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What to do If You Are Missing a W-2

23 February 2011 | Hertsel Shadian

Before you file your 2010 tax return, you should make sure you have all the needed documents. If you worked as an employee for someone else at any time during 2010, then those necessary documents include all your Forms W-2. You should receive a Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, from each of your employers. Employers had until January 31, 2011 to send you a 2010 Form W-2 earnings statement.

If you did not receive all your Forms W-2, follow these four steps:

1. Contact your employer. If you have not received your W-2, contact your employer to inquire if and when the W-2 was mailed. If it was mailed, it may have been returned to the employer because of an incorrect or incomplete address. After contacting the employer, allow a reasonable amount of time for them to resend or to issue the W-2.

2. Contact the IRS. If you still do not receive your W-2 and it is after February 14th, contact the IRS for assistance at 800-829-1040. When you call, you must provide your name, address, city and state, including zip code, Social Security number, phone number and have the following information:

  • Employer’s name, address, city and state, including zip code and phone number
  • Dates of employment
  • An estimate of the wages you earned, the federal income tax withheld, and when you worked for that employer during 2010. The estimate should be based on year-to-date information from your final pay stub or leave-and-earnings statement, if possible.

3. File your return. Even if you do not receive all your W-2 statements, you still must file your tax return or request an extension to file by April 18, 2011. If you do not receive your Form W-2 by the due date, and you have completed steps 1 and 2, you may use Form 4852, Substitute for Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Attach Form 4852 to the return, estimating your income and withholding taxes as accurately as possible.  Be aware that there may be a delay in any refund due while the information is verified.

4. File a Form 1040X. On occasion, you may receive your missing W-2 after you filed your return using Form 4852, and the information may be different from what you reported on your return. If this happens, you must amend your return by filing a Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.  Form 4852, Form 1040X, and instructions are available at the official IRS website at www.IRS.gov or by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).

If you have any questions in regard to these requirements, consult your professional tax advisor or tax preparer. Please also feel free to share this article with others that might benefit from this information.

Ten Important Facts about the Child Tax Credit

15 February 2011 | Hertsel Shadian

The Child Tax Credit is an important tax credit that may be worth as much as $1,000 per qualifying child depending upon a taxpayer’s income. Here are 10 important facts about this credit and how it may benefit a taxpayer’s family.

  1. Amount – With the Child Tax Credit, a taxpayer may be able to reduce his or her federal income tax by up to $1,000 for each qualifying child under the age of 17.
  2. Qualification – A qualifying child for this credit is someone who meets the qualifying criteria of six tests: age, relationship, support, dependent, citizenship, and residence.
  3. Age Test – To qualify, a child must have been under age 17—age 16 or younger—at the end of 2010.
  4. Relationship Test – To claim a child for purposes of the Child Tax Credit, the child must either be the taxpayer’s son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister or a descendant of any of these individuals, which includes a taxpayer’s grandchild, niece or nephew. An adopted child always is treated as a taxpayer’s own child. An adopted child includes a child lawfully placed with a taxpayer for legal adoption.
  5. Support Test – In order to claim a child for this credit, the child must not have provided more than half of his or her own support.
  6. Dependent Test – A taxpayer must claim the child as a dependent on the taxpayer’s federal tax return.
  7. Citizenship Test – To meet the citizenship test, the child must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. resident alien.
  8. Residence Test – The child must have lived with the taxpayer for more than half of 2010. There are some exceptions to the residence test, which can be found in IRS Publication 972, Child Tax Credit.
  9. Limitations – The credit is limited if a taxpayer’s modified adjusted gross income is above a certain amount. The amount at which this phase-out begins varies depending on the taxpayer’s filing status. For married taxpayers filing a joint return, the phase-out begins at $110,000. For married taxpayers filing a separate return, the phase-out begins at $55,000. For all other taxpayers, the phase-out begins at $75,000. In addition, the Child Tax Credit is generally limited by the amount of the income tax the taxpayer owes as well as any alternative minimum tax the taxpayer owes.
  10. Additional Child Tax Credit – If the amount of the taxpayer’s Child Tax Credit is greater than the amount of income tax a taxpayer owes, the taxpayer may be able to claim the Additional Child Tax Credit. The credit is claimed on IRS Form 8812, Additional Child Tax Credit.

