Tax Record Safeguard Tips for Hurricane Season

Hurricane season began on June 1. If you live in a coastal area or other location where a hurricane could affect your home or business, you should take a few steps to safeguard your tax and other financial records. Read on to learn more about how you can prepare to help minimize the effect of a hurricane.

Create and Safeguard a Backup Copy of Your Tax Records

Having a copy of your tax records is the most important step you can take to rebuild your tax records in the event a hurricane damages or destroys the originals. The copy can be in either electronic or hardcopy form.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Domestic Partners

There are several types of living arrangements for individuals of the opposite sex and the same sex that are not considered marriages under state law. Although these arrangements are known formally as “registered domestic partners”, they may also be called civil unions or domestic partners.

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Penalty Relief for Small Businesses Filing Returns by June 2

On June 2, 2014, the IRS began a pilot program to help small businesses who have failed to file tax returns related to certain types of retirement plans. Small businesses who take advantage of this program have until June 2, 2015, to obtain penalty relief from the normal penalties associated with failure to file.

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Tax Obligations for U.S. Citizens with Foreign Assets

When an individual who is a U.S. citizen, a holder of dual citizenship with the U.S. and another country, or a resident alien of the U.S. works or lives abroad during part of a given tax year, the individual likely needs to include activity from that time abroad on their tax return.

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How to Reduce Your Tax Refund

The title of this article may seem somewhat counterintuitive. Why would anyone want to reduce their tax refund?

While many people would rather get a refund than owe taxes come April 15, the fact is, if you are receiving a refund, you have given the government a loan. The IRS has withheld too much of your money throughout the tax year. Now through the process of filing your income tax return, you are getting your money back.

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Tax Deductions for Military Service Members

Members of the military, whether active service members or members of the reserves, have special tax deductions that are not available to the average citizen. As the vast majority of pay received by military service members is reported directly to the government and is taxable, military service members need to take advantage of every tax deduction available to them.

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Successful Record Keeping for Charitable Donations

The IRS has issued a reminder to taxpayers of the importance of receiving and maintaining records to support their charitable donations before claiming those donations as deductions on their income tax returns. These reminders apply to charitable donations in general and for certain specific types of donation items.

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