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Personal injury compensation could be taxable income

Those who are hurt in Georgia or any other state who receive a settlement could be taxed on those proceeds. In fact, an individual could pay taxes on money that is eventually paid to his or her attorney. However, not everyone will have to give a portion of their injury settlement to the government. For instance, if the award is related to a physical injury, a plaintiff will generally get to keep all of it.

The TFA and the appeals process

Taxpayers in Georgia should be aware that the Taxpayer First Act changes the way the Internal Revenue Service conducts certain operations and procedures. This includes changes to how appeals are handled.

American citizens living abroad may receive a tax refund

American citizens who live overseas are still generally responsible for filing a federal tax return with the IRS. While many former Georgia residents who now live overseas can claim a credit for foreign income taxes paid, this has not been true for individuals residing in France. However, new guidance now allows taxpayers to claim a credit for Contribution Sociale Généralisée and Contribution pour le Remboursement de la Dette Sociale payments.

IRS warns of phone scams during tax season

As Georgia taxpayers are preparing and filing their 2018 tax returns, the Internal Revenue Service is warning people about criminals who pose as IRS representatives in phone scams. In a news release, the IRS said that these phone scams continue to be a major threat and can cost victims a lot of money.

Passports and delinquent taxes

A warning has been issued by the Internal Revenue Service that applies to taxpayers residing in Georgia and around the country. In January 2018, the IRS implemented the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act which, among other things, provides that people must pay their back taxes if they plan to travel abroad. Otherwise, they may experience issues renewing their passports or obtaining new ones.

Beware of fake IRS text messages

Most taxpayers in Georgia dread receiving a contact from the Internal Revenue Service. Fears of an audit, a tax levy or asset seizure come to mind. Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous individuals in the world who choose to prey upon these fears. Fake contacts through telephone calls, emails and text messages have become more common.

IRS must recover from government shutdown

Although the most recent government shutdown is over, there may be some long-term impacts for Georgia residents. For example, the IRS says that it is weeks behind in hiring and training staff for the upcoming tax season. It also says that there are millions of unanswered letters from taxpayers that will need to be addressed. The number of letters it received during the shutdown increased because it was the only way for taxpayers to reach the agency.

The new tax season and the government shutdown

With the new tax season almost here, the citizens of Georgia should get ready and take the time to make sure that all their financial matters are in order. However, it is also worth noting that this year should be a particularly strenuous year for the IRS. On the one hand, the government shutdown has left this agency severely understaffed, where almost 90 percent of the employees have not shown up to work at some point during the past 25 days. On the other hand, there are new tax laws that are scheduled to go into effect this year, meaning that the agency has to deal with one of the largest changes in the tax code while being severely understaffed.

What Michael Cohen teaches us about tax law

Those watching television or reading the news in Georgia have probably heard about Michael Cohen. They may also know that he pleaded guilty to tax evasion and was sentenced to prison time. Those who would like to avoid a similar fate can take some steps to do so. For instance, taxpayers should be sure to report all of their income each year when filing a tax return.

IRS compromises on Gilti tax rules

If a company based in Georgia or anywhere else has a foreign tax bill of less than 13.125 percent, it will owe a 10.5 global intangible low-tax income tax. This tax is otherwise known as Gilti, and businesses had lobbied the IRS to make changes to how it is assessed. For instance, they wanted to avoid allocating domestic expenses to foreign subsidiaries, but the IRS ruled that half of such expenses must be allocated to foreign subsidiaries.

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