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The pros and cons of delaying Social Security

  • 5 April 2022
  • Author: machele
  • Number of views: 1851
The decision of when to claim Social Security is a top concern for pre-retirees and for good reason: Claiming too early and locking in a lower payment can prove to be a mistake for people who experience longevity, while delaying in order to secure a higher payment, then meeting an early demise, can leave money on the table.

Commissioner to Congress: IRS will clear backlog by year’s end

  • 21 March 2022
  • Author: machele
  • Number of views: 1275

IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig told House members in a hearing Thursday that the Service will process its backlog of unprocessed work — some of it dating back to 2020 — by the end of 2022.

Rettig appeared before the House Ways and Means Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight to report on the current filing season. Members' statements and questions broached a range of topics broader than that, including ongoing enforcement and administrative policy on specific tax issues and some tax law considerations more precisely within Congress's own purview.

How to keep Ukraine donations safe from fraudsters

  • 7 March 2022
  • Author: machele
  • Number of views: 3506

As donors around the world seek to help besieged Ukrainians amidst Russia's invasion, the spirit of generosity creates a fertile environment for fraudsters.

Taking the time to research charities can help donors make certain that their donations are being used for the intended purpose.

"There's a process for ascertaining that, and it's not that complicated," said David Zweighaft, CPA/CFF, a partner with RSZ Forensic Associates and a member of the AICPA Forensic & Valuation Services (FVS) Section. "It takes a little bit of effort. You have to ask yourself the questions. Who is this? How long have they been around? Who are they affiliated with? Are they registered? And from that, you can obtain a certain level of comfort that it is a legitimate organization."

FAQs address calculation and reconciliation of recovery rebate credit

  • 26 January 2022
  • Author: machele
  • Number of views: 1258

The IRS on Thursday issued a fact sheet (FS-2022-04) of frequently asked questions (FAQs) intended to help taxpayers and their return preparers calculate the recovery rebate credit for 2021 tax returns.

The recovery rebate credit for the 2021 tax year, as for 2020, must be netted against any economic impact payment (EIP) a taxpayer (and/or spouse, if filing jointly) received during the year. The 2021 EIP was the third such payment, which the IRS distributed in March through the end of the year. The previous two EIP rounds occurred in 2020 and are reconciled against a recovery rebate credit for that year's tax return. Individuals eligible for the EIP or recovery rebate credit who did not receive an EIP may claim the full amount of the credit on their return.

IRS to accept 2021 tax returns starting Jan. 24

  • 12 January 2022
  • Author: machele
  • Number of views: 1419

The IRS will begin accepting and processing 2021 tax returns starting Jan. 24, the Service announced Monday.

In News Release IR-2022-08, the IRS stated the date will allow it time to perform necessary programming and testing in advance of return filing, which it urged taxpayers and paid preparers to do electronically.

"Filing electronically with direct deposit and avoiding a paper tax return is more important than ever this year," IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in the release.


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