Last night, the IRS confirmed that January 28, 2019 will be the start of the tax season.
Although live assistance from the IRS number isn’t available, their staff is determined to keep the tax season going. “We are committed to ensuring that taxpayers receive their refunds notwithstanding the government shutdown. I appreciate the hard work of the employees and their commitment to the taxpayers during this period,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said.
Now that you have an idea of when you should have your 2018 tax return prepared by, here’s what you need to know.
Will my refund still be delayed?
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Update: The IRS has announced that the tax season will begin January 28, 2019 to start filing your 2018 tax returns!
Did you try calling the IRS?
Many taxpayers are confused as to how the government shutdown will affect the 2019 tax season. If you pick up the phone and contact the IRS, you’ll receive a short message instead of the typical menu. “Welcome to the IRS. Live telephone assistance is not available at this time. Normal operations will resume as soon as possible,” is what you hear when you call their toll free number.
Overall, this means that all IRS offices are closed because of the government shutdown. Read on to find out what you need to know for this tax season.
First off, what does “government shutdown” mean?
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The upcoming tax year brings in a lot of changes for self-employed and business taxpayers.
Taxpayers with sole proprietorship, partnerships, trusts, and S corporations will face some difficulties when they’re ready to file for the 2019 tax season because of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).
Read below for the changes you need to know for your business taxes.
Here’s what qualifies as business income.
In order to have qualified business income (QBI), it must be domestic income from a trade or business. Your qualified business income (QBI) is calculated into a net amount and does not include employee wages, capital gain, interest and dividend income.
The maximum deduction increases.
Prior to the TCJA, you could deduct up to $500,000 for any section 179 property. It has now increased to $1 million. The phase-out threshold also increases from $2 million to $2.5 million. (Subject to change due to inflation.)
The new 20% deduction.
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