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Did you file your taxes on time? If not, do you know what to expect?

What to Know about Late Filing and Late Paying Penalties

April 15 was the tax day deadline for most people. If you are due a refund there is no penalty if you file a late tax return. But if you owe tax, and you failed to file and pay on time, you will usually owe interest and penalties on the tax you pay late. You should file your tax return and pay the tax as soon as possible to stop them. Here are eight facts that you should know about these penalties.

1.    Two penalties may apply.  If you file your federal tax return late and owe tax with the return, two penalties may apply. The first is a failure-to-file penalty for late filing. The second is a failure-to-pay penalty for paying late.

2.    Penalty for late filing.  The failure-to-file penalty is normally 5 percent of the unpaid taxes for each month or part of a month that a tax return is late. It will not exceed 25 percent of your unpaid taxes.

3.    Minimum late filing penalty.  If you file your return more than 60 days after the due date or extended due date, the minimum penalty for late filing is the smaller of $135 or 100 percent of the unpaid tax.

4.    Penalty for late payment.  The failure-to-pay penalty is generally 0.5 percent per month of your unpaid taxes. It applies for each month or part of a month your taxes remain unpaid and starts accruing the day after taxes are due. It can build up to as much as 25 percent of your unpaid taxes.

5.    Combined penalty per month.  If the failure-to-file penalty and the failure-to-pay penalty both apply in any month, the maximum amount charged for those two penalties that month is 5 percent.

6.    File even if you can’t pay.  In most cases, the failure-to-file penalty is 10 times more than the failure-to-pay penalty. So if you can’t pay in full, you should file your tax return and pay as much as you can. Use IRS Direct Pay to pay your tax directly from your checking or savings account. You should try other options to pay, such as getting a loan or paying by debit or credit card. The IRS will work with you to help you resolve your tax debt. Most people can set up an installment agreement with the IRS using the Online Payment Agreement tool on IRS.gov.

7.    Late payment penalty may not apply.  If you requested an extension of time to file your income tax return by the tax due date and paid at least 90 percent of the taxes you owe, you may not face a failure-to-pay penalty. However, you must pay the remaining balance by the extended due date. You will owe interest on any taxes you pay after the April 15 due date.

8.    No penalty if reasonable cause.  You will not have to pay a failure-to-file or failure-to-pay penalty if you can show reasonable cause for not filing or paying on time. There is also penalty relief available for repayment of excess advance payments of the premium tax credit for 2014.

Changing your name can affect your taxes…

What You Should Know if You Changed Your Name

IRS Tax Tip 2015-22

If you changed your name last year, it can affect your taxes. All the names on your tax return must match Social Security Administration records. A name mismatch can delay your refund. Here’s what you should know if you changed your name:

• Report Name Changes.  Did you get married and are now using your new spouse’s last name or hyphenated your last name? Did you divorce and go back to using your former last name? In either case, you should notify the SSA of your name change. That way, your new name on your IRS records will match up with your SSA records.

• Dependent Name Change.  Notify the SSA if your dependent had a name change. For example, this could apply if you adopted a child and the child’s last name changed.

If you adopted a child who does not have a SSN, you may use an Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number on your tax return. An ATIN is a temporary number. You can apply for an ATIN by filing Form W-7A, Application for Taxpayer Identification Number for Pending U.S. Adoptions, with the IRS. You can visit IRS.gov to view, download, print or order the form at any time.

• Get a New Card.  File Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card, to notify SSA of your name change. You can get the form on SSA.gov or call 800-772-1213 to order it. Your new card will show your new name with the same SSN you had before.

• Report Changes in Circumstances in 2015.  If you purchase health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace you may get advance payments of the premium tax credit in 2015. If you do, be sure to report changes in circumstances, such as a name change, a new address and a change in your income or family size to your Marketplace throughout the year. Reporting changes will help make sure that you get the proper type and amount of financial assistance and will help you avoid getting too much or too little in advance.