For information about the Child Tax Credit, contact your professional tax advisor or tax preparer, or see the official IRS website at www.IRS.gov. Also, see the prior article, “Ten Tax Topics for Taxpayers with Children,” for additional information about tax benefits generally available to taxpayers with children. Please also feel free to share this article with other individuals that might benefit from this information.

Are Your Social Security Benefits Taxable?

11 February 2011 | Hertsel Shadian

The Social Security benefits a taxpayer received in 2010 may be taxable. A taxpayer should receive a Form SSA1099 which will show the total amount of his or her benefits. The information provided on this statement along with the following facts will help a taxpayer determine whether or not his or her benefits are taxable.

  1. The amount—if any—of a taxpayer’s Social Security benefits that are taxable depends on the taxpayer’s total income and marital status.
  2. Generally, if Social Security benefits were a taxpayer’s only income for 2010, the taxpayer’s benefits are not taxable and he or she probably does not need to file a federal income tax return.
  3. If a taxpayer received income from other sources, the taxpayer’s benefits will not be taxed unless his or her modified adjusted gross income is more than the base amount for the taxpayer’s filing status.
  4. A taxpayer’s taxable benefits and modified adjusted gross income are figured on a worksheet in the Form 1040A or Form 1040 Instruction booklet.
  5. A taxpayer can do the following quick computation to determine whether some of his or her benefits may be taxable:
    • First, add one-half of the total Social Security benefits the taxpayer received to all the taxpayer’s other income, including any tax exempt interest and other exclusions from income.
    • Then, compare this total to the base amount for the taxpayer’s filing status. If the total is more than the taxpayer’s base amount, some of the taxpayer’s benefits may be taxable.
  6. The 2010 base amounts are:
    • $32,000 for married couples filing jointly.
    • $25,000 for single, head of household, qualifying widow/widower with a dependent child, or married individuals filing separately who did not live with their spouses at any time during the year.
    • $0 for married persons filing separately who lived together during the year.

For additional information on the taxability of Social Security benefits, consult your professional tax advisor or tax preparer, or see IRS Publication 915, Social Security and Equivalent Railroad Retirement Benefits. Publication 915 is available on the official IRS website at www.irs.gov or by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676). Please also share this article with others that might benefit from this information.

Taxable or Non-Taxable Income?

9 February 2011 | Hertsel Shadian

As tax filing season quickly approaches, many taxpayers will wrestle with the question of whether certain income they have received is taxable or non-taxable. Generally, most income you receive is considered taxable, but there are situations when certain types of income are partially taxed or not taxed at all.

To help taxpayers understand the differences between taxable and non-taxable income, following are some common examples of items not included as taxable income:

  • Adoption Expense Reimbursements for qualifying expenses
  • Child support payments
  • Gifts, bequests and inheritances
  • Workers’ compensation benefits
  • Meals and Lodging for the convenience of your employer
  • Compensatory Damages awarded for physical injury or physical sickness
  • Welfare Benefits
  • Cash Rebates from a dealer or manufacturer

Some income may be taxable under certain circumstances, but not taxable in other situations. Examples of items that may or may not be included in your taxable income are:

  • Life Insurance. If you surrender a life insurance policy for cash, you must include in income any proceeds that are more than the cost of the life insurance policy. Life insurance proceeds, which were paid to you because of the insured person’s death, are not taxable unless the policy was turned over to you for a price.
  • Scholarship or Fellowship Grant. If you are a candidate for a degree, you can exclude amounts you receive as a qualified scholarship or fellowship. Amounts used for room and board do not qualify.
  • Non-cash Income. Taxable income may be in a form other than cash. One example of this is bartering, which is an exchange of property or services. The fair market value of goods and services exchanged is fully taxable and must be included as income on Form 1040 of both parties.

All other items—including income such as wages, salaries, tips and unemployment compensation—are fully taxable and must be included in your income unless it is specifically excluded by law. These examples are not all-inclusive. Special rules also exist for income received by certain members of the clergy or members of religious orders, and certain employees of foreign employers or the military, or those who are volunteers.

