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IRS is in the process of mailing IRS ID PINs to taxpayers for 2020.

The IRS has begun mailing letters to tax payers with the IRS ID PIN for the 2020 tax year. If you have been issued an ID PIN in the past you will need this PIN to E-File your 2020 tax return. When you get it make sure you give the number to your tax preparer so he or she can include it on your tax return. If you lose the ID PIN you will have to either contact the IRS to issue a new ID PIN or you will have to mail in your tax return which would delay your receipt of your 2020 refund.

Info on Missing 2nd Stimulus Payment

The following info is for those taxpayers who filed a tax return for the 2019 tax year that utilized a Republic Bank “Refund Transfer” to process their refund. Just as a reminder, a “Refund Transfer” is a bank product that allows a taxpayer to have their tax prep fees taken out of their refund. If you used this refund disbursement method then this post will provide some clarification as to why some taxpayers have not yet received their 2nd stimulus payments.

Due to an error, the IRS attempted to deposit the 2nd stimulus payment to a closed account at Republic Bank. The Republic Bank account used to process 2019 refund payments was a temporary account which is closed at the end of the year in preparation for the upcoming 2020 / 2021 tax season. Republic Bank has indicated that the erroneous payments have been returned to the IRS. The IRS will then re-issue the stimulus payment in the form of either a check or a debit card which will be mailed to the taxpayer at the address that was reported on their 2019 tax return.

Please note that while TaxSmart USA uses only Republic Bank for Refund Transfers and other bank products, this situation more than likely occurred with other banks that typically offer Refund Transfers or other types of bank products. These banks include Santa Barbara Tax Products Group and EPS Financial. You should contact your tax preparer if you used the bank products offered by these other 2 banks for further information.

Taxpayers can call Republic Bank at (866) 581-1040 or check the IRS website: www.irs.gov/eip to get more information on the current status of their $600 stimulus payment.

 

2020 FEDERAL STIMULUS CHECK UPDATE AS OF 3-26-2020

2020 FEDERAL STIMULUS CHECK UPDATE
 
Here is the latest info on the stimulus payments due to be passed later today.
 
Americans should start getting relief checks within three weeks, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday, March 26, 2020.
Consumers eager to receive their stimulus checks from the government’s historic coronavirus aid package need to make sure they are up to date on their taxes.
Once the stimulus measure is passed by the House and signed into law, distributions would come via the IRS, which would use 2019 taxpayer forms to determine how much a person’s check should be and where it should be sent. If 2019 taxes have yet to be filed, the IRS would use information from taxpayers’ 2018 forms.
So if you haven’t filed taxes yet for one of those years, now is a good time.
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This step is especially important for low-income Americans who don’t typically file taxes. In that case, they would still need to file a form. People receiving nontaxable income, would still get checks. People receiving Social Security benefits will also get the payment.
Individuals making up to $75,000 a year would receive checks for $1,200, with an additional $500 per child. The payments would progressively decrease for individuals making more than $75,000, with an income cap of $99,000.
Americans should start getting checks within three weeks, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday
People who were planning on receiving paper checks and have moved since they filed their last returns should submit a change of address form, which normally takes four to six weeks to process.
Taxpayers can get their checks a little faster if they’ve signed up for direct deposit with the IRS. To register for direct deposit, people should indicate it as the refund method on their tax forms. To change a bank account or a routing number for the deposit, call the IRS customer service line at 800-829-1040.
The IRS has set up a special coronavirus landing page on its website, which it will update as more information becomes available. Currently, the web page says, “Stimulus payment checks: No information available yet. No sign-up needed. Instead of calling, please check back for updates.”
Per the bill: “For the vast majority of Americans, no action on their part will be required in order to receive a rebate check. This includes many low-income individuals who file a tax return in order to take advantage of the refundable earned income tax credit and child tax credit.”
For those who have already filed 2018 and 2019 taxes and whose information is up to date and accurate, there’s no need to do anything at all.
 
