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Time on your tax return

Amy Praskac - Tuesday, February 20, 2018
The IRS estimates that the average taxpayer spends 13 hours preparing a tax return. This estimate includes record keeping, tax planning, form submission, and other related activities.  ..

Protecting your child's SSN

Amy Praskac - Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Organizations and institutions will ask for your child’s Social Security Number (SSN) as heedlessly as they ask for yours. Do not give in. There are only a handful of valid reasons to provid ..

Reports of my death

Amy Praskac - Tuesday, May 23, 2017
“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated,” Mark Twain famously retorted. He could afford to laugh off the erroneous report. You won’t be laughing if the Social Security A ..

Your advocate at the IRS

Amy Praskac - Tuesday, February 14, 2017
National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson recently released her 2016 Annual Report to Congress. She recommended that the IRS adopt a taxpayer-centric focus and urged Congress to emphasize simplific ..

Take steps to combat tax identity theft

Amy Praskac - Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Your tax refund may be at risk. While the IRS prevented or recovered $24.2 billion, it paid $5.8 billion in identity theft tax refunds according to a Government Accountability Office study in 2013 ..

Who can see your tax return?

Amy Praskac - Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Taxpayers cannot e-file returns directly with the IRS. All returns must go through a third party. Given that more than 90 percent of the 140,258,000 returns filed in 2016 were e-filed, you may be  ..

Document your charitable gift

Amy Praskac - Tuesday, December 20, 2016
You must document a charitable donation if you deduct it on your tax return. The rules are slightly different for donated goods than for financial gifts. When you make a financial gift, you mu ..

Verify your charity is eligible

Amy Praskac - Tuesday, December 13, 2016
After you determine a charity is worthy of your donation, verify whether you may deduct your donation on your tax return. Most churches, temples, synagogues, mosques are eligible to receive deduct ..

The dark side of electronic medical records

Amy Praskac - Tuesday, November 15, 2016
We tend to assume that going digital is an entirely positive thing to do and that would apply to medical records. However, there’s a dark side to keeping electronic medical records. Here&rsq ..

Is the SSN part of the education record?

Amy Praskac - Tuesday, August 16, 2016
The SSN is part of the education record and therefore comes under the protection of Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The courts have affirmed the SSN is an education record and m ..

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