In 2015, 10 million people were hit with failure to pay estimated tax penalties in Georgia and across the nation. This was an increase from 7.2 million in 2010. While penalties differ for each taxpayer, it could add hundreds of dollars to a tax bill. Those who derive income both from an employer and side gigs may benefit by increasing their withholding or making payments throughout the year.
In 2018, Georgia employees and others in America will be able to contribute up to $18,500 into their 401(k) accounts. This is an increase of $500 from 2017 limits. Although an extra $500 per year may not seem like much, it could result in an extra $70,000 in a retirement account for a 30-year-old who contributes the maximum amount. A 40-year-old who contributes the maximum amount would have an extra $34,712.
Georgia residents and other taxpayers didn't have to disclose whether they had health coverage when filing their returns in 2017. However, the IRS says that it will not process electronically filed returns that don't address health care status in 2018. If a filer sends in a paper return, it may be suspended until adequate information is provided. Refunds may be delayed until a tax return has been processed.
Georgians who have trouble paying their taxes might want to take heed of actor Forest Whitaker's case. The actor sued the IRS because it refused to grant him an installment plan and instead demanded that he pay all of the taxes that he owed in a lump sum payment.
According to a national advocate for taxpayers, people in Georgia and across the U.S. should not rely on much of the information provided on the Internal Revenue Service website. Specifically, the Frequently Asked Questions page and other guidance on the site listed as unofficial may not be accurate when it comes to actually filing taxes. There are three categories of guidance provided by the IRS.
The Internal Revenue Service has announced tax relief for people and businesses affected by Hurricane Harvey. As another hurricane might be hitting Georgia, taxpayers in that state might soon be seeing a similar announcement in the future. The IRS has said it will automatically provide penalty and filing relief to any taxpayer whose address of record with the IRS is located within the disaster area. Individuals who live in the area, therefore, are not required to contact the IRS to secure relief.
Taxpayers in Georgia should be on the lookout for an email scam that may hold a person's computer data for ransom. The ransomware scheme sends a message to taxpayers using the logos of both the FBI and the IRS, and it asks recipients to download a questionnaire from the FBI. However, recipients should know that the regulations cited in the email are fake and the link does not lead to any sort of legitimate document.
Most Georgia taxpayers realize the IRS has numerous ways of recovering unpaid taxes. Common horror stories that keep citizens honest during tax season involve prison time for serious offenders, wage garnishments and possible imposition of a tax lien on real estate. It may surprise many to learn that the IRS can also exert influence over whether a citizen has the option to leave the country. Though there is no defense except for catching up on debt, there are some easy steps to avoid suffering the indignity of being refused the right to travel abroad.
Some Georgians fall behind on their taxes or are unable to pay them in full. When a taxpayer doesn't pay what the IRS believes it is owed, the IRS may place a lien on the taxpayer's assets. When the IRS does this, the lien will apply to all of the assets that the taxpayer owns, including those that are acquired after the lien has gone into effect.
Fears about the consequences of IRS debt are common among Atlanta residents who owe or think they owe a tax bill. Some of the persistent worries deal with the possibility of a tax lien, wage levy or asset seizure. The individual facing possible collections actions by the IRS may need to contact an attorney for specific advice on their case and help in fighting a possible seizure. However, there are some general points that anyone can understand about the seizure process.