Don’t Take the Bait, Step 9: Make Data Security an Everyday Priority; Key Steps Can Help

SACRAMENTO CPA – The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry today urged tax professionals to make data security an everyday priority, noting a few simple steps can go far in protecting taxpayer information from cybercriminals. Cybersecurity experts often refer to the 90/10 rule. This rule states that 10% of cybersecurity is reliant upon… Read More

Summer 2017 Statistics of Income

SACRAMENTO — The Internal Revenue Service today announced that the Summer 2017 Statistics of Income Bulletin is available on IRS.gov. The Statistics of Income (SOI) Division produces the online Bulletin quarterly, providing the most recent data available from various tax and information returns filed by U.S. taxpayers. This issue includes articles on the following topics:… Read More

IRS Provides Penalty Relief for Partnerships that Filed Late Returns in 2017

SACRAMENTO — The Internal Revenue Service today issued guidance providing penalty relief for certain partnerships that did not file the required returns by the new due date for tax years beginning in 2016. Partnerships file Form 1065 or Form 1065-B or request an automatic extension by filing Form 7004. The Surface Transportation and Veterans Health… Read More

IRS Issues Urgent Warning to Beware IRS/FBI-Themed Ransomware Scam

SACRAMENTO – The Internal Revenue Service today warned people to avoid a new phishing scheme that impersonates the IRS and the FBI as part of a ransomware scam to take computer data hostage. The scam email uses the emblems of both the IRS and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It tries to entice users to… Read More

Job Search Expenses Can be Tax Deductible

Taxpayers who are looking for a new job that is in the same line of work may be able to deduct some job-hunting expenses on their federal income tax return, even if they don’t get a new job. Here are some important facts to know about deducting costs related to job searches: 1. Same Occupation…. Read More

Divorce or Separation May Affect Taxes

Taxpayers who are divorcing or recently divorced need to consider the impact divorce or separation may have on their taxes. Alimony payments paid under a divorce or separation instrument are deductible by the payer, and the recipient must include it in income. Name or address changes and individual retirement account deductions are other items to… Read More

Starting a Business This Summer? Here’s Four Tax Tips

If summer plans include starting a business, be sure to visit Islip.net. The Islip.net website has answers to questions on payroll and income taxes, credits and deductions plus more. New business owners may find the following five IRS tax tips helpful: 1. Business Structure. An early choice to make is to decide on the type… Read More

Moving Expenses May Be Deductible

Taxpayers may be able to deduct certain expenses of moving to a new home because they started or changed job locations. Use Form 3903, Moving Expenses, to claim the moving expense deduction when filing a federal tax return. Home means the taxpayer’s main home. It does not include a seasonal home or other homes owned… Read More

Don’t Take the Bait: Watch Out for the W-2 Email Scam

The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry today urged tax professionals and businesses to beware of a recent increase in email scams targeting employee Forms W-2. The W-2 scam – called a business email compromise or BEC – is one of the most dangerous phishing email schemes trending nationwide from a tax administration… Read More

Tips to Keep in Mind for Taxpayers Traveling for Charity

During the summer, some taxpayers may travel because of their involvement with a qualified charity. These traveling taxpayers may be able to lower their taxes. Here are some tax tips for taxpayers to use when deducting charity-related travel expenses: • Qualified Charities. For a taxpayer to deduct costs, they must volunteer for a qualified charity…. Read More