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Early Retirement Distributions and Your Taxes

Many people find it necessary to take out money early from their IRA or retirement plan. Doing so, however, can trigger an additional tax on top of the income tax you may have to pay. Here are a few key points to know about taking an early distribution: Early Withdrawals An early withdrawal normally means taking the money out of your retirement plan before you reach age 59½. Additional Tax If you took an early withdrawal from a plan last year, you must report it to the IRS. You may have to pay income tax on the amount you took out. If it was an early withdrawal, you may have to pay an additional 10 percent tax. Nontaxable Withdrawals The additional 10 percent tax does not apply to nontaxable withdrawals. They include withdrawals of your cost to participate in the plan. Your cost includes contributions that you paid tax on before you put them into the plan. A rollover is a type of nontaxable withdrawal. A rollover occurs when you take cash or other assets from one plan and contribute the amount to another plan. You normally have 60 days to complete a rollover to make it tax-free. Check Exceptions …

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Free Tax Preparation: Ten Tips from the IRS

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2016 Tax Tips Each year, millions of people have their taxes prepared for free by IRS volunteers. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs have helped people for more than 40 years. Here are 10 tips from the IRS about VITA and TCE: Trained and Certified. The IRS works with local community groups to train and certify VITA and TCE volunteers. VITA Program. For the most part, VITA offers free tax return preparation to people who earn $54,000 or less. TCE Program. TCE is mainly for people age 60 or older. The program focuses on tax issues unique to seniors. AARP participates in the TCE program through AARP Tax-Aide. Free E-file. VITA and TCE provide free electronic filing. E-filing is the safest, most accurate way to file your tax return. If you combine e-file with direct deposit, you can get your refund faster. Tax Benefits. Using VITA and TCE can help you get the tax benefits for which you are eligible. For example, you may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Credit for the Elderly. You can also get help with the tax provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Bilingual Help. There are …

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2016 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving Announced

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The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2016 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2016, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 54 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 57.5 cents for 2015 19 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down from 23 cents for 2015 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations The business mileage rate decreased 3.5 cents per mile and the medical, and moving expense rates decrease 4 cents per mile from the 2015 rates. The charitable rate is based on statute. The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs. Taxpayers always have the option of calculating the actual costs of using their vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates. A taxpayer may not use the business standard mileage rate for a vehicle after using any depreciation method under the …

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Tax Transcript Cycle Code 20151801 thru 20151805

Tax Cycle Code Chart 20151801 thru 20151805

FAQ for Tax Transcript Cycle Code 20151801 thru 20151805 We were getting so many questions regarding the Tax Transcript Cycle Codes that we decided to split them up by week. This will make the topics easier for you to read and comment on. Tax Transcript Cycle Code Chart   You need to view the following file and check for a cycle code and 846 Refund Issued Code. To order your transcript click here! PLEASE NOTE! If you cannot access your Tax Transcript yet, you can estimate your refund date by viewing the Estimated Tax Refund Schedule here! Tax Resource Links H&R Block Customer Service (payments team) 1-877-859-7950 TurboTax Customer Service 1-800-414-5644 5:00 AM – 5:00 PM PT (Monday – Friday) IRS 800-829-1040 Jackson Hewitt 800-234-1040 Jackson Hewitt®smartcard Customer Service at (866) 518-4722 Find Your Local Tax Office http://www.irs.gov/uac/Contact-Your-Local-IRS-Office-1 Are You Experiencing a Financial Hardship Due to a Delayed Refund? If you are experiencing economic harm, believe an IRS system or procedure isn’t working as it should, or are seeking help in resolving tax problems that have not been resolved through normal channels, you may be eligible for Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) assistance. You can reach them at 1-877-777-4778 or TTY/TTD …

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Five Things to Know if You Need More Time to File Your Taxes

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The April 15 tax deadline is coming up. If you need more time to file your taxes, you can get an automatic six month extension from the IRS. Here are five things to know about filing an extension: Use IRS Free File to File an Extension You can use IRS Free File to e-file your extension request for free. Free File is only available through IRS.gov. You must e-file the request by midnight on April 15. Don’t forget to come back to Free File to e-file your taxes for free. You can access the program at any time through Oct. 15.

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IRS Reminds Those with Foreign Assets of U.S. Tax Obligations

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The Internal Revenue Service  today reminded U.S. citizens and resident aliens, including those with dual citizenship who have lived or worked abroad during all or part of 2014, that they may have a U.S. tax liability and a filing requirement in 2015. Most People Abroad Need to File A filing requirement generally applies even if a taxpayer qualifies for tax benefits, such as the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign tax credit , that substantially reduce or eliminate their U.S. tax liability. These tax benefits are not automatic and are only available if an eligible taxpayer files a U.S. income tax return. The filing deadline is Monday, June 15, 2015, for U.S. citizens and resident aliens whose tax home and abode are outside the United States and Puerto Rico, and for those serving in the military outside the U.S. and Puerto Rico, on the regular due date of their tax return. To use this automatic two-month extension, taxpayers must attach a statement to their return explaining which of these two situations applies. See U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad for details. Nonresident aliens who received income from U.S. sources in 2014 also must determine whether they have a U.S. …

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Tax Transcript Cycle Code 20151401 thru 20151405

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FAQ for Tax Transcript Cycle Code 20151401 thru 20151405 We were getting so many questions regarding the Tax Transcript Cycle Codes that we decided to split them up by week. This will make the topics easier for you to read and comment on. Tax Transcript Cycle Code Chart   You need to view the following file and check for a cycle code and 846 Refund Issued Code. To order your transcript click here! PLEASE NOTE! If you cannot access your Tax Transcript yet, you can estimate your refund date by viewing the Estimated Tax Refund Schedule here! Tax Resource Links H&R Block Customer Service (payments team) 1-877-859-7950 TurboTax Customer Service 1-800-414-5644 5:00 AM – 5:00 PM PT (Monday – Friday) IRS 800-829-1040 Jackson Hewitt 800-234-1040 Jackson Hewitt®smartcard Customer Service at (866) 518-4722 Find Your Local Tax Office http://www.irs.gov/uac/Contact-Your-Local-IRS-Office-1 Are You Experiencing a Financial Hardship Due to a Delayed Refund? If you are experiencing economic harm, believe an IRS system or procedure isn’t working as it should, or are seeking help in resolving tax problems that have not been resolved through normal channels, you may be eligible for Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) assistance. You can reach them at 1-877-777-4778 or TTY/TTD …

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