You may be eligible for the Retirement Savings Credit? Learn more here…

Save on Your Taxes and for Retirement with the Saver’s Credit

If you contribute to a retirement plan, like a 401(k) or an IRA, you may be able to claim the Saver’s Credit. This credit can help you save for retirement and reduce the tax you owe. Here are some key facts that you should know about this important tax credit:

•    Formal Name.  The formal name of the Saver’s Credit is the Retirement Savings Contribution Credit. The Saver’s Credit is in addition to other tax savings you get if you set aside money for retirement. For example, you may be able to deduct your contributions to a traditional IRA.

•    Maximum Credit.  The Saver’s Credit is worth up to $2,000 if you are married and file a joint return. The credit is worth up to $1,000 if you are single. The credit you receive is often much less than the maximum. This is due in part because of the deductions and other credits you may claim.

•    Income Limits.  You may be able to claim the credit depending on your filing status and the amount of your yearly income. You may be eligible for the credit on your 2014 tax return if you are:

o    Married filing jointly with income up to $60,000

o    Head of household with income up to $45,000

o    Married filing separately or a single taxpayer with income up to $30,000

•    Other Rules.  Other rules that apply to the credit include:

o    You must be at least 18 years of age.

o    You can’t have been a full-time student in 2014.

o    No other person can claim you as a dependent on their tax return.

•    Contribution Date.  You must have contributed to a 401(k) plan or similar workplace plan by the end of the year to claim this credit. However, you can contribute to an IRA by the due date of your tax return and still have it count for 2014. The due date for most people is April 15, 2015.

Call (803)470-4938 or email (info@cfittstaxsolutions.com) to ask us which form to file with your income tax return.

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It is important that you file your tax return on time even if you can’t pay!

File on Time Even if You Can’t Pay

Do you owe more tax than you can afford to pay when you file? If so, don’t fail to take action. Make sure to file on time. That way you won’t have a penalty for filing late. Here is what to do if you can’t pay all your taxes by the due date.

  • File on time and pay as much as you can.  You should file on time to avoid a late filing penalty. Pay as much as you can with your tax return. The more you can pay on time, the less interest and late payment penalty charges you will owe.
  • Pay online with IRS Direct Pay.  IRS Direct Pay is the latest electronic payment option available from the IRS. It allows you to schedule payments online from your checking or savings account with no additional fee and with an immediate payment confirmation. It’s, secure, easy, and much quicker than mailing in a check or money order. To make a payment or to find out about your other options to pay, visit IRS.gov/payments.
  • Pay the rest of your tax as soon as you can.  If it is possible, get a loan or use a credit card to pay the balance. The interest and fees charged by a bank or credit card company may be less than the interest and penalties charged for late payment of tax. For debit or credit card options, visit IRS.gov.
  • Use the Online Payment Agreement tool.  You don’t need to wait for IRS to send you a bill to ask for an installment agreement. The best way is to use the Online Payment Agreement tool on IRS.gov. You can even set up a direct debit installment agreement. When you pay with a direct debit plan, you won’t have to write a check and mail it on time each month. And you won’t miss any payments that could mean more penalties. If you can’t use the IRS.gov tool, you can file Form 9465, Installment Agreement Request instead. You can view, download and print the form onIRS.gov/forms anytime.
  • Don’t ignore a tax bill.  If you get a bill, don’t ignore it. The IRS may take collection action if you ignore the bill. Contact the IRS right away to talk about your options. If you face a financial hardship, the IRS will work with you.

In short, remember to file on time. Pay as much as you can by the tax deadline. Pay the rest as soon as you can.

Contact C Fitts Tax Solutions at (803)470-4938 to find out more.

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There are 5 things phone scammers will do that the IRS will not…

“This is no April Fool’s joke. Everyone should be on the lookout for threatening calls from people faking IRS phone numbers and demands for immediate payment,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. “These are scams. I urge taxpayers to stay vigilant and remain aware of the constantly changing tactics used by these criminals.”

They often leave “urgent” callback requests and sometimes prey on the most vulnerable people, such as the elderly, newly arrived immigrants and those whose first language is not English. Scammers have been known to impersonate agents from IRS Criminal Investigation as well.

Here are five things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do.

The IRS will not:
Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.

