November 13, 2018
Since employees typically only have a few pay dates left this year, checking withholding soon is especially important. Because of the many changes in the tax law, refunds may be different than prior years for some taxpayers. Some may even owe an unexpected tax bill when they file their 2018 tax return next year. To avoid these kinds of surprises, taxpayers should do a paycheck checkup to help them decide if they need to adjust their withholding or make estimated or more tax payments now.
Taxpayers should confirm that each employer, bank or other payer has a current mailing address or email address. Typically, these forms start arriving by mail – or are available online – in January. Check them over carefully, and if any of the information shown is inaccurate, the taxpayer should contact the payer right away for a correction.
While we’re now two weeks removed from Punxsutawney Phil’s early spring prognostication, spring doesn’t really come for us at LBF Group until after April 15th. As we’ve fully entered tax season, I see different variations of the same two texts regularly. Loosely speaking, they ask:
1.) I saw/heard (some program, article, etc.) that said my refund this...
Despite several setbacks, the IRS has officially opened up filing for the 2019 tax season. The IRS anticipates refunds to start being issued the first week of February and does not expect the government shutdown to affect the refunds of those individuals who file early, contrary to previous reports. It’s important to note that the IRS typically receives a tremendous number of phone...
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has made some changes to qualified tuition programs (“QTPs,” also commonly known as “529 plans”) that you might be interested in. These changes take effect for 529 plan distributions after 2017.
As you know, a 529 plan distribution is tax-free if it is used to pay “qualified higher education expenses” of the...