Monday, July 19, 2021

Was Your Income Tax Return Selected for an Audit?

Did you know that income tax audits can be completed through the mail or in person? 

The IRS determines how to complete your audit based on certain factors, like how complex the return is. In general:

  • Correspondence audits (via mail) are used for simple, individual returns (Form 1040) 
  • Face-to-face audits (“office audits”) are held in IRS offices for more complex issues
  • Very complex income tax returns are audited at the taxpayer’s place of business

If your return is selected for audit, you can make the process easier on yourself following these tips:

  • Always maintain accurate, well organized records
  • Respond to all requests for information promptly
  • Only provide the requested info
  • Be calm and polite

Call us for help on your income tax in the Ann Arbor area. 

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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Are You Worried About an Income Tax Audit?

An audit of your income tax return doesn’t always mean there’s a problem. Returns can be selected randomly and can also be selected if a partner or investor was selected for audit. 

Even if your income tax return is selected for audit, chances are good the auditor will accept it as is — unless they question part of the return.

If your return is selected for an audit, don’t panic! As a taxpayer, you have the right to be treated courteously and with confidentiality. And, remember, IRS agents are not out to “get” anybody. They are professionals doing their jobs — correcting errors and checking facts — and want the audit to be resolved quickly, efficiently, and accurately.

Need help with an audit in the Ann Arbor area? Learn more on our website!

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

You May Not Have to Pay a Penalty for Filing Late

Filing your income taxes late often results in a fine, but the IRS recognizes that there are legitimate circumstances that make it difficult or impossible to file on time and may waive the fines in those cases.

You may not need to pay a penalty if the IRS agrees you had a good reason for filing late. Some reasons the IRS accepts include: 

  • A natural disaster like a tornado, or other personal disasters like a fire.
  • You tried, but were unable to obtain all the records you needed for filing.
  • The taxpayer or a family member died, had a serious illness or unexpected absence, or was incapacitated in some other way.

There may be other reasons that kept you from meeting your tax obligation.

Learn more on our website!

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Tips for Filing 2020 Income Taxes Late

Working with the IRS can seem complicated and intimidating at times – especially when you’re facing the uncertainty that comes with filing your income taxes late. 

As soon as you know you’ll be filing late, apply for an extension using Form 4868 or from the Free File link on the IRS website. Don’t wait until after the May 17 deadline! 

It’s important to remember that:

  • You must apply for the extension by the May 17 deadline. 
  • An extension to file does not extend your deadline to pay, if you owe.
  • You will need to file an estimate of your taxes. If you estimate owing, you should make a payment towards that amount by May 17 to avoid a penalty.

Taxes don’t have to be scary. Amador Accounting is here to help. 

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Friday, April 23, 2021

Is COVID Slowing Down the IRS?

Is COVID affecting your tax return or Economic Impact Payment? 

Although the IRS is open, some of their services have been slowed down by COVID, including: 

  • Telephone support
  • Paper tax returns
  • Responding to mail
  • Reviewing tax returns

If you’re wondering about the status of your Economic Impact Payment (otherwise known as the stimulus check) or your 2020 tax return, you can check your status on the IRS website. The website can help you figure out your status, type of payment, and if you meet the requirements to receive the stimulus check. 

Visit our website to learn more about the latest stimulus package.

Monday, April 5, 2021

How Does the Latest Stimulus Affect Your Family?

On March 11, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 was signed into law promising some economic relief to millions of Americans affected by the COVID pandemic. 

In addition to providing funding for a vaccination program, to help schools reopen, and to aid state and local government workers, among other provisions, the new package provides three ways for Americans to receive direct financial assistance from the government. 

Are you wondering how the Act will affect your family? Visit our website for more information.

Monday, February 22, 2021

What's New for 2021 Small Business Taxes?

The COVID pandemic seems to have reached every area of our lives, from work, to school, to socializing, and yes – taxes. In the best of times, taxes can be confusing. The unexpected changes for 2020 filing and the 2021 tax year can make them even more confusing. You don’t have to navigate those changes alone.  

Payroll, bookkeeping, and taxes are our specialty!

Amador Accounting specializes in tax preparation. If you have questions about the tax law changes that affect your 2020 filing or are concerned about the changes moving forward into 2021, contact Lisa Amador.

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Monday, February 8, 2021

Will COVID Affect Your 2021 Taxes?

It’s been a confusing time for most business owners. The pandemic changed our business processes so significantly that many small businesses are depending on assistance from the government to move forward. As we move into the second calendar year of the pandemic, pandemic relief is on every small business owner’s mind. And as we approach tax season, it seems there are more questions than ever.

There have been many tax changes in response to the COVID pandemic. If you’re unsure how they affect your business, you’re not alone. And you don’t have to be! If you have questions, Amador Accounting probably has solutions.

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