You were surprised to get a letter from the Internal Revenue Service. Even more surprising was that the IRS wanted to send out a revenue officer to talk to you.  It’s not common for people to deal with these officers directly, but they could if the IRS finds that they cannot collect debts from you…

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Even people who don’t have particularly complicated tax returns often rely on professional tax preparers for all sorts of reasons. They want to ensure that they take advantage of all possible deductibles and credits, they can’t keep up with all of the changes to the tax laws, and/or they simply don’t have the time or…

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Deductions are a critical part of the United States tax code because they allow people to reduce the amount of tax they have to pay because of other payments they have already made or donations to charitable causes.  People can write off business-related expenses both incurred as part of a job for an employer and…

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If you owe the IRS money, it’s critical that you do whatever you can to make things right. One thing is for sure: The IRS won’t go away until you pay back every last cent that you owe. Depending on the circumstances, the IRS may garnish your wages as a means of collecting the money…

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Does the fear of a tax audit sometimes haunt your dreams or keep you up at night? If so, you’re not alone. Nobody really wants to deal with an audit, especially since even a simple mistake can expose you to fines, interest and other penalties. Well, this may be welcome news: The Internal Revenue Service has…

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Sign on IRS headquarter building in Washington, DC

In the midst of everything else that is currently going on in the country and across the globe, some aspects of life have to go on regardless. For instance, taxpayers here in Missouri and elsewhere have tax returns to attend to. Recently, the Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, announced that taxpayers will receive some relief from that obligation. However, the news…

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Woman opening an empty wallet

If you have run the preliminary numbers for your 2019 taxes, you may have expected a sizable refund. Before you even file your income tax return, you may have thought of how you would spend that money. Like other Missouri residents expecting a refund, you filed your taxes early in anticipation of seeing that deposit into your bank account. Unfortunately,…

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Many would say that the earned income tax credit is one of the most beneficial and confusing credits in the U.S. Tax Code. Each year, a number of people who would otherwise qualify for this credit pass it by, even though it could save them a significant amount on their tax bill or provide them with a refund. Part of…

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State and local income tax written in a note

While many people tend to focus on their federal income tax returns, many people will also need to pay attention to their state income taxes as well since Missouri is not one of the nine states that do not have income tax. It may not surprise you that there are some misconceptions regarding state income taxes out there, especially since…

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Scam Alert written on multiple signs

The IRS officially opened its doors for the 2019 tax season on Jan. 27. Like others here in Missouri, you may be gathering your documents and dreading figuring out whether you will have to pay or will get a refund this year. It’s kind of like playing roulette since you never quite know how your taxes will turn out, especially…

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