What is an Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN)?

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Fraud can happen to anyone.

If your social security number was used fraudulently in the past, the IRS assigns a six-digit PIN to you; the Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN).

Eligibility

In order to receive an IP PIN, you will need to meet the following:

  • You received a CP01A notice which will have it located at the bottom of the first column
  • The IRS sent you a letter inviting you to opt-in for the IP PIN
  • You were a resident of Florida, Georgia or the District of Columbia, Michigan, California, Maryland, Nevada, Delaware, Illinois or Rhode Island last year

Note: Taxpayers who experience identity theft after they receive the CP01A notice will need to file the Identity Theft Affidavit

The steps on getting an IP PIN

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The Child Tax Credit Changes for Your 2018 Taxes!

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Children are expensive, but luckily they can give you a break — a tax break of course.

With all of the changes that the 2018 tax year brings us, the Child Tax Credit (CTC) is one of them. Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, or guardian, when tax time comes around you can claim your dependents to your advantage.

Here’s what you need to know for this tax season.

Who qualifies for the CTC?

Unfortunately, you can’t just receive the CTC for just having a dependent. You have to meet certain requirements for your dependent to be a “qualifying child.” These are the following conditions they will need to meet: Continue reading “The Child Tax Credit Changes for Your 2018 Taxes!”

How to E-File Your 2018 Taxes & The New Tax Changes!

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Are you starting on your 2018 tax return right now?

Your tax return may seem a bit off when you’re filing. The reason for this is the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) changes.

How about we find out how to e-file your taxes first?

For on the go taxpayers and those who just need a break.

If you have a hectic schedule or just want to relax at home after a long day, filing your taxes online could be the best option for you. No need for standing in long lines for a tax accountant (especially with the government shutdown happening right now).

All you need to do is follow these few steps:

  1. Create an account
  2. Enter your tax information (which is conveniently available by clicking user-friendly tabs for your personal information, income, deductions, and credits)
  3. Submit your account for e-file!

We’ll e-file your tax return as soon as possible. Keep in mind, taxpayers who have a refund for the 2018 tax year are not subject to any penalties at any point they decide to file. Just make sure you file within three years of the due date of your return to claim your refund.

However, taxpayers with a tax due to the IRS will need to file right away so they can avoid late filing penalties!

Check out the breakdown of the tax changes this year.

The following are no longer available for the 2018 tax year: Continue reading “How to E-File Your 2018 Taxes & The New Tax Changes!”