Financial Cents

May 23, 2020 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Blog: Ready to File? This Tax Records Checklist Will Help

If you’re a taxpayer who has not yet filed their 2019 tax return, you may be getting ready to do so now. One of the first things you will need to do – before visiting your tax preparer – is to gather all of your year-end income documents. Doing so ensures that your tax return […]

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May 13, 2020 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

BLOG: Small Business: Tax Consequences of Crowdfunding

With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, crowdfunding websites such as Kickstarter and GoFundMe have become an increasingly popular way for small business owners to stay afloat. The upside is that it’s often possible to raise the cash you need; the downside is that the IRS considers that money taxable income. Let’s take a closer […]

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May 5, 2020 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

BLOG: Employee Retention Credit Could Help Your Business

Businesses that have been impacted financially by COVID-19 may be able to take advantage of a new, refundable tax credit called the Employee Retention Credit. The credit is designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll and is worth 50 percent of qualifying wages up to $10,000 that are paid by an eligible […]

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April 29, 2020 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

BLOG: Relief for Other Coronavirus-related Tax Issues

Relief for taxpayers facing the challenges of COVID-19-related tax issues is now available through the IRS People First initiative. The projected start date will be April 1 and the effort will initially run through July 15, 2020. During this period, to the maximum extent possible, in-person contact will be avoided; however, the IRS will continue […]

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April 21, 2020 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

BLOG: Watch Out for Coronavirus-related Scams

Taxpayers should be on the lookout for calls and email phishing attempts regarding the Coronavirus, or COVID-19 that could lead to tax-related fraud and identity theft. Because criminals take every opportunity to perpetrate a fraud on unsuspecting victims during times of need, taxpayers should also be skeptical about text messages received and websites and social […]

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April 13, 2020 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

CARES Act: Information for Individual Taxpayers

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the stimulus bill that was signed into law on March 27, 2020, contains legislation to stabilize the economy during the coronavirus pandemic. These measures include economic recovery checks for taxpayers, as well as several other tax provisions affecting individuals. Let’s take a look at a few […]

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April 8, 2020 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

BLOG: Tax Returns and Estimated Taxes Now Due July 15

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. In addition, the payment and return-filing […]

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March 23, 2020 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

BLOG: Are Social Security Benefits Taxable?

Social Security benefits include monthly retirement, survivor, and disability benefits; they do not include Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments, which are not taxable. Generally, you pay federal income taxes on your Social Security benefits only if you have other substantial income in addition to your benefits such as wages, self-employment, interest, dividends and other taxable […]

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March 11, 2020 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

BLOG: What to Do If You Are Missing Important Tax Forms

If you are ready to file your taxes but you are missing important tax forms here’s what you should do: Form W-2 You should receive a Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, from each of your employers for use in preparing your federal tax return. Employers must furnish this record of 2019 earnings and withheld taxes […]

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February 21, 2020 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

BLOG: Six Facts About Form 1040-SR

Taxpayers aged 65 or older now have the option to use Form 1040-SR, U.S. Tax Return for Seniors, thanks to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which required the IRS to create a new tax form for seniors. Here are six facts you should know: 1. Form 1040-SR is designed with larger font size (i.e., “large print”) […]

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