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Atlanta Georgia Tax Law Blog

How to deduct your losses following Hurricane Michael

When Hurricane Michael tore through the southeastern part of the country earlier this year, it left many communities devastated. In Georgia, 69 counties were hit particularly hard—and are therefore eligible for certain benefits.

In a previous post, we discussed the various tax deadline extensions that Georgia’s hurricane victims can receive. In this article, we provide further information on how victims can deduct their hurricane-related losses.

4 ways to show that your workers are independent contractors

As a small-business owner, one of the biggest tax mistakes you can make - other than not filing them at all - is to misclassify your employees as independent contractors. While you must withhold taxes for employees, independent contractors pay self-employment taxes.

The IRS takes misclassification seriously, but the rules can seem vague, and usually the decision boils down to the specific circumstances of the case. What can you do to help ensure the IRS will agree that your workers are self-employed?

5 tips for small business owners to avoid tax mistakes

One of the most unpleasant aspects of running a business is filing taxes. Doing it properly, however, is imperative in avoiding an audit and penalties.

This entails more than just reporting all your income and filing on time. In addition, follow these five tips to prevent making a costly mistake.

Hurricane Michael victims receive a tax filing extension

Surviving a hurricane can be a life-changing, traumatic experience. The entire world, as you know it, may seem to have shattered around you. You may have lost your home or your job. Your health may be compromised. Your social network may have crumbled.

In trying circumstances such as these, the last thing you should have to worry yourself about is fulfilling your federal tax obligations on time. Following FEMA’s disaster declarations last month, the IRS announced that it will extend deadlines for taxpayers who live in, or have a business in, any of the 69 hurricane-impacted counties in Georgia—as well as several other counties in Alabama and Florida.

IRS trouble? Why hiring a tax attorney is your best bet

No matter how you slice it, facing problems with the IRS is stressful. Maybe you’re going through a corporate audit. Or perhaps you have an ever-growing pile of tax debt, and you can’t see a way out. Dealing with tax issues is confusing and unfamiliar to most people—making them difficult to manage on one’s own.

It’s in precisely such tricky situations that consulting with a tax expert can be so helpful. But which tax professional should you choose? Is it better to work with a tax attorney or a certified public accountant (CPA)? In today’s post, we outline the advantages a tax attorney can offer over a CPA:

Georgia tax exemptions for veterans

With Veterans Day just around the corner, it seems like an appropriate time to review some core tax exemptions that veterans can receive. In today’s article, we outline the Georgia tax exemptions available to our brave men and women who have served in the armed forces.

In the state of Georgia, veterans—or their families—may be eligible for tax breaks on the following items:

How can I lower the taxes I owe?

Tax season isn’t until April, but the deadline will approach faster than you expect. Now that we are nearing the end of 2018, it is time to think about your approach for paying this year’s taxes. It is in your best interests to minimize the amount of taxes you owe. You can follow a few important, simple steps to reduce what you will owe in 2019.

I’ve been audited. Now what do I do?

You’ve received a letter from the IRS telling you that you face an audit. Now what do you do?

First, if the contact from the IRS is in any form other than a letter (phone call, email), then it is a scam. The IRS will only contact you via the U.S. Postal Service and only on official letterhead.

Election workers can receive tax breaks on their income

The midterm elections are just around the corner. If you’re one of the millions of Americans who will be serving as an election worker on November 6, you may have questions about your compensation—and the tax laws that apply to this income.

In today’s post, we examine the tax breaks associated with election worker income.

Lottery jackpots come with huge tax penalties

Millions of hopefuls felt disappointed after they discovered Tuesday night that their Mega Millions lottery tickets did not match the winning numbers. The outlandish odds of winning the lottery did not discourage many Georgians from purchasing a ticket. The jackpot had reached $1.6 billion, breaking the 2016 record for the highest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.

The winning ticket was purchased not in Georgia, but in our neighboring state of South Carolina. The winning buyer will no doubt feel exuberant for their newly won wealth, but they will also have to cope with a significant tax loss, as well.

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