February 17, 2012This is always a key question during tax season. While most income received is taxable and must be reported on your federal income tax return, there are some instances when income may not be taxable. To help you out, the IRS has provided the following list of items that are NOT included as taxable income:Adoption expense reimbursements for qualifying expensesChild support paymentsGifts, bequests, and inheritancesWorkers' compensation benefits (some exceptions may apply; see Publication 525, Taxable and Nontaxable Income)Meals and lodging for the convenience of your employerCompensatory damages awarded for physical injury or physical sicknessWelfare benefitsCash rebates from a dealer or manufacturerFor the complete article on taxable versus non-taxable income, download and review the IRS’ detailed guide—IRS Publication 525.
The combination of running a business and your life and preparing for tax time can drive some people into a slight panic. But no need to get stressed if you are prepared. Now is the time to start organizing all documents required to file your tax return.
Like the old paraphrased saying goes: In this world, two things are certain—death and taxes. The recent federal tax overhaul changed a lot of rules, so it’s as important as ever to understand your tax obligations, including those on Social Security benefits.
Unfortunately, cyber scammers never take a vacation. In fact, the IRS has issued a warning of a surge in fraudulent emails that bait potential phishing victims with fake tax transcripts. Links within these emails lead recipients to documents containing the well-known malware, Emotet.