For more information, consult your professional tax preparer or tax advisor, or see Publication 525, Taxable and Nontaxable Income, which can be obtained at the official IRS website at www.irs.gov. Please also forward this article to others that may benefit from this information.

IRS Urges Workers to Check Eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit

4 February 2011 | Hertsel Shadian

According to the Internal Revenue Service, nationwide last year, over 26 million eligible taxpayers received nearly $59 billion total from the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Yet, the IRS estimates that one out of five eligible taxpayers still could be missing the credit. This filing season, the IRS again is encouraging all eligible taxpayers to claim this benefit.

Those who made $48,362 or less from wages, self-employment or farm income, should check to see if they qualify for the EITC. The IRS has tools to make it is easy to check with their “EITC Assistant.” Once taxpayers know that they do qualify for the EITC, they must file a tax return and claim the credit to get it. The IRS also has several free options for EITC eligible taxpayers to get help to file a federal tax return and claim the credit.

While there are many factors that affect eligibility for the credit and the amount of EITC that qualified taxpayers may take home, it can be a valuable tool to lower their taxes or to claim a refund. A couple with three or more children could get up to $5,666. If a person qualifies, he or she must file a return and claim the credit.

For more information, taxpayers should contact their professional tax preparer or tax advisor, or see www.irs.gov/eitc on the official IRS website.  Also, if you know someone that might benefit from this information, please forward this article to them.

IRS Provides Relief for Homeowners with Corrosive Drywall

31 January 2011 | Hertsel Shadian

The Internal Revenue Service in late 2010 issued guidance providing relief to homeowners who have suffered property losses due to the effects of certain imported drywall installed in homes between 2001 and 2009.  Revenue Procedure 2010-36 enables affected taxpayers to treat damages from corrosive drywall as a casualty loss and provides a “safe harbor” formula for determining the amount of the loss.

In numerous instances, homeowners with certain imported drywall have reported blackening or corrosion of copper electrical wiring and copper components of household appliances, as well as the presence of sulfur gas odors. In November 2009, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported that an indoor air study of a sample of 51 homes found a strong association between the problem drywall, levels of hydrogen sulfide in those homes and corrosion of metals in those homes.

Revenue Procedure 2010-36 provides the following relief:

  • Individuals who pay to repair damage to their personal residences or household appliances resulting from corrosive drywall may treat the amount paid as a casualty loss in the year of payment. 
  • Taxpayers who have already filed their income tax return for the year of payment generally have three years to file an amended return and claim the deduction.The amount of a loss that may be claimed depends on whether the taxpayer has a pending claim for reimbursement (or intends to pursue reimbursement) of the loss through property insurance, litigation or otherwise.
  • In cases where a taxpayer does not have a pending claim for reimbursement, the taxpayer may claim as a loss all unreimbursed amounts paid during the taxable year to repair damage to the taxpayer’s personal residence and household appliances resulting from corrosive drywall. 
  • If a taxpayer does have a pending claim (or intends to pursue reimbursement), a taxpayer may claim a loss for 75 percent of the unreimbursed amount paid during the taxable year to repair damage to the taxpayer’s personal residence and household appliances that resulted from corrosive drywall. 

A taxpayer who has been fully reimbursed before filing a return for the year the loss was sustained may not claim a loss. A taxpayer who has a pending claim for reimbursement (or intends to pursue reimbursement) may have income or an additional deduction in subsequent taxable years depending on the actual amount of reimbursement received.

For purposes of this revenue procedure, the term “corrosive drywall” means drywall that is identified as problem drywall under the two step identification method published by the CPSC and the Department of Housing and Urban Development in their interim guidance dated January 28, 2010.

Further details and limitations can be found in Revenue Procedure 2010-36, which also is available on the official IRS website at www.IRS.gov.

IRS Free-File Brand-Name Software and Online Forms Now Available

21 January 2011 | Hertsel Shadian

For taxpayers who wish to prepare their income tax returns themselves, the IRS on January 14, announced the start of its Free File program for 2011. Everyone can use Free File, the free way to prepare and e-file federal taxes either through brand-name software or online fillable forms. Individuals or families with 2010 adjusted gross incomes of $58,000 or less can use Free File software. Free File Fillable Forms, the electronic version of IRS paper forms, has no income restrictions.

