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Pass-through tax guidance delayed till end of month

Every tax-paying American knows that new tax laws were passed at the end of 2017. Now businesses defined as limited liability companies (LLC), partnerships and S corporations are reportedly going to be able to pay 20 percent less taxes through a special tax break for pass through businesses (these entities don't pay taxes at a corporate level, thus owners avoid taxing your business and then you again for personal income taxes), but the actual guidelines of how it will work have yet to be announced.

IRS Recommends a paycheck checkup

Paying taxes is something we all do. While it is never fun to go through an entire year of pay stubs, receipts, bills and other financial paperwork, it is even worse when you have to do it and then unexpectedly pay a lot of money. The IRS has now sent a reminder to taxpayers to plan ahead with a “paycheck checkup” to avoid having to pay unexpected amounts again next year.

Freelancers May Get A Tax New Break

Tax law’s new 20 percent pass-through deduction may provide a break to the estimated 40 million gig economy workers and freelancers in the U.S. who work as sole proprietorships and partnerships. However, before everyone who fits into this category starts celebrating, there are important issues that need to be considered:

Why is the tax deadline on April 17 this year?

The past year brought many new changes regarding taxes. In winter of 2017, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which overhauls many aspects of the American tax code. Many taxpayers have had to adjust to the myriad changes in tax laws. Another change that American taxpayers have had to adjust to this year is the extended tax deadline of April 17.

The simple tax mistakes that could delay your refund

With just one more week to file annual income taxes, many Americans are rushing to prepare their returns on time. Filing taxes at the last minute is hardly ideal, it is the choice that many busy taxpayers make. What many people don’t realize is that rushing through their taxes can lead to easy-to-avoid mistakes that could end up costing you.

Beware these tax scams before filing in Ohio

The Ohio attorney general announced this week that there has been an increase in consumer reports of tax scams. There have been nearly 800 reports of tax scams reported to the Ohio Attorney General’s Help Center this year. With the tax-filing deadline only two weeks away, the Attorney General’s Office is ramping up its efforts to warn consumers of potential tax scams.

Don’t want to itemize? You can still claim these deductions

Taxpayers have the option of claiming the standard deduction or itemizing their deductions. Itemizing can mean a bigger tax refund, but it is also a very detailed process that can be a pain in the neck to complete. With the filing deadline just a month away, you are probably wondering which method is best for you.

Pointers for preparing your business taxes

As a business owner, you know just how exhausting the tax season can be. Not only are you responsible for your private, individual tax returns, you must also worry about filing taxes for your business. This is no mean feat. In fact, the National Small Business Association estimates that half of small businesses in the United States spend over 40 hours a year on their taxes.

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