Another strong warning from the IRS is alerting taxpayers to phone scams that have already resulted in 90,000 complaints and the theft of millions of dollars. Here's how the typical scam works: The caller claims to be from the IRS and, using hostile and abusive language, demands immediate payment of taxes by a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. The IRS reminds taxpayers it will never contact you by phone about owed taxes; the first contact will be by mail. It will never ask for credit, debit, or prepaid card information in a phone call, and it will never request immediate payment over the phone.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
If you drive your car on behalf of a charitable organization and there is no element of personal pleasure, recreation, or vacation involved, you may take a tax deduction for either your actual vehicle expenses or the standard mileage rate of 14 cents a mile, plus parking fees and tolls.
Friday, September 19, 2014
For a parent, estate planning is especially important. The first priority is to make sure your children are protected in the event that something happens to you. Your estate plan should appoint guardians for your minor children, as well as provide for their financial well-being.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
If your children have earnings from summer or after-school jobs, encourage them to open IRA accounts. The additional years of tax-free compounding can produce huge additional savings by the time your children reach retirement age.