IRS warning: Don't be a victim of 'ghost' tax return preparers

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The EITC was created as a tax benefit for low- to mid-income families.

Should you incur a failure-to-pay penalty, the charge is 0.5% per month or partial month that the charge is outstanding and is limited to 25% of the total taxes owed.

If you file as self-employed but had net earnings - meaning income after expenses - below $400, you don't need to file a federal tax return unless you received subsidies for health insurance.

"The name on your tax return should match exactly what is on your Social Security card", he said.

Violations of the city tax ordinance is considered a misdemeanor by law, and after many reminders from the city, we will put a warrant out for arrest if the resident still fails to comply.

Hutchens said the Internal Revenue Service also offers a call center anyone can access if they need assistance. "The failure-to-file penalty is generally more than the failure-to-pay penalty", the IRS writes on its own website, so at least make sure you get those forms filled out on time. You had grand plans to file your taxes this year way ahead of the rush - you even got all those discount emails from several tax filing firms - but life just got in the way.


Students should be aware that truthful reporting of their income is highly encouraged, as you can be audited for "under-reporting", whether you are a student or not.

"For a lot of people, their income may have been higher in 2016 because their income went down in 2017 because they couldn't work because of the post-Harvey problems", Martin said. It can also be hard for student employees to prove such earnings. I do have to say that the IRS, the software providers, and tax preparers have rolled with Congress' antics and those changes quite well.

"Once this money is gone, it's gone and it's going outside of the United States and it makes these cases extremely hard to prosecute and try to determine where they originated", Ivens said. "I don't think the IRS often chooses to, but they are well within their right". The IRS also can not revoke a driver's license, business license or immigration status. They should ensure they are comfortable with the accuracy of their tax return. "They're going to send you a letter".

"You could pay however you want", Welch said.

Actually, no. Some groups of US citizen are automatically given more time to file their taxes without asking for it or filling out paperwork.

"Paying someone to do them for you can be a good way to relieve some headache, and according to the survey, a third of Millennials already know this", Meg Sutton, director with H&R Block, said in a statement.

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