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Important reminders before filing 2020 tax returns

WASHINGTON — Following an unpredictable year with many changes and challenges, the Internal Revenue Service today shared important reminders for taxpayers who are about to file their 2020 federal tax returns. Choose direct deposit The safest, most accurate and fastest way to get a refund is to electronically file and choose direct deposit. Direct deposit […]

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New law extends COVID tax credit for employers who keep workers on payroll

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service urges employers to take advantage of the newly-extended employee retention credit, designed to make it easier for businesses that, despite challenges posed by COVID-19, choose to keep their employees on the payroll. The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, enacted December 27, 2020, made a number […]

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Existing Home Sales Rose 0.7% in December, Annual Sales Highest Since 2006

Existing-home sales rose in December, with home sales in 2020 reaching their highest level since 2006, according to the National Association of Realtors. Activity in the major regions was mixed on a month-over-month basis, but each of the four areas recorded double-digit year-over-year growth in December. Total existing-home sales, https://www.nar.realtor/existing-home-sales, completed transactions that include single-family homes, […]

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Small Business Optimism Persists, Despite the Pandemic

Businesses and consumers alike are finding ways to adapt and stay resilient during these unprecedented times. Though recovery may take time, a new report confirms the strength of entrepreneurialism and grit of small business owners, who remain optimistic that their businesses will overcome any present and future obstacle with the right resources and preparedness. In […]

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Four Important Employer Tax Credits for 2020

As 2020 draws to a close—finally—employers may take advantage of several tax credits for employee wages. Consider these four tax-saving opportunities created by recent tax legislation. 1. Family and medical leave credit: This credit, authorized by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), was initially scheduled to end after 2019. But the Taxpayer Certainty and […]

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Expanded tax benefits help individuals and businesses give to charity during 2020

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today explained how expanded tax benefits can help both individuals and businesses give to charity before the end of this year. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted last spring, includes four temporary tax changes that are designed to help people and businesses who give to […]

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IRS expands Identity Protection PIN Opt-In Program to taxpayers nationwide

WASHINGTON — As part of the Security Summit effort, the Internal Revenue Service announced today that starting in January the Identity Protection PIN Opt-In Program will be expanded to all taxpayers who can properly verify their identities. The Summit partners, including state tax agencies, the nation’s tax industry and the IRS, marked the third day […]

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The Treasury Department and IRS issue final regulations regarding like-kind exchanges of real property

WASHINGTON – Today the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations PDF relating to section 1031 like-kind exchanges. These final regulations address the definition of real property under section 1031 and also provide a rule addressing the receipt of personal property that is incidental to real property received in a like-kind exchange. The 2017 […]

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IRS Criminal Division Identified $2.3 Billion in Tax Fraud in 2020

Key focuses of CI in fiscal year 2020 included COVID-19 related fraud, cybercrimes, with an emphasis on virtual and cryptocurrencies, traditional tax investigations, international tax enforcement, employment tax, refund fraud and tax-related identity. The Internal Revenue Service has issued the Criminal Investigation Division’s annual report, highlighting the agency’s successes and criminal enforcement actions taken in […]