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Atlanta Georgia Tax Law Blog

Tax reform brings changes for people with disabilities

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced recently people with disabilities can put more money into their tax-favored Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts and be qualified for the Saver’s Credit for low- and moderate-income workers.

The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enables individuals with disabilities to roll money from their 529 plans – known as qualified tuition programs – into their ABLE accounts. ABLE accounts are tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals and their families. The beneficiary of the account is the account owner, and income earned by the accounts will not be taxed.

Try not to panic when a letter from the IRS arrives

The Internal Revenue Service is one of the monolithic government entities that most people are happy to give a wide berth. Opening your mailbox one morning to find a letter from them can elicit some nerves – if not a full on cold sweat.

As we’ve said before, being audited by the IRS is the stuff of nightmares. Not every letter from our friends at The Department of the Treasury means grave misfortune, though; it could be as harmless as requesting information or clarification. Keep your wits about you and follow this checklist of how to handle the situation.

How to recognize an IRS phone scam (part 2)

In a previous post, we talked about common IRS phone scams. We discussed some of the behaviors and scare tactics such scammers employ to try to steal your identity. In this post, we provide context. In order to effectively spot an IRS scammer, it's useful to understand how a legitimate IRS employee does--and doesn't--act.

If you receive a concerning phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, you may be unsure how to react. Before you take any action, there are some basic things you should know about how the IRS works:

How to recognize an IRS phone scam (part 1)

You're at home, starting to cook dinner. Suddenly, the phone rings. You answer, and the voice on the other end of the line identifies themselves as an IRS employee. They inform you that you've been charged with serious tax crimes, and you could face arrest if you don't clear up the matter within the next 24 hours.

You're shocked. You do your best to fairly and accurately complete your tax return each year. Nonetheless, the whole process is confusing to you--and you admit there's a chance you could have made a mistake. What do you do?

How identity thieves are exploiting hurricane relief

In previous posts, we've discussed the growing issue of identity theft across the country. If your Social Security Number and other personal information gets into the wrong hands, it could have a devastating effect on virtually every aspect of your life. The criminal could clear out your bank accounts, file a fraudulent tax return in your name, steal your tax refund as well as other violations. Such a breach can leave you feeling angry and vulnerable.

While many identity theft attempts tend to follow certain patterns--threatening phone calls from individuals pretending to represent the IRS or sending phishing emails to company payroll departments--these aren't the only tactics you should be wary of.

Can I take the home office deduction if I’m an employee?

You have an employer who sends you a W-2 form each year. However, you also work remotely. You know you don’t qualify as self-employed, but can you still deduct your home office on your taxes? What’s the rule for employees who work from home?

The answer is: it depends. To qualify for the home office deduction as an employee, you must meet all of the eligibility requirements of the self-employed home office deduction. In addition to these criteria, you must also past the “convenience of employer test.”

Can I take the home office deduction if I’m self-employed?

Most people who are eligible for the home office deduction are self-employed. However, not all self-employed people may claim this deduction.

As we discussed in a previous post, falsely claiming the home office deduction can increase your likelihood of being audited by the IRS. In today’s post, we examine the criteria for this deduction.

Employers can get a tax credit by hiring underprivileged workers

If you’re an employer, you’re probably always looking for ways to cut corners and increase your bottom line. It might surprise you to learn that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers a way to help you out. The IRS is creating an added tax incentive for you to hire candidates in disadvantaged circumstances—and it can end up saving you a lot of money.

Employers can receive a substantial tax credit—worth up to 40 percent of a new hire’s first-year wages—through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). To take advantage of this credit, employers must hire candidates who fall under any of the following categories:

Beware of these three suspicious business deductions

The federal government permits a wide range of deductions and tax credits to lessen your income tax burden each year. However, the IRS also has a good idea--based on your income and other factors--which tax breaks you'll likely qualify for. Therefore, it's important to be certain of your eligibility for any credits and deductions you claim, because a false claim could raise a red flag for an audit.

If you're a business owner or self-employed, make sure you have the necessary evidence to back up any of these claims:

Are my Social Security benefits taxable?

You did it. You finished up your long, dedicated career, and it’s finally time to take a well-deserved break. You worked hard throughout your adult life, and you’ve comprehensively planned for your financial future. It’s smooth sailing from here on out—time to kick back and let the benefits checks roll in.

While you realize you’ve contributed to Social Security throughout your working life, you might be surprised to learn that this benefit can actually be taxable in retirement. In this post, we examine the circumstances under which you’ll have to pay taxes on Social Security:

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