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Five reasons to choose direct deposit

The Internal Revenue Service reminds employers that the due date for filing Forms W-2, the Wage and Tax Statement for their employees for calendar year 2016, is now Jan, 31, 2017.

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Free tax help available for the military

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program provides free tax help to military members and their families. 

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Top ten adoption tax credit facts to consider

Taxpayers who have adopted or tried to adopt a child in 2016 may qualify for a tax credit. Here are ten important things about the adoption credit.

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3 Ways to make the most of your tax return dollars

Make your refund work for you and your business by putting those dollars to good use.

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Make IRS.gov the first stop for tax help

Tax help is available anytime at IRS.gov. The official IRS website offers quick access to information and helpful tax tools.

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Understanding the child and dependent care tax credit

The IRS urges people not to overlook the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit. Eligible taxpayers may be able claim it if they paid for someone to care for a child, dependent or spouse last year.

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Five tax tips on unemployment benefits

Taxpayers who received unemployment benefits need to remember that it may be taxable. Here are five key facts about unemployment:

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Medical and dental expenses may impact your taxes

Medical expenses can trim taxes. Keeping good records and knowing what to deduct make all the difference.

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Interest rates remain the same for the second quarter of 2017

The Internal Revenue Service today announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning April 1, 2017.  

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Nine common filing errors to avoid

The IRS encourages taxpayers to file an accurate tax return. If a taxpayer makes an error on their return, it will likely take longer for the IRS to process it. 

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Six tax tips for the self-employed

Self-employed taxpayers normally earn income by carrying on a trade or business. Here are six important tips from the IRS for the self-employed.

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Use IRS free file software on smart phones or tablets

The Internal Revenue Service announced that taxpayers now may use their smart phones or tablets to electronically prepare and file their federal and state tax returns through IRS Free File.

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Don’t fall for scam calls and emails posing as IRS

Scams continue to use the IRS as a lure. These tax scams take many different forms. The most common scams are phone calls and emails from thieves who pretend to be from the IRS. 

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Are Social Security benefits taxable?

If taxpayers receive Social Security benefits, they may have to pay federal income tax on part of those benefits. These IRS tips will help taxpayers determine if they need to do so.

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Five things to know about the Child Tax Credit

The Internal Revenue Service reminds employers that the due date for filing Forms W-2, the Wage and Tax Statement for their employees for calendar year 2016, is now Jan, 31, 2017.

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Choosing the correct filing status

The Internal Revenue Service reminds employers that the due date for filing Forms W-2, the Wage and Tax Statement for their employees for calendar year 2016, is now Jan, 31, 2017.

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Safeguarding taxpayer data: Create strong passwords

The Internal Revenue Service reminds employers that the due date for filing Forms W-2, the Wage and Tax Statement for their employees for calendar year 2016, is now Jan, 31, 2017.

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Reminder: Employers must file forms W-2 by Jan. 31 this year

The Internal Revenue Service reminds employers that the due date for filing Forms W-2, the Wage and Tax Statement for their employees for calendar year 2016, is now Jan, 31, 2017.

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Things to remember when choosing a tax preparer

Taxpayers should choose their tax return preparer wisely – with good reason.

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Special rules help many people with disabilities qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit; Up to 1.5 million fail to claim valuable benefit

The Internal Revenue Service wants taxpayers with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities to be aware of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and correctly claim it if they qualify.

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Seven reasons taxpayers should E-file their taxes in 2017

Taxpayers who still file paper returns may find now is the best time to switch to e-file. Last year over 85 percent of taxpayers filed their taxes electronically. E-file is the fastest and safest way to file.

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Tax preparedness series: Tax records – What to keep

As tax filing season approaches, the Internal Revenue Service has information for taxpayers who wonder how long to keep tax returns and other documents.

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Who will prepare your tax return?

As the start of tax filing season approaches, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers to start thinking about who will prepare their 2016 federal tax return. 

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IRS, Security summit partners remind taxpayers to recognize phishing scams

The Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners cautioned taxpayers today to avoid identity theft by watching for phishing scams that can increase around the tax season.

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IRS, Security summit partners, Remind taxpayers to protect themselves online

The Internal Revenue Service, the states and the tax industry today urged taxpayers to take steps to protect themselves online to help in the fight against identity theft.

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IRS, Partners urge strong passwords help protect identities at tax time and beyond

The Internal Revenue Services and its partners, in the fight against identity theft, urge computer users to strengthen their passwords.

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IRS Launches new online tool to assist taxpayers with basic account information

The Internal Revenue Service announced the launch of an online application that will assist taxpayers with straightforward balance inquiries in a safe, easy and convenient way.

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Irs reminds millions about fines for not signing up for obamacare

Even as Republicans in Congress race to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the IRS is reminding millions of Americans they still need to sign up soon for health insurance if they don't want to pay fines.

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8 steps to take if you can’t pay your taxes

What to do if tax prep leaves you battling debt

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