Taxgirl · Tax news, tax info, and tax policy https://www.taxgirl.com Because paying taxes is painful… but reading about them shouldn’t be. Mon, 14 Sep 2020 19:21:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://www.taxgirl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/cropped-taxgirl_logo-copy-150x150.png Taxgirl · Tax news, tax info, and tax policy https://www.taxgirl.com 32 32 Taxes From A To Z 2020: Y Is For Yield Rate https://www.taxgirl.com/2020/09/14/taxes-from-a-to-z-2020-y-is-for-yield-rate/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=taxes-from-a-to-z-2020-y-is-for-yield-rate https://www.taxgirl.com/2020/09/14/taxes-from-a-to-z-2020-y-is-for-yield-rate/#respond Mon, 14 Sep 2020 19:21:28 +0000 https://www.taxgirl.com/?p=53826 It’s my annual Taxes from A to Z series! If you’re wondering how to figure basis for cryptocurrency or whether you can claim home office expenses during COVID, you won’t want to miss a single letter. Y is for Yield Rate. If you own stock, you may receive a dividend (not all stocks pay dividends). [...]

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The Original Survivor’s Big Win And What Happened When He Was Charged With Tax Evasion https://www.taxgirl.com/2020/09/14/the-original-survivor-winners-white-collar-criminal-case/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-original-survivor-winners-white-collar-criminal-case https://www.taxgirl.com/2020/09/14/the-original-survivor-winners-white-collar-criminal-case/#respond Mon, 14 Sep 2020 11:00:00 +0000 https://www.taxgirl.com/?p=53606 In the 1990s and early 2000s, reality television as we know it today was still relatively new. And leading the pack was a CBS series called Survivor. The first season, Survivor: Borneo, was initially broadcast on May 31, 2000. The show dropped a group of strangers on an island where they had to find or create [...]

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Need Help Figuring Your Estimated Payments? IRS Made A Video. https://www.taxgirl.com/2020/09/13/need-help-figuring-your-estimated-payments-irs-made-a-video/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=need-help-figuring-your-estimated-payments-irs-made-a-video https://www.taxgirl.com/2020/09/13/need-help-figuring-your-estimated-payments-irs-made-a-video/#respond Mon, 14 Sep 2020 03:36:00 +0000 https://www.taxgirl.com/?p=53820 Estimated payments for the third quarter are due September 15, 2020. You can find out more about the deadline here. But you need a little more information, you’re in luck! The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has, at part of its video series, a YouTube video about estimated payments: The IRS notes that you can learn [...]

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Don’t Forget: Your Estimated Tax Payments Are Due On September 15 https://www.taxgirl.com/2020/09/13/dont-forget-your-estimated-tax-payments-are-due-on-september-15/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dont-forget-your-estimated-tax-payments-are-due-on-september-15 https://www.taxgirl.com/2020/09/13/dont-forget-your-estimated-tax-payments-are-due-on-september-15/#respond Mon, 14 Sep 2020 01:22:30 +0000 https://www.taxgirl.com/?p=53816 It doesn’t feel like it could be September already, but it is. And you know what that means: estimated payments are now due. The deadline for making your third quarter estimated tax payments for 2020 is September 15. Who Needs To Make Estimated Payments? Generally, you should make estimated tax payments if you are not [...]

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Here’s How To Take Advantage Of Your Retirement Accounts During COVID https://www.taxgirl.com/2020/09/09/heres-how-to-take-advantage-of-your-retirement-accounts-during-covid/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=heres-how-to-take-advantage-of-your-retirement-accounts-during-covid https://www.taxgirl.com/2020/09/09/heres-how-to-take-advantage-of-your-retirement-accounts-during-covid/#respond Wed, 09 Sep 2020 21:03:47 +0000 https://www.taxgirl.com/?p=53794 On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the CARES Act into law. Most of us know that the CARES Act offered economic relief through stimulus checks and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). But there’s more relief available, including options that allow workers to tap into retirement accounts without a penalty, and take out loans. Here’s what you [...]

