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๐…๐Ž๐‘๐Œ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŽ ๐ข๐ง ๐’๐๐€๐๐ˆ๐’๐‡ & ๐Œ๐Ž๐‘๐„ (๐Ÿ—/๐Ÿ๐Ÿ•/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ)

As part of a larger effort to reach underserved communities, the Internal Revenue Service is taking a number of aggressive steps to expand information and assistance available to taxpayers in additional languages, including providing the Form 1040 in Spanish for the first time.

In addition to being available in English and Spanish, the 2020 Form 1040 will also give taxpayers the opportunity to indicate whether they wish to be contacted in a language other than English. This is a new feature available for the first time this coming filing season.

Other changes include Publication 1, Your Rights as a Taxpayer, is now available in 20 languages. The 2020 version of Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax, will be available early next year in seven languages โ€“ English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Korean and Chinese (Simplified and Traditional).

The agency’s newly expanded multilingual initiative is a key part of helping the IRS reach its goal of helping everyone, no matter where they live, what their background is, or what language they speak.

For more info, see https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-expands-tax-help-into-more-languages-form-1040-offered-in-spanish-and-more-services-information-available-in-multiple-languages

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๐“๐ก๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ ๐‰๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ, ๐.๐‚. ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฆ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ž๐๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ.

๐Ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ“ ๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐„๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ˆ๐‘๐’, ๐๐˜ & ๐๐‰ ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐€๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ, ๐€๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ & ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ .

๐–๐–๐–.๐“๐‰๐‚๐€๐‘๐‘๐Ž๐‹๐‹-๐‹๐€๐–.๐‚๐Ž๐Œ

๐‡๐ˆ๐†๐‡๐„๐‘ ๐๐„๐๐€๐‹๐“๐ˆ๐„๐’ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐‘๐„๐“๐”๐‘๐๐’ ๐…๐ˆ๐‹๐„๐ƒ ๐š๐Ÿ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐’๐„๐๐“. ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’ (๐Ÿ—/๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ)

Taxpayers who didn’t request an extension and still owe taxes face both the failure to file and the failure to pay penalties. They should file now and pay what they can before larger penalties take effect after September 14.

The penalty for not filing a federal tax return by the due date, or extended due date, is generally 5% of the unpaid tax for each month or part of a month that a tax return is late, up to 25% of the unpaid tax. However, if the return is more than 60 days late, a minimum penalty applies. If no return has been filed after 60 days, the minimum penalty that can be charged is $435 or 100% of the unpaid tax, whichever is less. This year, that important 60-day date occurs after Sept. 14. In addition to penalties, interest will also be charged on any tax not paid by the July 15 due date.

For more info, see https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-highlights-higher-penalties-for-some-tax-returns-filed-after-sept-14

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๐“๐ก๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ ๐‰๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ, ๐.๐‚. ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฆ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ž๐๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ.

๐Ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ“ ๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐„๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ˆ๐‘๐’, ๐๐˜ & ๐๐‰ ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐€๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ, ๐€๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ & ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ .

๐–๐–๐–.๐“๐‰๐‚๐€๐‘๐‘๐Ž๐‹๐‹-๐‹๐€๐–.๐‚๐Ž๐Œ

๐€๐Œ๐„๐๐ƒ๐„๐ƒ ๐“๐€๐— ๐‘๐„๐“๐”๐‘๐ ๐“๐ˆ๐๐’ (๐Ÿ—/๐Ÿ–/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ)

The IRS often finds and corrects errors but in certain situations taxpayers need to file an amended return to correct errors. Here are some quick tips for amending a tax return.

Use the Interactive Tax Assistant. Taxpayers can use the Who should file an amended return? interview tool to help determine if they should file an amended return to correct an error or make other changes to their return.

Donโ€™t amend for math errors or missing forms. The IRS may correct math or clerical errors on a return and may accept it even if the taxpayer forgot to attach certain tax forms or schedules. The IRS will mail a letter to the taxpayer, if necessary, requesting additional information.