Free File software is a product of a public-private partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, LLC. The Alliance is a consortium of approximately 20 tax software providers who make versions of their products available exclusively at www.irs.gov/freefile. All Free File members must meet certain security requirements and use the latest in encryption technology to protect taxpayers’ information. The IRS approximates that about seventy percent of taxpayers are eligible for Free File software. The software probably is best suited for first-time filers, families with more straight-forward filing requirements that are looking for a way to save money, or older Americans adept at using the Internet.

People with an adjusted gross income of $58,000 or less are eligible for at least one software product if not more. Each of the Free File software providers sets their own eligibility requirements, usually based on qualifiers such as income, state residency, age or military status. The easiest way to locate a software provider is to use the online tool that, with a little of a taxpayer’s personal information, can identify matching products. Otherwise, taxpayers can review all providers and their offers. Some software providers also offer state income tax preparation for free or for a fee.

For taxpayers whose incomes are more than $58,000, there’s Free File Fillable Forms. This software is probably best for taxpayers experienced in preparing their own federal tax returns. For people who prefer doing their taxes the old fashioned way—by paper—this is an electronic alternative. Free File Fillable Forms performs some math calculations and provides links to some IRS publications. However, it does not use the familiar question-and-answer format used by software. Taxpayers can e-file the forms for free.  Free File Fillable Forms also does not support state income tax returns.

Taxpayers must access these tax products through the IRS’s official website at www.IRS.gov to avoid any charges for preparing or to e-file a federal tax return. Free File partners also are prohibited from repeatedly trying to sell taxpayers other products. Once taxpayers have selected a Free File software product, they will be directed away from www.IRS.gov to the partner’s site to prepare and e-file their returns. The IRS states that it does not retain any personal information from the taxpayers.

This year, taxpayers also will see a redesigned Free File page to make it easier for them to navigate the Free File steps. A microsite with additional Free File information and video also has been updated. The microsite, www.freefile.irs.gov, also includes a “spread the word” page that encourages other organizations or businesses to help spread the word about Free File. For example, other organizations or businesses can upload a tax-day countdown widget to their Web sites or make social media postings to help inform their employees, clients or customers about Free File’s availability.

You can help to spread the word about Free File by forwarding this information to others you know who are considering preparing their income tax returns themselves.

Tips to Help You Choose a Tax Return Preparer

26 December 2010 | Hertsel Shadian

As the end of the year approaches, taxpayers again need to start thinking about compiling their records in order to prepare their income tax returns. At the same time, taxpayers also may need to consider the selection of a tax return preparer. Taxpayers must use care and caution when choosing a tax preparer. Remember, you are legally responsible for what’s on your tax return even if it was prepared by an another individual or firm.

Most tax return preparers are professional, honest and provide excellent service to their clients. However, unscrupulous tax return preparers do exist and can cause considerable financial and legal problems for their clients.  Therefore, it is important to find a qualified tax professional.

The following tips will help you choose a preparer who will offer the best service for your tax preparation needs.

