The Advance Premium Tax Credit can lower your monthly health insurance payment. It came into being in 2010 when President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as "the ACA" or "Obamacare"). One of the provisions of the ACA was the Premium Tax Credit.
The credit reduces your premium when applying for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, at healthcare.gov. But how does it work?
Economic Impact Payments, or as they are commonly called, "Stimulus Payments," are already arriving in people's bank accounts. Payments are only being made electronically. Have a question about the money you received (or think you should receive)?
A new law signed by President Trump on March 27 provides a variety of tax and financial relief measures to help Americans during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This article explains some of the tax relief for individuals in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
One of the most laborious tasks for small businesses is managing payroll. But it’s critical that you not only withhold the right amount of taxes from employees’ paychecks but also that you pay them over to the federal government on time.
When a married couple files a joint tax return, each spouse is “jointly and severally” liable for the full amount of tax on the couple’s combined income. Therefore, the IRS can come after either spouse to collect the entire tax — not just the part that’s attributed to one spouse or the other. This includes any tax deficiency that the IRS assesses after an audit, as well as any penalties and interest. (However, the civil fraud penalty can be imposed only on spouses who’ve actually committed fraud.)
If federal income tax and employment taxes (including Social Security) are withheld from employees’ paychecks and not handed over to the IRS, a harsh penalty can be imposed. To make matters worse, the penalty can be assessed personally against a “responsible individual.”
If a business makes payroll tax payments late, there are escalating penalties. And if an employer fails to make them, the IRS will crack down hard. With the “Trust Fund Recovery Penalty,” also known as the “100% Penalty,” the IRS can assess the entire unpaid amount against a responsible person who willfully fails to comply with the law.
Think you pay too much in taxes?
The IRS recently released statistics for the 2016 filing year. See how you compare.
Nobody likes to pay penalties. Even the very word conjures negative images in our minds.
Payment of taxes feels like penalty enough. Failure to pay enough tax to the IRS can result in an underpayment penalty. But you can avoid the penalty.
Everyone loves getting a refund. The only thing better than getting a refund check in the mail is getting a refund direct deposited a few weeks earlier.
Sometimes there is a problem, and the refund doesn't show up when expected. If that happens to you, here's what to do.
There is a familiar buzz in the air this time of year. Some anxiously awaiting their tax refund, others wondering why the heck they aren’t getting a tax refund at all. Even worse, some shocked by the news of a big fat tax bill they weren’t expecting. We all start to believe, or at the very least wonder, if an effective tax strategy is determined by the answer to this one question - “how big is your tax refund?”
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