2017 Income Tax Withholding Allowance

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Updated income-tax withholding tables for 2017 have been released by the IRS. In 2017 the amount for one withholding allowance on an annual basis is $4,050 (same as 2016). Employers will start using the revised withholding tables and correct the amount of Social Security tax withheld as soon as possible in 2017, but not later […]

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IRS Agents Getting Slammed and Call Delays Likely to Continue

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Many American taxpayers are again asking this year why it is so hard for them to call in and get through to a real IRS agent. The answer is simply these agents that provide telephone assistance to taxpayers have too much on and there aren’t enough agents to do the work or handle the ever increasing […]

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5 Reasons I Max Out My 401k Retirement Account as Fast as I Can – The 25% Contribution Rule

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Every year around November when the IRS publishes updated 401k plan limits for the year ahead I set myself a goal to see how fast I can reach the maximum contribution limit. I am fortunate that I earn and save enough money to make the maximum pre-tax retirement account contributions, but even if you cannot get […]

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Tips for Avoiding Financial Disagreements

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Here is the second article in the series about couples and money. The first one was around effective planning and managing expectations for couples. But as we know in reality, even the best laid plans can change causing tension in a relationship. This article is on how to handle common financial disagreements when they (and believe me […]

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Will Ordering an IRS Tax Transcript Help Me Find Out When I’ll Get My Refund?

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Ordering your tax transcript is a technique a lot of folks use to get an update on their tax return processing and refund if they are not getting information (or see no bars) from the IRS WMR tool. But the IRS has categorically stated that being able to order your latest tax transcript does NOT […]

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2017 and 2018 TrumpCare – American Health Care Act (ACHA) – Tax Credits and Penalties

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The house GOP has announced their legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare. They are calling this bill the American Health Care Act (ACHA). From a bottom line perspective here are some of the key impacts you may see from next year if these provisions (or something like them) are passed. Expanded health savings accounts (HSA) for individuals and families. Health […]

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Should I Refinance My Mortgage and Do I Qualify

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With interest rates on 30 year fixed-rate mortgage loans below 4%, the lowest level since the 1950s, many borrowers are keen to refinance their home loans and other mortgages. By any long-term measure, current rates are a great deal and could result in tens of thousands of dollars in savings over the life of the […]

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Contact a Tax Advocate to Help Get Your Refund Released From The IRS

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Lisa had the following challenge with getting her refund released, what is she to do? 1/21 filed 1/23 accepted 1/25 1 bar WMR, tax topic 152, no codes, no messages of a letter 2/2 4464c letter sent out, do nothing wait 60 days, I received on 2/8 2/7 we’ve received your return and it’s still […]

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Contributing to an IRA and Roth IRA if You Already Have a 401K – Non Deductible IRA and Maximum Tax Deductible Contributions

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“Can I Contribute to an IRA, Roth IRA and a 401K if I have access to all these accounts? What are the limits and rules of doing so?” This is the kind of question I get fairly often and one that I actually had to recently sort out for myself. To determine if and how much you […]

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When Will My 2017 Tax Refund be Released and Deposited into My Bank Account

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The IRS has now started processing and releasing the majority of tax refund payments following delays due to the PATH act.  On various articles published on this site it has been good to see a lot of commentary from people now seeing their tax refunds being directly deposited to their bank accounts. In a lot of […]

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