  1. Check the preparer’s qualifications. Ask if the preparer is affiliated with a professional organization that provides its members with continuing education and resources and holds them to a code of ethics. Remember that not all tax preparers are CPAs. Verify clearly the preparer’s qualifications (or the firm’s qualifications) to prepare tax returns, and understand the differences between a CPA (Certified Public Accountant), enrolled agent, and unenrolled tax return preparer. Inquire also if the return preparer is authorized to E-file your return, i.e., able to file the return electronically with the IRS. E-file is commonly available among tax preparers today, and enables the return to be filed with less chance of loss or delay. E-file also generally reduces the time for refunds, and can help decrease the chance of undeliverable refund checks.
  2. Check on the preparer’s history. Check to see if the preparer has any questionable history with the Better Business Bureau, the state’s board of accountancy for CPAs or the state’s bar association for attorneys.
  3. Find out about the preparer’s fees. Avoid preparers that base their fee on a percentage of the amount of your refund. This may give an unscrupulous preparer the incentive to enter inappropriate or inaccurate entries on the return which may maximize a refund but ultimately expose you to even greater tax, penalties and interest if reversed by the IRS. Also be wary of preparers who broadly claim that they can obtain larger refunds than other preparers. While more knowledgeable or more skilled tax preparers generally can maximize available tax benefits, broad claims of producing larger refunds often are greatly exaggerated or based on unique or very specific factual circumstances that may not apply to you.
  4. Make sure the tax preparer is accessible. Make sure you will be able to contact the tax preparer after the return has been filed, even after April 15, in case questions arise. Inquire also the extent to which the preparer or the preparer’s firm will be available to advise you or is authorized to defend you or the return if the return is selected for examination by the IRS.
  5. Provide all records and receipts needed to prepare your return. Most reputable preparers will request to see your records and receipts and will ask you multiple questions to determine your total income and your qualifications for expenses, deductions and other items. Be wary of a preparer that ignores obvious sources of income in your records or encourages you to claim expenses which you cannot support with proper documentation. If any unreported or under-reported income later is discovered by the IRS, or if any undocumented expenses later are reviewed and reversed by the IRS, this could expose you to additional tax and interest, and potentially also expose you to accuracy-related penalties.
  6. Never sign a blank return. Avoid a tax preparer that asks you to sign a blank tax form. Although this may seem convenient to help you file your return quicker, this is improper. A blank signed return sometimes also is a method which unscrupulous preparers use to cheat taxpayers by entering bogus expenses that create fraudulent refunds, refunds which the unscrupulous preparers then later misappropriate to themselves. Although such tax return-related scams by fraudulent preparers are relatively uncommon, they do occur, and taxpayers have a duty to guard themselves from falling victim to such schemes.
  7. Review the entire return before signing it. Before you sign your tax return, review it and ask questions. Make sure that you understand everything and that you are comfortable with the accuracy of the return before you sign it. Although you may have recourse against a preparer that enters inaccurate information on your return (either intentionally or unintentionally), you generally cannot avoid accuracy-related penalties imposed by the IRS for those mistakes.
  8. Make sure the preparer signs the form. A paid preparer must sign the return as required by law. Although the preparer signs the return, you still are responsible for the accuracy of every item on your return.  The preparer must also give you a copy of the return.

As one additional tip, be careful of offers from tax preparer firms to advance you money against an expected refund so that you can get your money faster. The fees associated with these loans or advances often are very high (even compared to regular credit card interest rates), and thus are not worth the small burden of waiting several additional weeks to receive the full refund. If you are concerned about getting a refund sooner, avoid the late rush and file as early as possible in the tax filing season, and consider using a tax preparer that uses E-file to expedite the filing of the return and the processing of your refund.

If you suspect an abusive tax preparer or suspect tax fraud, you can report your suspicions to the IRS on Form 3949-A, Information Referral or by sending a letter to Internal Revenue Service, Fresno, CA 93888.  Form 3949-A also is available from the IRS website at www.IRS.gov or ordered by mail by calling 800-829-3676. Taxpayers also can check the following link from the IRS website, Where Do You Report Suspected Fraud Activity?

If you know other people who are searching for a tax preparer, or who may have questions in choosing a tax preparer, help them out by passing them this article.

New Law Provides Payroll Tax Cut to Boost Take-Home Pay for Most Workers

19 December 2010 | Hertsel Shadian

Millions of workers will see their take-home pay rise during 2011 as a result of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010, which was passed by Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 17, 2010. The new law provides a two percentage point payroll tax cut for employees, reducing their Social Security tax withholding rate from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent of wages paid. This reduced Social Security withholding reportedly will have no effect on the employee’s future Social Security benefits. The new law also maintains the income-tax rates that have been in effect in recent years, and extends other tax provisions passed in recent years.

Following passage of the new law, the Internal Revenue Service on December 17, 2010, released instructions to help employers implement the 2011 cut in payroll taxes, along with new income-tax withholding tables that employers will use during 2011. Employers should start using the new withholding tables and reducing the amount of Social Security tax withheld as soon as possible in 2011, but not later than Jan. 31, 2011. IRS Notice 1036 contains the percentage method income tax withholding tables, the lower Social Security withholding rate, and related information that most employers need to implement these changes. Publication 15, (Circular E), Employer’s Tax Guide, containing the extensive wage bracket tables that some employers use, will be available on www.IRS.gov in December 2010.