If you have any questions or need to get a tax return filed, please call TaxSmart USA at (561) 293-2928. we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have based on the most current information available or assist in any way we possibly can. You can also check the TaxSmart USA website at www.taxsmartusa.com. Please make sure you and your families stay safe and healthy.

Economic Stimulus Bill For Coronavirus Response Released.

Senate Republicans release massive economic stimulus bill for coronavirus response.

 

PLEASE NOTE

TaxSmart USA Inc is providing this information so that taxpayers will have access to this important information about the coronavirus stimulus proposals. Please note, the following are proposals only and have not been approved for implementation yet. Also, the specifics are subject to change based on current ongoing negotiations.

 

 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) released a massive economic stimulus bill Thursday to fight the coronavirus’s fallout.

 

The centerpiece of the Senate GOP plan — building on a proposal revealed Wednesday by the Treasury Department — would be hundreds of billions of dollars sent to Americans in the form of checks as a way to flood the country with money in an effort to blunt the dramatic pullback of spending that has resulted from the coronavirus outbreak.

 

The legislation would provide checks of $1,200 per adult for many families, as well as $500 for every child in those families. Families filing jointly would receive up to $2,400 for the adults. The size of the checks would diminish for those earning more than $75,000 and phase out completely for those earning more than $99,000. The poorest families, those with no federal income tax liability, would see smaller benefits, though the minimum would be set at $600.

 

The legislation McConnell released Thursday was based on what he called four “pillars” – payments to small businesses, direct cash payments to individuals, loans to industries decimated by the virus, and a surge in funding to the health-care industry.

The small-business section offers loans to small businesses with under 500 employees. The $300 billion for the loans would be made available through lenders certified by the Small Business Administration, such as banks and credit unions, with the maximum loan capped at $10 million. The portion of the loan used by the small businesses to cover their payrolls could be forgiven if firms retain their employees through the end of June 30, 2020. Loans given to firms with tipped employees, such as bars and restaurants, could be forgiven if they are used to provide additional wages to their employees.

The legislation appears to give the Treasury Department wide authority in determining which businesses qualify for this $150 billion fund.

File Your 2019 Tax Return To qualify For Your Stimulus Checks

TaxSmart USA is here to help with any tax,  government emergency stimulus check  questions or tax preparation assistance for you or your small business. Call us today for more information (561) 293-2928.

 

Make Sure You’re Able To Qualify for The Corona Virus Emergency Federal Stimulus Check. You Will Have To Have A 2019 Tax Return Filed To Determine If You Qualify And for How Much. if you haven’t had your taxes prepared yet, give us a call at (561) 293-2928 and we can assist you. No Need To Come Into The Office. We can prepare your tax return remotely. Deep Discounts on tax prep fees for all employees that are now temporarily out of work due to the Corona Virus. Tax prep fees will be taken out of your refund (at no additional cost) so there are no out of pocket expenses to you at all. The sooner you file, the sooner you can get your 2019 tax refund and qualify for the emergency stimulus checks.

 

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Tax Day now July 15: Treasury, IRS Extend filing & Payment deadlines

Tax Day now July 15: Treasury, IRS extend filing deadline and federal tax payments regardless of amount owed

WASHINGTON – The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced today that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.

Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax.

Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this automatic federal tax filing and payment relief.  Individual taxpayers who need additional time to file beyond the July 15 deadline, can request a filing extension by filing Form 4868 through their tax professional, tax software or using the Free File link on IRS.gov. Businesses who need additional time must file Form 7004.

The IRS urges taxpayers who are due a refund to file as soon as possible. Most tax refunds are still being issued within 21 days.

“Even with the filing deadline extended, we urge taxpayers who are owed refunds to file as soon as possible and file electronically,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “Filing electronically with direct deposit is the quickest way to get refunds. Although we are curtailing some operations during this period, the IRS is continuing with mission-critical operations to support the nation, and that includes accepting tax returns and sending refunds. As a federal agency vital to the overall operations of our country, we ask for your personal support, your understanding – and your patience. I’m incredibly proud of our employees as we navigate through numerous different challenges in this very rapidly changing environment.”

