If you work abroad, and your income is taxed in the foreign country in which you work, you must still report that income on your U.S. income tax return. However, there are treaties in place to help mitigate double taxation. For more information on reporting foreign-earned income, read this C.P.A. Insight.
Although employers are required to furnish your Form W-2 by January 31, 2009, sometimes circumstances prevent this from happening. Nonetheless, you still must file your tax return on time, even if you do not receive your W-2. There are ways in which you can substitute the W-2 form in order to meet the tax filing deadline. For more information about what to do if you haven’t received your Form W-2, read this C.P.A. Insight.
They say paying your federal taxes is the hard part. Actually, theÂ U.S. Department of Treasury has made it pretty easy by providingÂ taxpayers a free service called Electronic Federal Tax Payment System so that you can pay your tax bill 24 hours a day, seven days a week by phone or by Internet. For more information on how the process works, read this C.P.A. Insight.
In a sneaky attempt to avoid FICA, Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes, some S corporation owners and officers pay themselves artificially low salaries. The IRS is catching on and is paying very close attention to the salaries and corporate distributions S corporations pay out. For more information on how the IRS categorizes officers of S corps, read this C.P.A. Insight.
It is no secret that the IRS has increased the number of audits they perform. If you receive an envelope from the IRS, there is no need to run screaming for the hills. The IRS generates thousands of letter, many of them a benign correspondence to clarify information you have sent them. For more information on IRS correspondence, read this C.P.A. Insight.