In the Information Release announcing the instructions, the IRS stated that it recognizes that the late enactment of these changes makes it difficult for many employers to quickly update their withholding systems. For that reason, the agency asked employers to adjust their payroll systems as soon as possible, but not later than Jan. 31, 2011. For any Social Security tax over withheld during January, employers were requested to make an offsetting adjustment in workers’ pay as soon as possible, but not later than March 31, 2011. Employers and payroll companies handle the withholding changes, so workers typically will not need to take any additional action, such as filling out a new withholding (W-4) form.

Of course, workers should review their withholding every year and, if necessary, fill out a new W-4 and give it to their employer. For example, individuals and couples with multiple jobs, people who are having children, getting married, getting divorced or buying a home, and those who typically wind up with a balance due or large refund at the end of the year may want to consider submitting revised W-4 forms. IRS Publication 919, How Do I Adjust My Tax Withholding?, provides more information to workers on making changes to their tax withholding.

For more information about the new law and about the new withholding requirements, consult your professional tax advisor or tax preparer, or go to www.IRS.gov.  Also, please pass on this article to other employers you know to help them implement these changes.

Help For Small Employers To Claim New Health Care Tax Credit

2 December 2010 | Hertsel Shadian

On December 2, 2010, the Internal Revenue Service released final guidance for small employers and small tax-exempt organizations eligible to claim the new small business health care tax credit for the 2010 tax year. The release includes a one-page form and instructions small employers will use to claim the credit for the 2010 tax year.

New Form 8941, Credit for Small Employer Health Insurance Premiums, and newly revised Form 990-T now are available on the official IRS website at www.IRS.gov. The IRS also posted on its website the instructions to Form 8941 and Notice 2010-82, both of which are designed to help small employers correctly figure and claim the credit.

Included in the Affordable Care Act enacted in March 2010, the small business health care tax credit is designed to encourage both small businesses and small tax-exempt organizations to offer health insurance coverage to their employees for the first time or maintain coverage they already have. In general, the credit is available to small employers that pay at least half of the premiums for single health insurance coverage for their employees. It is specifically targeted to help small businesses and tax-exempt organizations that primarily employ moderate- and lower-income workers.

The new guidance addresses small business questions about which firms qualify for the credit by clarifying that a broad range of employers meet the eligibility requirements, including religious institutions that provide coverage through denominational organizations, small employers that cover their workers through insured multi-employer health and welfare plans, and employers that subsidize their employees’ health care costs through a broad range of contribution arrangements.

Small businesses can claim the credit for 2010 through 2013 and for any two years after that. For tax years 2010 to 2013, the maximum credit is 35 percent of premiums paid by eligible small businesses and 25 percent of premiums paid by eligible tax-exempt organizations. Beginning in 2014, the maximum tax credit will increase to 50 percent of premiums paid by eligible small business employers and 35 percent of premiums paid by eligible tax-exempt organizations.

The maximum credit goes to smaller employers—those with 10 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees—paying annual average wages of $25,000 or less. The credit is completely phased out for employers that have 25 or more FTEs or that pay average wages of $50,000 or more per year. Since the eligibility rules are based in part on the number of FTEs, not the number of employees, employers that use part-time workers may qualify even if they employ more than 25 individuals.

Eligible small businesses will first use Form 8941 to figure the credit and then include the amount of the credit as part of the general business credit on its income tax return. Tax-exempt organizations will first use Form 8941 to figure their refundable credit, and then claim the credit on Line 44f of Form 990-T. (Though primarily filed by those organizations liable for the tax on unrelated business income, Form 990-T also will be used by any eligible tax-exempt organization to claim the credit, regardless of whether they are subject to this tax.)

For additional information about the credit, consult your professional tax advisor or tax preparer. More information about the credit, including a step-by-step guide to claiming the credit and answers to frequently asked questions, also is available on the Affordable Care Act page on www.IRS.gov.

Please also forward this article to any small business or small tax-exempt organization which you know that might be able to utilize the new credit.