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IRS Warns: Don’t Fall for Fake Communications

By | February 23rd, 2011|Categories: Potpourri of Tax Topics|Tags: |

The IRS reminds us not to fall for con artists claiming to be from the IRS.  Most of the scams involve attempts to get bank account information from people.  The IRS never asks for things like PIN numbers or account passwords, and the IRS never initiates contact with a taxpayer via e-mail.  The official IRS website [...]

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Tax Headaches for Same-Sex Couples in California, Nevada and Washington

By | January 15th, 2011|Categories: Same-Sex Marriage and Taxes|Tags: , , , |

The New York Times has a good article about the tax headaches faced by same-sex married couples in California, Nevada and Washington, where special "community property rules" apply.  An IRS ruling in 2010 allows same-sex married couples in those states to calculate their federal taxes in the same was as opposite-sex couples.  Most people considered the [...]

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Oops! Yale Payroll Error Costs Gay Employees

By | January 14th, 2011|Categories: Same-Sex Marriage and Taxes|Tags: , |

Yale University says it made a payroll error that resulted in under-withholding for 61 employees with same-sex partners.  Yale failed to withhold federal taxes on the value of domestic partner health insurance during 2010.  Same-sex marriage is legal in Connecticut, where Yale is located, but the federal government does not recognize same-sex marriage.  The issue here is [...]

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The IRS is Now on Twitter

By | December 8th, 2010|Categories: Potpourri of Tax Topics|Tags: |

The IRS announced yesterday that it now has a Twitter account.  From "IRS Special Edition Tax Tip 2010-14": The IRS announced yesterday that it now has a Twitter account.  From "IRS Special Edition Tax Tip 2010-14": The Internal Revenue Service is using Twitter and other social media tools to share information with taxpayers and the tax [...]

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Making Work Pay Credit Expires – Paychecks Will Decrease

By | December 2nd, 2010|Categories: Potpourri of Tax Topics|Tags: , |

I haven't seen much media coverage of the "Making Work Pay Credit," but this credit expires soon and will cause a lot of people's paychecks to be smaller in 2011. The Making Work Pay Credit was part of the 2009 economic "stimulus" package and existed in 2009 and 2010, but is set to expire on December [...]

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