Tax Penalties


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  • Thank goodness the federal tax code allows for procrastination and the things in life that happen, including events that are out of your control. You can achieve a reprieve by filling out IRS Form 4868: Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. The extension gives you six extra months to file your return.
  • April 17 is just a few weeks away, but if you owe income taxes and don’t have a clue how to come up with the money, it may be a day to dread.
  • If you miss the filing deadline for your federal income taxes, you could be hit with penalties and interest if you still owe money to the IRS.
  • Wednesday is the deadline for filing income tax returns, a day long associated with the dread of rushing to fill out complicated forms and, perhaps, making a payment to Uncle Sam.
  • You've put off filing for 3 1/2 months, but any more procrastination could cost you. So don't just sit there. Actually, do sit there just a bit longer. Stick with, and we'll walk you through what you have to do today to get the Internal Revenue Service what it wants.
  • A short time after the turn of the New Year, I wrote a post detailing the four issues that were destined to destroy this tax season. The post was tailored towards tax preparers rather than taxpayers – the idea being that while these four issues — the repair regulations, net investment income tax, Obamacare insurance penalty, and the premium tax credit — would greatly complicate the life of those charged with understanding and administering the rules, their effects would largely go unnoticed by the majority of clients.
  • If you cheat on your taxes, file late or commit some other offense, do you have a good explanation? Your dog ate your tax return or your receipts? Some excuses can be basic, perhaps too much so. Remember the “I forgot” defense popularized by Steve Martin on Saturday Night Live? It’s unlikely to be effective. There are many tax excuses, and some work better than others. Unfortunately, there’s no excuse to get you out of paying tax entirely. Still, some excuses can obviate penalties. Some will even avoid criminal liability. Relying on a professional tax adviser is one of the classic excuses. It goes like this: I hired a professional, and they told me to do it that way.
  • Over the years, our beloved Congress has dreamed up lots of penalties to punish tax scofflaws. Here are four expensive penalties that taxpayers can easily avoid. The 5% per month failure-to-file penalty When you fail to file your Form 1040 by the deadline, you will be charged a penalty equal to 5% per month, based on the unpaid balance of what you owe, until you send in your return. The maximum penalty is limited to 25% of the unpaid balance. So after five months, the penalty doesn’t get any bigger, but you’ll still be charged interest until you cough up the balance you owe.
  • You just realized that you're going to have to send Uncle Sam some of your hard earned money to settle up your taxes. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) s
  • Practitioners need to be aware of the tax-free IRA rollover rules that took effect on Jan. 1, 2015 to protect their clients from major tax problems and penalties. For many years the IRS indicated in Publication 590 that if you have multiple IRAs, it was permissible to do multiple IRA rollovers. The old rules, as described in Publication 590, stated, “Generally, if you make a tax-free rollover of any part of a distribution from a traditional IRA, you cannot, within a 1-year period, make a tax-free rollover of any later distribution from that same IRA. You also cannot make a tax-free rollover of any amount distributed, within the same 1-year period, from the IRA into which you made the tax-free rollover.
  • Imagine owing up to $600,000 in penalties on, say, a $20,000 bank account simply because you didn't report it to the IRS. It sounds unbelievable. But such a gobsmacking penalty is possible if your account has been held overseas at a non-U.S. financial institution for years and you knowingly never disclosed it to the U.S. government. You could be subject to lesser penalties if you voluntarily disclose the account or can prove you weren't being "willful" by not disclosing it.
  • Donna Freeman isn’t ready to retire. But she’s nearing a deadline facing many baby boomers who are close to turning 70. That deadline is one the IRS doesn’t want her to miss: taking the first required withdrawal from her IRA and other retirement accounts. The Sacramento resident, who turns 70 in August, said she has “so many questions” about when and how much to take in mandatory withdrawals from her multiple IRA accounts. Read more here:
  • The IRS is reminding taxpayers that it’s easier than ever to pay their taxes electronically, and for those who can’t pay on time, quick and easy solutions are available.
  • Nov 14 2014
    Will you owe a penalty under Obamacare?
    Millions of Americans have enrolled in ACA-compliant health plans in 2014, and the majority of those who purchased their coverage through the exchange are happy with both the price and the coverage. But clearly, not everyone is happy with the reforms – or the individual mandate that requires Americans to purchase health coverage. Many folks have given serious consideration to the idea of simply not purchasing coverage. If you’re one of them, one of your first concerns will be whether you’ll be subject to a tax that’s built into the law – and if you are, what penalty you might expect to pay.