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Will SALT Deduction Caps Be Lifted?

Posted by Juda Gabaie | May 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

According to a report from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), in 2014, Maryland had the highest rate of taxpayers that benefited from the SALT deductions, with 45% of tax units using the SALT deduction. The average SALT deduction in 2014 for Maryland was $5,604.  One of the big ...

Is Unemployment Taxable?

Posted by Juda Gabaie | May 04, 2020 | 0 Comments

Millions of Americans have filed for unemployment benefits since the coronavirus pandemic. For those who cannot work from home, the stay-at-home orders have closed up a lot of businesses and left a lot of people without work. From March 15 through April 3, 2020, more than 234,000 people filed for...

Are Coronavirus Stimulus Payments Taxable?

Posted by Juda Gabaie | Apr 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

On March 25, 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the “CARES Act.” As part of the CARES Act, many middle and lower income individuals will get a direct payment to help financially deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. The Act will also extend and ...

Tax Year 2019 Tax Brackets for 2020 Filings

Posted by Juda Gabaie | Apr 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

Tax filings opened on January 27 for individual taxpayers. The filing deadline was Wednesday, April 15, 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the IRS has pushed back the filing and payment deadline until July 15, 2020. If you do not need additional time to file your taxes and are expecting...

Avoid These Common Tax Errors in 2020

Posted by Juda Gabaie | Mar 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

Many taxpayers feel like they have a good grasp of the tax filing process right after filing their taxes. Unfortunately, over the course of the next year, much of that knowledge goes out the window. Either through not thinking about it anymore, updates to the tax code, or a change in financial si...

Coronavirus 90-Day Tax Filing Extension

Posted by Juda Gabaie | Mar 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

In response to the coronavirus or COVID-19, the IRS will defer 2020 tax payments by 90 days. This will likely come as welcome relief for the many taxpayers stressing about the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic. However, many taxpayers who are expecting a refund may still want to ...

Failure to Take Required Minimum Distributions (RMD)

Posted by Juda Gabaie | Feb 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

After years of saving in an IRA or other retirement plan account, workers are used to the idea that their retirement savings should be untouched until retirement. However, at a certain point, the government requires individuals to start taking withdrawals or subject their savings to a penalty.  ...

Taxation on Video Game Virtual Currency

Posted by Juda Gabaie | Feb 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

According to the IRS, “virtual currency” is “a digital representation of value that functions as a medium of exchange, a unit of account, and/or a store of value.” Virtual currency is becoming more common as a source of investment and for privacy. However, virtual currency in video games is givin...

Are Alimony Payments Tax Deductible in Maryland?

Posted by Juda Gabaie | Dec 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

After a divorce, individuals will likely see significant changes in their tax filings. This includes single filing and deciding who claims children for tax purposes. When a spouse is awarded alimony or spousal support, the supporting spouse may wonder whether those payments are deductible and the...

Can the IRS Come After Me for Tax Problems Caused by My Ex?

Posted by Juda Gabaie | Nov 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Divorce can be a financially difficult time for a separating couple. In addition to the costs of divorce lawyers and litigation, each spouse will likely deal with changes in assets and debt, property changes, and relocation. To make the divorce even more painful, a spouse may get a tax notice in ...

IRS Tax Compliance Rates and Enforcement

Posted by Juda Gabaie | Oct 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released tax gap estimates for tax years 2011-2013. According to those estimates, the nation's tax compliance rate has changed little from prior years. The majority of taxes owed are paid and paid on time. When they are late, unpaid, or there is an underpaym...

Your Tax Day Extension is Almost Up

Posted by Juda Gabaie | Sep 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

The 2018 filing deadline for most taxpayers was April 15, 2019. However, many taxpayers needed a little more time and filed for an extension. The extension allowed these individuals a little more time to get their taxes in order. However, that extended deadline is fast approaching and taxpayers w...

Is Your Notice From the IRS Real or a Scam?

Posted by Juda Gabaie | Aug 06, 2019 | 0 Comments

Scammers are using the threat of tax penalties or arrest to trick taxpayers by pretending to be from the IRS. There have been reports of telephone scams, email scams, and even fake letters. The problem for many taxpayers is that they may be unsure whether a notice from the Internal Revenue Servic...

Did You Report Your Bitcoin Earnings to the IRS?

Posted by Juda Gabaie | Aug 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

Many people have been making money on Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. This includes buying, selling, and trading digital currency, as well as mining Bitcoins. However, any income made from dealing in Bitcoins is not immune from taxation in the U.S. The IRS has sent letters to more than 10,000...

The Right to Confidentiality: Taxpayer Bill of Rights #8

Posted by Juda Gabaie | Oct 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

When dealing with the IRS, taxpayers have the right to confidentiality. As with all ten rights outlined in the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, the IRS is supposed to take these rights very seriously. Taxpayers should expect that any information they provide to the IRS will not be disclosed to outside p...

The Right to Privacy: Taxpayer Bill of Rights #7 

Posted by Juda Gabaie | Apr 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

The right to privacy is one of ten rights the Taxpayer Bill of Rights gives all taxpayers. Some details about what taxpayers can expect in regards to the right to privacy: The IRS cannot seize certain personal items, such as books, clothing and undelivered mail. The IRS cannot seize a perso...

The Right to Finality — Taxpayer Bill of Rights #6

Posted by Juda Gabaie | Mar 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

One of the basic rights from the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, that all taxpayers are entitled to when dealing with the IRS, is the right to finality.  Taxpayers that have been audited by the IRS or have other disputes are entitled to the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.  For taxpayers who are in the proces...

Early Withdrawals from Retirement Plans

Posted by Juda Gabaie | Mar 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Many taxpayers may need to take out money early from their Individual Retirement Account or retirement plan. Doing so, however, can trigger an additional tax on early withdrawals. They would owe this tax on top of other income tax they may have to pay. Here are a few key points to know: Early...

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