement ...

Tax Deduction ? Meal Per Diems
Per Diems deduction can be one of the best flight attendant deductions. This deduction depends on which city you layover in. The IRS states that you can either itemize each city you fly to or you may take a standard rate. If you fly domestic, this standard rate can work to your advantage. We are seeing a nice jump in them minimum about in 2006. Previous the base rate was $31 a day for meals and incidentals; in 2006 the base rate has jumped to &...

Tax Deductions for Home Businesses
For most home business owners, tax deductions may be the key that can help put a little extra cash back into their pocket. Tax deductions vary from business to business but it is worth your time to familiarize yourself with some of these common tax deductions. First, determine if you qualify for a home business tax deduction. A home office is generally defined as a place where you meet with clients, patients, or customers. Or if this part of the ...

Tax Laws The IRS Doesn't Want You To Know About
Most People Are Not Aware That We Have Two Tax Systems. One is for employees, which was created to take your wealth, and one is for small businesses that was designed to create economic growth. The reason is that small businesses generate over 70% of the job growth in this country. This is why Congress passes "good" tax laws (Yes, you heard me right, there are "good" tax laws) for small businesses. However, you must have a business to take advanta...

Getting A Tax Credit For Doing The Right Thing
Making energy-efficient home improvements and purchasing fuel-efficient hybrid electric vehicles is no longer just an environmentally friendly move -making these purchases could save you money at tax time. That's because the Energy Policy Act of 2005 will offer consumers federal tax credits for making energy-efficient purchases. Using energy-efficient appliances and installing better windows and insulation can provide many benefits. In addition ...

Deciding when to File a Tax Return?
April 15th ? ?The Day of Reckoning?! Every year, millions of Americans get ready to pay taxes to Uncle Sam, or get ready to collect a tax refund from Uncle Sam; when did this become the great day that it is for taxpayers, and when are we actually required to file a income tax return? Let?s take a look at the beginnings of the income tax date of April 15 and why it was chosen? The first known income tax that Americans were legally required to pay ...

Getting a Tax Credit for Your Kids
As you know, raising a family is a full time job and can put stress on your finances. Fortunately, you can claim a tax credit to help cut your IRS bill if you have kids. Getting a Tax Credit for Your Kids With a tax deduction, you are reducing the total amount of adjusted gross income you have. For instance, if you earned $50,000 dollars in 2005 and take a $1,000 deduction for something, you?ll have to pay tax on $49,000 dollars in ea...

The Ultimate Tax Planning Strategy
The taxes that are withheld from paychecks amount to about 25% of your gross pay (including federal tax, state tax, social security tax and medicare tax). But these taxes that are withheld could be working for you as investments if you employ what I call the ultimate tax strategy. This tax strategy consists of how you plan to pay no taxes just like all of the large corporations. Large businesses have teams of accountants and lawyers going over the ...

IRS Obtains More Than 100 Injunctions Against Tax Scheme Promoters
The IRS has obtained civil injunctions against more than 100 promoters of illegal tax avoidance schemes and fraudulent return preparers in an ongoing crackdown that began in 2001. Many of the injunctions, obtained in cooperation with the Department of Justice, also order the promoters to turn over client lists and to cease preparing federal income tax returns for others. Signaling a renewed fight against tax fraud, the federal government stepped u...

Overview of the Almighty Tax Deduction for Small Businesses
Taxes are the great bane of most businesses. Alas, tax deductions act as a salve to cool the burning and itching of your bank account. Overview of the Almighty Tax Deduction for Small Businesses The tax system in the United States is an undeniable mess. With tens of thousands of pages of laws and regulations, the phrase cruel and unusual comes to mind when it is time to pay your taxes. President Jimmy Carter called the system a disgrace to the h...