File Form 1040-X to amend. Taxpayers must file on paper using Form 1040-X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, to correct their tax return. While taxpayers can use software to prepare Form 1040-X, they canโ€™t file Form 1040-X electronically. Taxpayers then sign and mail the Form 1040-X to the address listed in the instructions.

For more info, see https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USIRS/bulletins/29d399c

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๐“๐ก๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ ๐‰๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ, ๐.๐‚. ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฆ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ž๐๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ.

๐Ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ“ ๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐„๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ˆ๐‘๐’, ๐๐˜ & ๐๐‰ ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐€๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ, ๐€๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ & ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ .

๐–๐–๐–.๐“๐‰๐‚๐€๐‘๐‘๐Ž๐‹๐‹-๐‹๐€๐–.๐‚๐Ž๐Œ

๐’๐๐Ž๐”๐’๐„๐’ ๐ญ๐จ ๐†๐„๐“ ๐‚๐€๐“๐‚๐‡-๐”๐ ๐„๐‚๐Ž๐๐Ž๐Œ๐ˆ๐‚ ๐ˆ๐Œ๐๐€๐‚๐“ ๐๐€๐˜๐Œ๐„๐๐“๐’ (๐Ÿ—/๐Ÿ/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ)

The IRS will soon send catch-up Economic Impact Payment (EIP) checks to about 50,000 individuals whose portion of the EIP was diverted to pay their spouse’s past-due child support.

These catch-up payments are due to be issued in early-to-mid-September. They will be mailed as checks to any eligible spouse who submitted Form 8379, Injured Spouse Allocation, along with their 2019 federal income tax return, or in some cases, their 2018 return. These spouses do not need to take any action to get their money. The IRS will automatically issue the portion of the EIP that was applied to the other spouse’s debt.

For more info, see https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-50000-spouses-to-get-catch-up-economic-impact-payments

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๐“๐ก๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ ๐‰๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ, ๐.๐‚. ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฆ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ž๐๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ.

๐Ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ“ ๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐„๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ˆ๐‘๐’, ๐๐˜ & ๐๐‰ ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐€๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ, ๐€๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ & ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ .

๐–๐–๐–.๐“๐‰๐‚๐€๐‘๐‘๐Ž๐‹๐‹-๐‹๐€๐–.๐‚๐Ž๐Œ

๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŽ ๐ญ๐จ ๐€๐’๐Š ๐€๐๐Ž๐”๐“ ๐•๐ˆ๐‘๐“๐”๐€๐‹ ๐‚๐”๐‘๐‘๐„๐๐‚๐˜ (๐Ÿ–/๐Ÿ๐Ÿ”/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ)

The draft 2020 Form 1040 inquires about Virtual Currency.

On the top of the page below the Name Section, the following question appears:

โ€œAt any time during 2020, did you receive, sell, send, exchange or otherwise acquire any financial interest in any virtual currency?โ€

Taxpayers who file Form 1040 should check the appropriate box to answer the virtual currency question.

For a copy of the draft 2020 Form 1040, see https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-dft/f1040–dft.pdf

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๐“๐ก๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ ๐‰๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ, ๐.๐‚. ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฆ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ž๐๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ.

๐Ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ“ ๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐„๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ˆ๐‘๐’, ๐๐˜ & ๐๐‰ ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐€๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ, ๐€๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ & ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ .

