Monthly Archives: February 2018

When the EITC is Denied

If a taxpayer has had an EITC claim denied for any year after 1996, or if the EITC claim was reduced, and not due to a mathematical or clerical error, the taxpayer is required to attach Form 8862 the next time he tries to claim the EITC. If not, the claim is automatically denied. This […]

It’s tax time again. Be sure you’re prepared to file by gathering all the forms and documents you’ll need. Here are the most common things taxpayers use to complete their taxes, starting with the most basic: Last year’s tax return – federal and state. Not a requirement but used to compare what you filed last […]

Victim of a Tax Identity Theft?

If you think you’ve been a victim of a tax identity theft, you should call the IRS immediately. The IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit can be reached at 1-800-908-4490. The more paperwork you have to prove you are whom you claim to be, dating as far back as possible, will help your claim. You’ll also […]

Cryptocurrency and Taxes

Are you investing in the cryptocurrency market? Last tax year, did you sell some Bitcoin or other type of cryptocurrency? If so, you treat the investment the same as capital assets, similar to a stock or bond. Any gains or losses are taken against the market value of the cryptocurrency when you first acquired it. […]

What is a 529 Plan?

A 529 plan is maintained by the state to help residents save for college. You aren’t eligible to deduct contributions made to a 529 plan, but your contributions will increase tax-free for as long as it remains saved in the plan. Even if you use the money for qualified educational expenses, earnings continue to be […]

Real Estate Sales

At tax time, you have to be cognizant of any sales of houses or other real estate that you made during the past year, as they can have tax implications. You’ll need to report the sale of your home or other structures, including land (with added improvements or not) and interest in condos and cooperative […]

What is a Form 1099-A?

A homeowner who has a home in foreclosure can expect to receive a Form 1099-A from the lender. This form reports all the necessary information you’ll need to file your tax return in relation to your home foreclosure. Capital Gains In the eyes of the IRS, a foreclosure is the same as if you sold […]

Form 5498

Saving for retirement with an IRA or other tax-advantaged account will generate a Form 5498 from your financial institution at the beginning of tax time. Your financial institution also sends the IRS a copy of the form, which documents how much you contributed to your IRA during the year. Information Reported The Form 5498 reports: […]

Form 1099-B: Investment Securities

You’ll receive a Form 1099-B from your broker whenever you sell investment securities. Form 1099-B lists the pertinent information about your sales, including date, description and proceeds, and if known, your cost basis. Investment gains and losses affect your taxes, so you’ll have to report all the required information about your investments when you file. […]

Different Types of 1099 Forms

There are many different Form-1099s that you may encounter when tax season rolls around. Some of the most common include: 1099-A: If your mortgage lender cancels some or all your mortgage, or your home was sold in a short sale, you’ll likely receive a 1099-A. Because the IRS considers canceled debt to be equivalent to […]