Taxes and Retirement

2017 Tax Refund Payment Delays Likely According to the IRS – Continuing 2016 Trend

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It looks like we may have a repeat of 2016 tax refund payment delays millions of American’s faced (and are still facing) this year. The IRS recently warned that there will likely be 2017 tax refund delays (for 2016 taxes due by April 15, 2017) for certain taxpayers subject to several new factors and legislation enacted […]

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2016 SEP IRA Contribution Limits and Eligibility Rules

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[Updated for 2016 limits]  A year or so after starting my small business and completing my first annual tax return that showed a slight profit, my accountant advised that I start looking into a retirement account/plan for my business in order to lower my overall tax bill and also effectively set aside some of my […]

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2016 vs 2017 Traditional IRA versus Roth IRA – Contribution and Phase-out Income Limits

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I regularly receive reader questions asking me to clarify the difference between a Roth IRA and Traditional IRA plan. Both are excellent retirement investment vehicles, but based on your income and tax situation one may be a better first choice than the other. Here are some key differences and a summary table of the two retirement investment […]

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Tax Filing Deadline – Get Your Refund and Avoid Penalties

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With the deadline for the primary part of the tax season upon us make sure you file in time to avoid penalties or submit a free extension request for an October filing  date – you still need to pay any taxes due. If you have filed you hopefully have gotten your tax refund by now, or if you […]

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California’s Employment Development Department for Unemployment Insurance

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California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) manages the Unemployment Insurance (UI) and State Disability Insurance (SDI) programs for the State of California. SDI includes both Disability Insurance (DI) and Paid Family Leave (PFL). You can file a claim for all of these programs online, by phone, or by mail. Mail – CA EDD Unemployment Insurance Employment Development […]

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How Can I Actually Speak to a Real Person or Agent at the IRS – Phone Numbers That Work

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With so many people experiencing high levels of frustration around getting information on their tax refund delays, I thought I would take some of the feedback and tips across 5000 comments from my recently updated IRS schedule article and post some ideas on how to contact the IRS and get an actual agent on the line. These […]

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IRS Identity Review and Validation Options – Phone and Online – to Reduce Refund Payment Delays

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You filed your return in a timely manner and were waiting for your refund to be sent within the standard timeline that IRS promises. But alas, it has been much longer than that and you are wondering, “Where is my DAMN refund!” In a lot of recent cases, it appears that the IRS is delaying refund processing […]

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2016 Amended Tax Return Refund Schedule, Rules, Form 1040X and Deadlines

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So you have submitted your tax return and at some stage down the road you notice that you forgot to claim one of the many stimulus credits or qualified deductions. You may think that this money is gone now that your return has been submitted but you would be wrong; since you can actually send […]

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Thank God I Got My Tax Refund! Americans Get Religious With IRS Refund Delays

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People are getting very frustrated with delays they are seeing around getting their federal tax refunds. Despite the IRS saying that 9 out of 10 refunds will be processed in under 21 days, there have been a lot of people who seem to waiting a lot longer than the standard schedule. What’s exacerbated  this situation is the […]

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WMR and IRS2Go Status Differences – Return Received, Accepted or Under Review and Refund Approved versus Refund Sent

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On my post covering the IRS Refund Cycle Schedule I am seeing a lot of comments around the refund processing status’ on the IRS Where is My Refund (WMR) website or on the IRS2Go mobile app. Clearly there is a lot of confusion as people anxiously await their refunds and are unclear of how the IRS […]

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