๐–๐–๐–.๐“๐‰๐‚๐€๐‘๐‘๐Ž๐‹๐‹-๐‹๐€๐–.๐‚๐Ž๐Œ

๐’๐Œ๐€๐‹๐‹ ๐๐”๐’๐ˆ๐๐„๐’๐’/๐’๐„๐‹๐… ๐„๐Œ๐๐‹๐Ž๐˜๐„๐ƒ (๐’๐/๐’๐„) ๐†๐‘๐Ž๐”๐ ๐€๐”๐ƒ๐ˆ๐“ ๐“๐€๐‘๐†๐„๐“๐’ (๐Ÿ–/๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ)

The SB/SE group of the IRS focuses on small businesses and self employed taxpayers. The groupโ€™s annual report (Publication 5409 6/2020) details the following audit targets:

โ€ข NON-FILERS. Non-filers are one of the three major contributors to the tax gap with an estimated contribution of $39 billion. To remedy the situation, the SB/SE group is focusing resources by forming organizational structures and changing procedures to hone in on non-filers.
โ€ข FRAUD. SB/SE is home of the IRS Fraud Program Office, where fraud technical advisors provide fraud policy and operations support to all IRS operations. The office will help develop indicators of fraud into referrals to IRS Criminal Investigation (CI) or recommendations to assert civil fraud penalties.
โ€ข VIRTUAL CURRENCY. SB/SE is working with IRS Chief Counsel and other business units to establish a virtual currency team. In 2019, SB/SE Examination began virtual/cryptocurrency audits and Bank Secrecy Act examinations of virtual currency exchanges and kiosk operators while SB/SE Collection began specialized training for subject matter experts.

For more info, see https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p5409.pdf

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๐“๐ก๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ ๐‰๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ, ๐.๐‚. ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฆ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ž๐๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ.

๐Ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ“ ๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐„๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ˆ๐‘๐’, ๐๐˜ & ๐๐‰ ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐€๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ, ๐€๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ & ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ .

๐–๐–๐–.๐“๐‰๐‚๐€๐‘๐‘๐Ž๐‹๐‹-๐‹๐€๐–.๐‚๐Ž๐Œ

๐๐„๐– ๐‚๐‡๐€๐๐‚๐„ ๐ญ๐จ ๐†๐„๐“ $๐Ÿ“๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ ๐‚๐‡๐ˆ๐‹๐ƒ (๐Ÿ–/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ)

IRS has reopened the registration period for federal beneficiaries who didnโ€™t receive $500 per child payments earlier this year.

The IRS urges certain federal benefit recipients to use the IRS.gov Non-Filers tool starting Aug. 15 through Sept. 30 to enter information on their qualifying children to receive the supplemental $500 payments.

Those eligible to provide this information include people with qualifying children who receive Social Security retirement, survivor or disability benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Railroad Retirement benefits and Veterans Affairs Compensation and Pension (C&P) benefits and did not file a tax return in 2018 or 2019.

The IRS anticipates the catch-up payments, equal to $500 per eligible child, will be issued by mid-October.

For more info, see https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USIRS/bulletins/29a48ec?reqfrom=share

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๐“๐ก๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ ๐‰๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ, ๐.๐‚. ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฆ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ž๐๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ.

๐Ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ“ ๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐„๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ˆ๐‘๐’, ๐๐˜ & ๐๐‰ ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐€๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ, ๐€๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ & ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ .

๐–๐–๐–.๐“๐‰๐‚๐€๐‘๐‘๐Ž๐‹๐‹-๐‹๐€๐–.๐‚๐Ž๐Œ

๐‘๐„๐‹๐ˆ๐„๐… ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐๐€๐ƒ ๐‚๐‡๐„๐‚๐Š ๐๐„๐๐€๐‹๐“๐ˆ๐„๐’ ๐จ๐ง ๐ƒ๐ˆ๐’๐‡๐Ž๐๐Ž๐‘๐„๐ƒ ๐‚๐‡๐„๐‚๐Š๐’ (๐Ÿ–/๐Ÿ๐Ÿ•/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ)

If your client mailed a check with or without a tax return, it may still be unopened in the backlog of mail the IRS is processing due to COVID-19. Any payments will be posted as the date IRS received them rather than the date the agency processed them.

To avoid penalties and interest, taxpayers should not cancel their checks and should ensure funds continue to be available so the IRS can process them. To provide fair and equitable treatment, the IRS is providing relief from bad check penalties for dishonored checks the agency received between March 1 and July 15 due to delays in IRS processing. However, interest and penalties may still apply.

