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IRS Announces it Will Waive Tax Penalties for Under-Withholding and Underpayment for Some

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Jan 17, 2019 11:46:44 AM

The IRS announced this week in IRS Notice 2019-11 that it would not penalize taxpayers whose tax withholding and estimated tax payments fell short last year due to failing to change their withholding under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).

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Topics: IRS, income tax, tax, withholding, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

How the Government Shutdown Will Affect Your Tax Return and Refund…the Saga Continues

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Jan 16, 2019 11:17:39 AM

Previously, we shared how the Whitehouse stated there would be no disruption to tax filing or the issuance of refunds.

On Tuesday, the IRS shared some details of its revamped contingency plan for operations during the government shutdown.

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Topics: Shutdown, income tax, IRS

Important Tax Dates and Deadlines for 2019

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Dec 6, 2018 7:10:00 AM

Well, 2019 is right around the corner, and before you know it important tax-related deadlines will be upon us. Due to changes in the tax code created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) we highly recommend you allow extra time in gathering required information for the 2018 tax season.

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Topics: planning, taxes, income tax

Ohio to Change Income Tax Withholding

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Dec 4, 2018 1:02:00 PM

Ohio Tax Commissioner Joe Testa has announced that effective January 1, 2019, there will be changes to the state’s income tax withholding tables.  These changes will be the first to the state’s withholding amounts since 2015.

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Topics: taxes, SALT, income tax, withholding

Tax planning – Why is this year any different?

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Sep 17, 2018 9:26:00 AM

Every year at this time, you start to hear more about the importance of year-end income tax planning in radio and television commentary. For many people with more complex businesses or investments, the beginning of the 4th quarter of the year signals the time to start to organize their tax documents and to set-up an appointment with their advisors to review results.

This year is different! This year, tax planning should be important to everyone, not just for those that have complex tax situations. The implementation of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 has impacted every taxpayer. While we have all heard about it, not everyone has an applied working knowledge of what the impact will be in the first annual income tax filing season, which begins in about three months.

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Topics: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, deductions, income tax, health care, payroll, Taxes - Corporate & Business, Taxes - Individual

Updated Withholding Calculator, Form W-4 Released; Calculator Helps Taxpayers Review Withholding Following New Tax Law

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Mar 2, 2018 4:08:00 PM

WASHINGTON –The Internal Revenue Service recently released (2/28/18 irs.gov) an updated Withholding Calculator on IRS.gov and a new version of Form W-4 to help taxpayers check their 2018 tax withholding following passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December. 

The IRS urges taxpayers to use these tools to make sure they have the right amount of tax taken out of their paychecks.

“Following the major changes in the tax law, the IRS encourages employees to check their paychecks to help ensure they’re having the right amount of tax withheld for their personal situation,” said Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter.

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Topics: Brett W. Neate, income tax, withholding, Taxes - Individual

Ohio to Offer Tax Amnesty Jan. 1-Feb. 15, 2018

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Nov 21, 2017 4:16:27 PM
Ohio taxpayers with outstanding bills will have a window to pay up without penalty.

The Ohio Department of Taxation is offering amnesty from Jan. 1 to Feb. 15, 2018 to individual and business taxpayers.

ODT has launched a statewide campaign to raise awareness of the amnesty. Ohio Tax Commissioner Joe Testa kicked off the effort Nov. 10 by discussing the issue with attendees at OSCPA’s Columbus Accounting Show.

The Department of Taxation will offer amnesty on the following:

    • Individual taxes
    • School district income taxes
    • Employer withholding taxes
    • Employer withholding for school district income taxes
    • Pass-through entity taxes sales tax
    • Use taxes
    • Commercial activity
    • Financial institutions
    • Cigarette and other tobacco products
    • Alcoholic beverage

Amnesty is available only for taxes that were due and payable as of May 1, 2017, and still remain underreported or unreported. Those who fully pay qualifying tax delinquencies will owe no penalties and only half the interest normally charged. The program does not apply to any tax for which a notice of assessment or audit has been issued, for which a bill has been issued, that relates to a still-open tax period, or for which an audit has been conducted or is pending.

Taxpayers can learn more and determine eligibility at www.OhioTaxAmnesty.gov; or by calling 800-304-3211.

This article appears courtesy of the Ohio Society of CPAs Community News published Nov. 16, 2017. 

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Topics: income tax, Zinner News

Tis the Season of Saving: 5 things you can do now to help reduce your taxes

Posted by Matt Szydlowski, CPA on Nov 21, 2017 9:55:47 AM

In the quest for gifts and seasonal savings together with the promise of continued prosperity, many taxpayers overlook some of the simple year-end moves they can do that will help to reduce their taxes and improve the bottom line.   There are many action steps you can perform today in order to save taxes for the next tax period.  Below, find a shining display of our top five tips to save future tax dollars. 

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Topics: Matt Szydlowski, income tax, Taxes - Individual, Taxes - Corporate & Business

Today is the Day the New I-9 Form Must be Put to Use by Employers

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Sep 19, 2017 5:01:39 PM

The I-9 Form updated 7/17/17 must be used for all new hires starting today, 9/18/17. The form can be found on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) website at https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-9.pdf.  

Related read: What to know if you are planning to hire in the coming weeks

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Topics: income tax

IRS Warns of New Phone Scam Involving Bogus Certified Letters; Reminds People to Remain Vigilant Against Scams, Schemes this Summer

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Jun 21, 2017 2:31:10 PM
WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service again warned people to beware of a new scam linked to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), where fraudsters call to demand an immediate tax payment through a prepaid debit card. This scam is being reported across the country, so taxpayers should be alert to the details. 
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Topics: IRS, fraud, income tax


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