The IRS will continue to monitor issues related to the COVID-19 virus, and updated information will be posted on a special coronavirus page on IRS.gov.

This announcement comes following the President’s emergency declaration last week pursuant to the Stafford Act. The Stafford Act is a federal law designed to bring an orderly and systematic means of federal natural disaster and emergency assistance for state and local governments in carrying out their responsibilities to aid citizens. It was enacted in 1988.

Treasury and IRS will issue additional guidance as needed and continue working with Congress, on a bipartisan basis, on legislation to provide further relief to the American people.

IRS opens 2019 tax filing season for individual filers on Jan. 27

WASHINGTON ― The Internal Revenue Service confirmed that the nation’s tax season will start for individual tax return filers on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, when the tax agency will begin accepting and processing 2019 tax year returns.

The deadline to file 2019 tax returns and pay any tax owed is Wednesday, April 15, 2020. More than 150 million individual tax returns for the 2019 tax year are expected to be filed, with the vast majority of those coming before the traditional April tax deadline.

“As we enter the filing season, taxpayers should know that the dedicated workforce of the IRS stands ready to help,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “We encourage taxpayers to plan ahead and use the tools and information available on IRS.gov. The IRS and the nation’s tax community are committed to making this another smooth filing season.”

The IRS set the Jan. 27 opening date to ensure the security and readiness of key tax processing systems and to address the potential impact of recent tax legislation on 2019 tax returns.

While taxpayers may prepare returns through the IRS’ Free File program as well as many tax software companies and tax professionals before the start date, processing of those returns will begin after IRS systems open later this month.

“The IRS encourages everyone to consider filing electronically and choosing direct deposit,” Rettig said. “It’s fast, accurate and the best way to get your refund as quickly as possible.”

IRS waives penalty for many whose tax payments fell short in 2018

IRS waives penalty for many whose tax withholding and estimated tax payments fell short in 2018

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that it is waiving the estimated tax penalty for many taxpayers whose 2018 federal income tax withholding and estimated tax payments fell short of their total tax liability for the year.

The IRS is generally waiving the penalty for any taxpayer who paid at least 85 percent of their total tax liability during the year through federal income tax withholding, quarterly estimated tax payments or a combination of the two. The usual percentage threshold is 90 percent to avoid a penalty.

The waiver computation announced today will be integrated into commercially-available tax software and reflected in the forthcoming revision of Form 2210 and instructions.

This relief is designed to help taxpayers who were unable to properly adjust their withholding and estimated tax payments to reflect an array of changes under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the far-reaching tax reform law enacted in December 2017.

“We realize there were many changes that affected people last year, and this penalty waiver will help taxpayers who inadvertently didn’t have enough tax withheld,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “We urge people to check their withholding again this year to make sure they are having the right amount of tax withheld for 2019.”

The updated federal tax withholding tables, released in early 2018, largely reflected the lower tax rates and the increased standard deduction brought about by the new law. This generally meant taxpayers had less tax withheld in 2018 and saw more in their paychecks.

However, the withholding tables couldn’t fully factor in other changes, such as the suspension of dependency exemptions and reduced itemized deductions. As a result, some taxpayers could have paid too little tax during the year, if they did not submit a properly-revised W-4 withholding form to their employer or increase their estimated tax payments. The IRS and partner groups conducted an extensive outreach and education campaign throughout 2018 to encourage taxpayers to do a “Paycheck Checkup” to avoid a situation where they had too much or too little tax withheld when they file their tax returns.

Although most 2018 tax filers are still expected to get refunds, some taxpayers will unexpectedly owe additional tax when they file their returns.

Additional Information

Because the U.S. tax system is pay-as-you-go, taxpayers are required, by law, to pay most of their tax obligation during the year, rather than at the end of the year. This can be done by either having tax withheld from paychecks or pension payments, or by making estimated tax payments.

