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Averaging Full-time and Full-time Equivalent Employees and Why it Matters

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For purposes of the Affordable Care Act, employers average their number of employees across the months in the year to see whether they will be an applicable large employer. This is important to do because two provisions of the health care law apply only to ALEs and are now in effect. These are the employer shared responsibility provision and the employer information reporting provision for offers of minimum essential coverage. In addition, self-insured ALEs – that is, employers who sponsor self-insured group health plans – have additional provider information reporting requirements.

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Ten Great Ways to Use IRS.GOV

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2016 Tax Tips No matter when you need tax help or information, start by visiting IRS.gov. A variety of tools and services are only a click away.  Here are ten great ways to use IRS.gov: Get Answers to Your Tax Questions. The Interactive Tax Assistant covers many common tax topics. Type in your question or search terms, and it can lead you step-by-step to the answer. Or, try the IRS Tax Map. It gives you a list of tax law subjects to review. It combines tax topics, forms, instructions and publications into one research tool. Get Forms and Publications. View, download and print federal tax forms and publications anytime. Approximately 100 IRS publications will be available for download in ePub format this year. Use IRS Free File. If you need to file your tax return, you can file a federal tax return for free using IRS Free File. If you earned $62,000 or less, you can prepare and e-file your taxes using free brand-name tax software. If you e-file your tax return, you don’t need to prepare or mail any paper forms to the IRS. Get Information on the Affordable Care Act. Find out how to:  Report health care coverage, …

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2016 Tax Transcript Cycle Code Chart and Resources

Tax Refund Transcript Cycle Code Chart and Resources Updated Daily! Again this year, the IRS Tax Refund Site, Where is my Refund, is often overloaded.  When you efile, your tax return is usually accepted within 24 hours of filing by the IRS.  Then your seemingly endless wait begins for the orange bar to move to approved.  We are receiving reports daily from this years filers that their bars disappear completely a day or two before their tax return is approved and assigned a DDD or Mailed Check date. If your Where is My Refund or IRS2Go Accepted and Approved Bars Have Disappeared PLEASE READ! One way to determine if your refund is about to be approved is to go to the IRS website and request a tax transcript.  Last year users were able to instantly view their transcripts if one was available, but due to an incident with identity theft, you can only ORDER your Tax Transcript Online this year.  You can also call and request a transcript at 800-829-1040, however, ordering your transcript online is easier.  Remember, It is a good sign if you are able to order it!  The next step is translating the internal codes used by …

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Tax Transcript Tips from the Internal Revenue Service for 2016

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Order Your Tax Transcript Online The IRS reminds taxpayers that the quickest way to get a copy of their tax transcript is to order it online using the Get Transcript application on IRS.gov. By planning ahead, they should receive their transcript in the mail within five to 10 days from the time the IRS receives the request online. The IRS continues to work to bring the viewable/printable functionality of the application back online in the near future with enhanced identity protection security features. In the meantime, taxpayers can still request a mailed transcript by going online to Get Transcript. Though taxpayers should always keep a copy of their tax return for their records, some may need the information from filed tax returns for many reasons. This includes college financial aid applicants or taxpayers who have applied for a loan to buy a home or start a business. If a taxpayer is returning to college this January and applying for financial aid, they should check with their financial aid department at school to see if they will need a copy of their transcript before they start classes. Frequently, students get all the tax return information they need on the FAFSA application …

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2016 IRS Tax Transcript Guide

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The IRS reminds taxpayers to plan ahead and take advantage of other options to obtain a tax transcript while work continues to bring the viewable/printable functionality of the Get Transcript application back online in the near future with enhanced identity protection security features. In the meantime, taxpayers don’t have to wait. They can order their transcript online, over the phone or by mail — the quickest options available. If they plan ahead, they should receive their transcript within five to 10 days from the time the IRS receives the request online. How Do You Get Your IRS Transcript the Fastest? To order a transcript online and have it delivered by mail, go to IRS.gov and use the Get Transcript tool. Simply click the “Get Transcript by Mail” button. To order by phone, call 800-908-9946 and follow the prompts. To request an individual tax return transcript by mail or fax, complete Form 4506T-EZ, Short Form Request for Individual Tax Return Transcript. Businesses and individuals who need a tax account transcript should use Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return. Keep in mind that the current year’s transcript availability is affected by the method used to file the return and whether …

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2015 EITC Income Limits, Maximum Credit Amounts and Tax Law Updates

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Earned Income Limits and AGI Limits Earned income includes all the taxable income and wages you get from working or from certain disability payments. There are two ways to get earned income: You work for someone who pays you  or you own or run a business or farm Taxable earned income includes: Wages, salaries, tips, and other taxable employee pay; Union strike benefits; Long-term disability benefits received prior to minimum retirement age; Net earnings from self-employment if: You own or operate a business or a farm or You are a minister or member of a religious order (see Special Rules page for more information); You are a statutory employee and have income. Nontaxable Combat Pay election. You can elect to have your nontaxable combat pay included in earned income for EITC. The amount of your nontaxable combat pay should be shown on your Form W-2, in box 12, with code Q. Electing to include nontaxable combat pay in earned income may increase or decrease your EITC. See Publication 3. Armed Forces Tax Guide, for more information. Earned income and adjusted gross income (AGI) must each be less than: If filing… Qualifying Children Claimed Zero One Two Three or more Single, …

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2016 Tax Season Opens January 19 for Nation’s Taxpayers

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Following a review of the tax extenders legislation signed into law last week, the Internal Revenue Service announced today that the nation’s tax season will begin as scheduled on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. The IRS will begin accepting individual electronic returns that day. The IRS expects to receive more than 150 million individual returns in 2016, with more than four out of five being prepared using tax return preparation software and e-filed. The IRS will begin processing paper tax returns at the same time. There is no advantage to people filing tax returns on paper in early January instead of waiting for e-file to begin.

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