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New IRS Deputy Chief (CI) Is ‘Humbled & Energized’ By The Opportunity https://www.taxgirl.com/2020/09/09/new-irs-deputy-chief-ci-is-humbled-energized-by-the-opportunity/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-irs-deputy-chief-ci-is-humbled-energized-by-the-opportunity https://www.taxgirl.com/2020/09/09/new-irs-deputy-chief-ci-is-humbled-energized-by-the-opportunity/#respond Wed, 09 Sep 2020 17:26:27 +0000 https://www.taxgirl.com/?p=53788 James (Jim) Robnett has been selected as the next Deputy Chief of CI. Robnett will be responsible for overseeing a worldwide staff of nearly 2,900 CI employees, including approximately 2,000 special agents in 21 Field Offices and 11 foreign countries, who investigate crimes involving tax, money laundering, public corruption, cyber, ID theft, narcotics and terrorist-financing. [...]

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Ask The Taxgirl: My Direct Deposit Is Wrong, So My Tax Refund Is Missing https://www.taxgirl.com/2020/09/07/ask-the-taxgirl-my-direct-deposit-is-wrong-so-my-tax-refund-is-missing/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ask-the-taxgirl-my-direct-deposit-is-wrong-so-my-tax-refund-is-missing https://www.taxgirl.com/2020/09/07/ask-the-taxgirl-my-direct-deposit-is-wrong-so-my-tax-refund-is-missing/#respond Tue, 08 Sep 2020 01:53:00 +0000 https://www.taxgirl.com/?p=53773 Taxpayer asks: How can I update my direct deposit information with the IRS? I filed my 2019 individual return through a tax preparer & my direct deposit went to a joint account with my now ex-wife that was closed recently. All of the scenarios online do not apply to my situation, so hoping you can [...]

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How The Pandemic Has Impacted Job Growth In The Tax & Accounting Fields https://www.taxgirl.com/2020/09/07/the-pandemic-impact-on-employment-growth/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-pandemic-impact-on-employment-growth https://www.taxgirl.com/2020/09/07/the-pandemic-impact-on-employment-growth/#respond Mon, 07 Sep 2020 11:00:00 +0000 https://www.taxgirl.com/?p=53703 One of the biggest fears right now for students and recent grads is being able to find a decent job. Job opportunities drastically vary based on the economy. The projected job outlook for 2018-2028 was expected to be a relatively healthy 6%. However, now the numbers are expected to be altered even more due to [...]

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IRS Offering Free Webinar On Tax Perks For Opportunity Zones https://www.taxgirl.com/2020/08/31/irs-offering-free-webinar-on-tax-perks-for-opportunity-zones/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=irs-offering-free-webinar-on-tax-perks-for-opportunity-zones https://www.taxgirl.com/2020/08/31/irs-offering-free-webinar-on-tax-perks-for-opportunity-zones/#respond Tue, 01 Sep 2020 01:49:11 +0000 https://www.taxgirl.com/?p=53738 Got questions about Opportunity Zones? The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is offering a free webinar designed to give an overview of Opportunity Zones and related tax benefits for investors. As part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), new investments in some economically-distressed areas may be eligible for preferential tax treatment. To qualify, areas [...]

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For Now, IRS Okays E-Signatures On Tax Forms That Can’t Be Filed Electronically https://www.taxgirl.com/2020/08/31/for-now-irs-okays-e-signatures-on-tax-forms-that-cant-be-filed-electronically/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=for-now-irs-okays-e-signatures-on-tax-forms-that-cant-be-filed-electronically https://www.taxgirl.com/2020/08/31/for-now-irs-okays-e-signatures-on-tax-forms-that-cant-be-filed-electronically/#respond Mon, 31 Aug 2020 13:02:32 +0000 https://www.taxgirl.com/?p=53732 The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that it will allow the use of E-signatures on certain tax forms that cannot be filed electronically. This is a temporary move intended to reduce in-person contact and lessen the risk to taxpayers and tax professionals during COVID. What does that mean? Well, some forms, like Form 1040, [...]

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