Usually, a penalty applies at tax filing if too little is paid during the year. Normally, the penalty would not apply for 2018 if tax payments during the year met one of the following tests:

  • The person’s tax payments were at least 90 percent of the tax liability for 2018 or
  • The person’s tax payments were at least 100 percent of the prior year’s tax liability, in this case from 2017. However, the 100 percent threshold is increased to 110 percent if a taxpayer’s adjusted gross income is more than $150,000, or $75,000 if married and filing a separate return.

For waiver purposes only, today’s relief lowers the 90 percent threshold to 85 percent. This means that a taxpayer will not owe a penalty if they paid at least 85 percent of their total 2018 tax liability. If the taxpayer paid less than 85 percent, then they are not eligible for the waiver and the penalty will be calculated as it normally would be, using the 90 percent threshold. For further details, see Notice 2019-11, posted today on IRS.gov.

Like last year, the IRS urges everyone to check their withholding for 2019. This is especially important for anyone now facing an unexpected tax bill when they file. This is also an important step for those who made withholding adjustments in 2018 or had a major life change to ensure the right tax is still being withheld. Those most at risk of having too little tax withheld from their pay include taxpayers who itemized in the past but now take the increased standard deduction, as well as two-wage-earner households, employees with nonwage sources of income and those with complex tax situations.

To help taxpayers get their withholding right in 2019, an updated version of the agency’s online Withholding Calculator is now available on IRS.gov. With tax season starting Jan. 28, the IRS reminds taxpayers it’s never too early to get ready for the tax-filing season ahead. While it’s a good idea any year, starting early in 2019 is particularly important as most tax filers adjust to the revised tax rates, deductions and credits.

Although the IRS won’t begin processing 2018 returns until Jan. 28, software companies and tax professionals will be accepting and preparing returns before that date. Free File is also now available.

The IRS also reminds taxpayers there are two useful resources for anyone interested in learning more about tax reform. They are Publication 5307, Tax Reform: Basics for Individuals and Families, and Publication 5318, Tax Reform What’s New for Your Business. For other tips and resources, visit IRS.gov/taxreform or check out the Get Ready page on IRS.gov.

IRS confirms tax filing season to begin January 28

WASHINGTON ― Despite the government shutdown, the Internal Revenue Service today confirmed that it will process tax returns beginning January 28, 2019 and provide refunds to taxpayers as scheduled.

“We are committed to ensuring that taxpayers receive their refunds notwithstanding the government shutdown. I appreciate the hard work of the employees and their commitment to the taxpayers during this period,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig.

Congress directed the payment of all tax refunds through a permanent, indefinite appropriation (31 U.S.C. 1324), and the IRS has consistently been of the view that it has authority to pay refunds despite a lapse in annual appropriations. Although in 2011 the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directed the IRS not to pay refunds during a lapse, OMB has reviewed the relevant law at Treasury’s request and concluded that IRS may pay tax refunds during a lapse.

The IRS will be recalling a significant portion of its workforce, currently furloughed as part of the government shutdown, to work. Additional details for the IRS filing season will be included in an updated FY2019 Lapsed Appropriations Contingency Plan to be released publicly in the coming days.

“IRS employees have been hard at work over the past year to implement the biggest tax law changes the nation has seen in more than 30 years,” said Rettig.

As in past years, the IRS will begin accepting and processing individual tax returns once the filing season begins. For taxpayers who usually file early in the year and have all of the needed documentation, there is no need to wait to file. They should file when they are ready to submit a complete and accurate tax return.

The filing deadline to submit 2018 tax returns is Monday, April 15, 2019 for most taxpayers.  Because of the Patriots’ Day holiday on April 15 in Maine and Massachusetts and the Emancipation Day holiday on April 16 in the District of Columbia, taxpayers who live in Maine or Massachusetts have until April 17, 2019 to file their returns.

Software companies and tax professionals will be accepting and preparing tax returns before Jan. 28 and then will submit the returns when the IRS systems open later this month. The IRS strongly encourages people to file their tax returns electronically to minimize errors and for faster refunds.