Due to high call volumes, the IRS suggests waiting to contact the agency about any unprocessed paper payments still pending. See www.irs.gov/payments for options to make payments other than by mail.

See, https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-operations-during-covid-19-mission-critical-functions-continue

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๐“๐ก๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ ๐‰๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ, ๐.๐‚. ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฆ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ž๐๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ.

๐Ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ“ ๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐„๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ˆ๐‘๐’, ๐๐˜ & ๐๐‰ ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐€๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ, ๐€๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ & ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ .

๐–๐–๐–.๐“๐‰๐‚๐€๐‘๐‘๐Ž๐‹๐‹-๐‹๐€๐–.๐‚๐Ž๐Œ

๐‘๐„๐…๐”๐๐ƒ๐’ ๐ƒ๐ˆ๐’๐€๐๐๐Ž๐ˆ๐๐“๐ˆ๐๐† – ๐€๐†๐€๐ˆ๐ ! (๐Ÿ–/๐Ÿ”/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ)

According to the most recent IRS statistics (7/24/2020), the number of refunds are down 3.1%. The total amount of refunds are down 3.1%. And the average individual refund is unchanged at $2,741.

Last yearโ€™s refunds were also down. The fact that refunds (in number and total dollars) are down for two years in a row after the โ€œBiggest Tax Cuts and Reformsโ€ is pretty amazing and scary.

How do we have the โ€œBiggest Tax Cuts and Reformsโ€ in history and unchanged individual refund amounts ?
Easy, it wasnโ€™t intended for everyone-just the few.

For 7/24/2020 refund statistics, see https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/filing-season-statistics-for-week-ending-july-24-2020

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๐“๐ก๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ ๐‰๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ, ๐.๐‚. ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฆ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ž๐๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ.

๐Ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ“ ๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐„๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ˆ๐‘๐’, ๐๐˜ & ๐๐‰ ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐€๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ, ๐€๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ & ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ .

๐–๐–๐–.๐“๐‰๐‚๐€๐‘๐‘๐Ž๐‹๐‹-๐‹๐€๐–.๐‚๐Ž๐Œ

๐๐‰ ๐’๐€๐‹๐„๐’ ๐“๐€๐— ๐จ๐ง ๐‚๐Ž๐•๐ˆ๐ƒ-๐Ÿ๐Ÿ— ๐’๐”๐‘๐‚๐‡๐€๐‘๐†๐„๐’ (๐Ÿ–/๐Ÿ’/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ)

Some businesses have begun to include a surcharge for COVID-19 precaution and prevention costs (e.g., COVID-19 Fee, Coronavirus Fee, PPE Fee, Sanitation Fee, Cleaning Fee, etc.) on customers’ invoices. Determining if the surcharge to cover COVID-19 costs, such as masks, gloves, and cleaning supplies, is subject to Sales Tax depends on whether the service provided or the product sold by a business is taxable.

As the surcharge is part of the sales price, the taxability of a COVID-19 precautions surcharge depends on the taxability of the service provided or the product sold.

So, if a service or product a business is offering is not subject to Sales Tax, then the COVID-19-related surcharge is also not subject to tax.

If the transaction is for a service or product that is subject to Sales Tax, then the COVID-19-related surcharge is subject to tax.

For more info, see https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/SalesTaxSurchargesCOVID-19Precautions.shtml

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๐“๐ก๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ ๐‰๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ, ๐.๐‚. ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฆ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ž๐๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ.

๐Ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ“ ๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐„๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ˆ๐‘๐’, ๐๐˜ & ๐๐‰ ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐€๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ, ๐€๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ & ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ .

๐–๐–๐–.๐“๐‰๐‚๐€๐‘๐‘๐Ž๐‹๐‹-๐‹๐€๐–.๐‚๐Ž๐Œ