  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
  • IRS Issue Number:    IR-2015-62

  • Contact us at (803)470-4938 with questions or concerns.
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The date for many retirees to take required minimum distributions (RMD) approaches!

“Many Retirees Face April 1 Deadline to Take Required Retirement Plan Distributions”

The IRS released a reminder to taxpayers who turned 70½ during 2014 that in most cases they must start receiving required minimum distributions (RMDs) from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and workplace retirement plans by Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

The April 1 deadline applies to owners of traditional IRAs but not Roth IRAs. Normally, it also applies to participants in various workplace retirement plans, including 401(k), 403(b) and 457 plans.

The April 1 deadline only applies to the required distribution for the first year. For all subsequent years, the RMD must be made by Dec. 31. So, a taxpayer who turned 70½ in 2014 and receives the first required payment on April 1, 2015, for example, must still receive the second RMD by Dec. 31, 2015.

Though the April 1 deadline is mandatory for all owners of traditional IRAs and most participants in workplace retirement plans, some people with workplace plans can wait longer to receive their RMD. Usually, employees who are still working can, if their plan allows, wait until April 1 of the year after they retire to start receiving these distributions. Employees of public schools and certain tax-exempt organizations with 403(b) plan accruals before 1987 should check with their employer, plan administrator or provider to see how to treat these accruals.

The IRS encourages taxpayers to begin planning now for any distributions required during 2015. An IRA trustee must either report the amount of the RMD to the IRA owner or offer to calculate it for the owner. Often, the trustee shows the RMD amount in Box 12b on Form 5498. For a 2015 RMD, this amount would be on the 2014 Form 5498 that is normally issued in January 2015.

More information on RMDs, including answers to frequently asked questions, can be found on IRS.gov.

Taxpayers not expected to pay additional taxes based on corrected Form 1095-A.

Statement from a Treasury Spokesperson on Forms 1095-A

3/20/2015

WASHINGTON In light of today’s announcement—regarding additional incorrect information on certain Marketplace tax statements (Forms 1095-A)—the Department of the Treasury is expanding the relief it announced previously on February 24,which will mitigate any harm to tax filers.  Any individual who enrolled in qualifying Marketplace coverage, received an incorrect Form 1095-A, and filed his or her tax return based on that form does not need to file an amended tax return.  The IRS will not pursue the collection of any additional taxes from these individuals based on updated information in the corrected forms.  This relief applies to tax filers who enrolled through the federally facilitated marketplace or a state-based marketplace.

As before, some individuals may choose to file amended returns.  Treasury intends to provide additional information to help tax filers determine whether they would benefit from filing amended returns.  Individuals also may want to consult with their tax preparers to determine if they would benefit from amending.

Only a small fraction of tax filers received incorrect Forms 1095-A.  Treasury estimates that in the vast majority of these cases, the impact on an individual’s tax liability will be very small.

We continue to urge individuals who have been notified of errors on their Forms 1095-A and have not yet filed their tax returns to wait to file until they receive corrected forms.

IRS Has Refunds Totaling $1 Billion for People Who Have Not Filed a 2011 Federal Income Tax Return!

IR-2015-44, March 11, 2015

WASHINGTON — Federal income tax refunds totaling $1 billion may be waiting for an estimated one million taxpayers who did not file a federal income tax return for 2011, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. To collect the money, these taxpayers must file a 2011 tax return with the IRS no later than Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

“Time is running out for people who didn’t file a 2011 federal income tax return to claim their refund,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “People could be missing out on a substantial refund, especially students or part-time workers. Some people may not have filed because they didn’t make much money, but they may still be entitled to a refund.”

The IRS estimates half of the potential refunds for 2011 are more than $698.

In cases where a tax return was not filed, the law provides most taxpayers with a three-year window of opportunity for claiming a refund. For 2011 tax returns, the window closes on April 15, 2015. If no return is filed to claim a refund within three years, the money becomes property of the U.S. Treasury.

The law requires the tax return be properly addressed, mailed and postmarked by that date. There is no penalty for filing a late return that qualifies for a refund.