Giving To Charities ? Tax Deductions and Such
The tax code in the United States contains many provisions to promote certain behavior. One area of behavior is the promotion of giving to qualified charities. Giving To Charities ? Tax Deductions and Such In the rush to get tax returns prepared and filed, many people absentmindedly forget to include deductions for contributions to charities. If you itemize deductions on your tax return, this can be an expensive omission. Pursuant to relevant ...

Monaco and Andorra Tax Havens Raise Entry Price
While Monaco is a well known European tax haven, Andorra has remained little known outside of the financial community - despite enjoying the same tax advantages and arguably more private banking than her better known rival. In contrast to the similar financial benefits both Monaco and Andorra residents enjoy, the two small countries have quite different climates. Monaco has good all year round weather and is located next to the French Riveria, w...

Getting A Tax Break With Your Hybrid Vehicle
Buying a hybrid car gives the phrase ?go green? a whole new meaning. Not only is it good for the environment, it?s also good for your pocket book. Check out the tax benefits of hybrid vehicles for yourself. The government has decided that encouraging drivers to do their part to protect the environment could be better enhanced by offering tax incentives. So 2006 sees a variety of incentives from tax credits to tax deductions. But before you get t...

Tax Credit Amount for Lexus GS 450 Hybrid Issued By IRS
Prior to January 1, 2006, you were restricted to claiming a $2,000 tax deduction if you purchased a hybrid car. Now you can claim a tax credit, which is much more valuable. Tax Credit Amount for Lexus GS 450 Hybrid Issued By IRS Conspiracy theorists often offer rather exotic arguments about how the government tries to control us. When it comes to taxes, they are absolutely correct. Both federal and state governments try to influence our behav...

Tax Advantages Of A Limited Liability Company
There are several advantages to establishing a limited liability company and many of these compensations revolve around the tax advantages. A limited liability company if often sought as a third alternative to forming a corporation or a partnership. Many corporations are formed because they offer attractive limits on the personal liability that the business may suffer due to debts or liabilities. Partnerships don?t offer the same kind of protection...

Tax Credits for Retirement Savings
It is a well-known fact that Americans are miserable failures when it comes to saving for retirement. Well, the government is offering tax credits to change this for some of us. Tax Credits for Retirement Savings Social security is going to be under siege as baby boomers hit retirements. Fortunately, many baby boomers have put away piles of cash in 401ks and IRAs. Regardless, most people fail to do all they can in this regard. In an attempt to mo...

Types Of Tax Exchanges
Although the vast majority of exchanges occurring presently are delayed exchanges, let us briefly explain a few other exchanging alternatives. Simultaneous Exchange As mentioned previously, prior to Congress modifying the Internal Revenue Code as to exchanges and formally approving the concept of delayed exchanging, virtually all exchanges were of the simultaneous type. To qualify as a simultaneous exchange, both the relinquished property and the ...

Automobile Tax Expenses
If you use a vehicle for conducting business, you can deduct certain automobile tax expenses from your tax bill. This is true even if you use the vehicle for personal and business needs. Automobile Tax Expenses The powers that be have historically written sections into the tax code promoting business activities. One of the traditional write-offs has always been the expenses associated with using a vehicle for business purposes. The simplest au...

Stupidest Tax Mistakes To Avoid This Time Around
As the season to fill tax returns and forms approaches people get confused and nervy. The IRS dons the role of a huge brooding monster that is all set to devour you. Unfortunately most of us keep postponing filing of papers and putting our affairs in order until the very last minute and then confusion and stress reign supreme. The last minute dash and the lack of knowledge of tax laws, depreciation formulas, and deductibility guidelines can land y...

Helping Working Families with the Earned Income Tax Credit
In the past, clients of NORWESCAP's Family Self-Sufficiency program in Morris County, NJ have used the tax return they received through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for a down payment on a car, a security deposit on an apartment or to pay debts, said Penny Olson, the program's director. For clients of Homeless Solutions, which provides affordable and transitional housing, the prospect of a large tax return can make a significant difference...

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