How to prepare for an Unemployment Hearing
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Appeal Tribunal Hearing is the employer's best opportunity to prove that it should win an unemployment case. This is particularly important in cases where the employer discharged the former employee who filed a claim for unemployment benefits (claimant), since it is the employer's burden to prove that the employee was discharged for misconduct connected with work. If the employer does not provide the best evidence possible, the employer faces the possibility of being charged for the unemployment benefits paid to the claimant.
Identity Theft and your Taxes
Identity Theft and Your Taxes
Your identity and money can be stolen in a tax related scam via email ("phishing"), fax, phone, or letters. Some recent examples of identity theft scams are:
Refund scam. A bogus email, claiming to
come from the IRS, tells you that you are eligible to receive a tax refund for a given amount if you just follow the instructions in the email
Same Sex Married Couples
On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional because it violates the principles of equal protection (Windsor, U.S. Supreme Court, June 26, 2013).The IRS has now issued guidance on the effect of the Windsor decision and how the IRS interprets the sections of the Internal Revenue Code that refer to a taxpayers marital status. Specifically, Revenue Ruling 2013-17 deals with the following issues for federal tax purposes as a result of the Windsor decision:
Who Pays Self-Employment Tax
Taxpayers pay self-employment (SE) tax when net earn
ings from self-employment are $400 or more. A taxpayer is self-employed if he or she carries on a trade or business as a sole proprietor (including farmers) or as a general partner in a partnership. A trade or business generally is an activity carried on for a livelihood or in good faith to make a profit. Facts and circumstances determine whether or not an activity is a trade or business.
Tax Payers Who Receive IRS Notice
Tips for Taxpayers
Who Receive an IRS Notice
Receiving a notice from the Internal Revenue Service is usually no cause for alarm. Every year the IRS sends millions of letters and notices to taxpayers .-In the event one shows up in the mailbox, here are ten things you should know.
1) Don't panic. Many of these letters can be dealt with very simply.
Tax Scams – Protect Yourself
Tax Scams- Protect Yourself
There are many tax scams out there with the purpose of stealing your identity, stealing your money, or filing fraudulent tax returns using your private information. Tax scammers work year-round, not just during tax season and target virtually everyone. Stay alert to the ways criminals pose as the IRS to trick you out of your money or personal information.
Vehicle Business Usage
Vehicles- Business Use
Under certain circumstances a taxpayer can claim a deduction for using their vehicle for business purposes. If you use your car for business purposes, you ordinarily can deduct car expenses using either the standard mileage rate or actual expenses.
Use of a vehicle qualifies as business use under all of the following.
Withholding Filling out W-4
Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate
Starting a new job can be exciting, but it can also be stressful. One of the documents you're likely to see on your first day of work is IRS Form W-4, which tells your employer how much income tax to withhold from your paycheck so you don't owe a bundle when you file your tax return. The form has complicated instructions in small print, several worksheets, and can be intimidating at first glance.