The IRS reminds taxpayers seeking a 2011 refund that their checks may be held if they have not filed tax returns for 2012 and 2013. In addition, the refund will be applied to any amounts still owed to the IRS, or their state tax agency, and may be used to offset unpaid child support or past due federal debts, such as student loans.

By failing to file a tax return, people stand to lose more than just their refund of taxes withheld or paid during 2011. Many low-and-moderate income workers may not have claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). For 2011, the credit is worth as much as $5,751. The EITC helps individuals and families whose incomes are below certain thresholds. The thresholds for 2011 were:

  • $43,998 ($49,078 if married filing jointly) for those with three or more qualifying children,
  • $40,964 ($46,044 if married filing jointly) for people with two qualifying children,
  • $36,052 ($41,132 if married filing jointly) for those with one qualifying child, and
  • $13,660 ($18,740 if married filing jointly) for people without qualifying children.

Current and prior year tax forms and instructions are available on the IRS.gov Forms and Publications page, or by calling toll-free: 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676). Taxpayers who are missing Forms W-2, 1098, 1099 or 5498 for the years: 2011, 2012 or 2013 should request copies from their employer, bank or other payer.

If these efforts are unsuccessful, taxpayers can get a free transcript showing information from these year-end documents by going to IRS.gov. Taxpayers can also file Form 4506-T to request a transcript of their tax return.

Individuals who did not file a 2011 return with a potential refund:

State or District

Estimated

Number of

Individuals

Median

Potential

Refund

Total

Potential

Refunds*

Alabama

19,900

$693

$17,794,000

Alaska

5,300

$795

$5,703,000

Arizona

27,700

$618

$23,649,000

Arkansas

10,600

$678

$9,371,000

California

103,700

$627

$92,209,000

Colorado

21,100

$668

$19,258,000

Connecticut

13,400

$777

$13,415,000

Delaware

4,800

$726

$4,579,000

District of Columbia

3,900

$736

$3,812,000

Florida

67,500

$720

$64,106,000

Georgia

36,200

$628

$31,250,000

Hawaii

7,100

$742

$6,842,000

Idaho

4,700

$595

$3,838,000

Illinois

44,000

$763

$43,177,000

Indiana

23,900

$732

$22,135,000

Iowa

11,100

$719

$10,128,000

Kansas

11,600

$667

$10,421,000

Kentucky

14,300

$736

$12,935,000

Louisiana

22,000

$693

$21,432,000

Maine

4,500

$645

$3,748,000

Maryland

25,000

$694

$23,628,000

Massachusetts

25,800

$736

$25,005,000

Michigan

36,200

$721

$34,254,000

Minnesota

16,500

$632

$14,148,000

Mississippi

11,100

$629

$9,625,000

Missouri

23,600

$655

$20,378,000

Montana

3,700

$676

$3,381,000

Nebraska

5,700

$683

$5,108,000

Nevada

13,300

$702

$12,185,000

New Hampshire

4,600

$775

$4,518,000

New Jersey

34,200

$780

$34,520,000

New Mexico

8,500

$688

$7,799,000

New York

63,400

$765

$62,809,000

North Carolina

31,700

$595

$26,248,000

North Dakota

2,600

$761

$2,591,000

Ohio

39,600

$699

$35,218,000

Oklahoma

19,300

$707

$17,988,000

Oregon

17,500

$598

$14,262,000

Pennsylvania

44,000

$770

$42,228,000

Rhode Island

3,400

$748

$3,270,000

South Carolina

13,200

$609

$11,160,000

South Dakota

2,600

$732

$2,480,000

Tennessee

20,700

$690

$18,630,000

Texas

101,800

$743

$103,164,000

Utah

8,000

$610

$6,944,000

Vermont

2,100

$707

$1,921,000

Virginia

32,100

$685

$29,647,000

Washington

28,400

$750

$28,705,000

West Virginia

5,100

$784

$5,023,000

Wisconsin

14,100

$621

$11,953,000

Wyoming

2,800

$835

$2,984,000

Totals

1,117,900

$698

$1,041,576,000

* Excluding the Earned Income Tax Credit and other credits.