How to Reach an IRS Installment Agreement

How to Reach an IRS Installment Agreement

No one intentionally falls behind on their taxes unless they’re taking cues from Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience (which by the way will hardly work in your defense in court). While Thoreau ended up spending a night in jail and getting some material for his book, most of us would prefer to avoid the penalties imposed for tax delinquency. For those who have found themselves unable to meet their tax requirements with the federal government due to a poor financial situation, one viable solution might be figuring out how to reach an IRS installment agreement.   What is an Installment Agreement: Because the IRS would prefer that it receive at least some portion of your prescribed tax obligations, it is often willing to come to a … [Read more...]

Tax Planning Strategies and How to Avoid Overpaying

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Over your entire lifetime a considerable amount of your income will be consumed by income tax. Depending on how much you make, you will contribute a higher or lower percentage of everything you earn to the state in accordance with the taxation laws that govern these payments.  If you don't take at least a few minutes to find one of the many tax planning strategies that exist, you could end up with far less of your money than you could otherwise. The taxation system is incredibly complex and it is all too easy to end up paying more tax than you actually have to. Here we take a look at a few ways you can ensure that you are paying the right amount of tax.   Why We Need Tax Planning Strategies: People don't realize it, but the … [Read more...]

The Now or Later Tax Refund

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Yea! I got my income taxes done. Any day now I should be expecting both my Federal and State return to direct deposit into my bank account. I’m not getting back as much this year as I had hoped, but it will still be quite a handsome amount. Just like back-to-school signs and Christmas decorations, you can almost pin-point the time from December on when a swarm of tax-filing hysteria starts to show up in our lives. But among the tax software and lists of documents we’re told to dig out of our file cabinets, financial advisors also like to argue one age-old debate: • Should you wait to get your big tax refund check or take it throughout the year? … [Read more...]