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earned vs unearned income

Earned vs. Unearned Income: What’s the Difference?

When it comes to filing taxes, the distinction between earned and unearned income might seem like a minor one. However, the IRS doesn’t think so, and if you mix up earned and unearned income on your tax returns or forget income sources of either type, you could end up with a lot of tax problems on your hands.

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Mayor Pugh

Former Mayor Pugh: A Lesson in What Not to Do With Taxes

Recently, a grand jury indicted former Mayor Catherine Pugh in federal court on 11 different counts, three of which were tax crimes: one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and two counts of tax evasion. Within days, she pled guilty to four charges.

At S.H. Block Tax Services, we believe there are valuable lessons for all Marylanders on what not to do with your taxes. Read more

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5 Tips for Lowering Your Tax Bill in 2019

Federal tax laws are continually changing, and it’s becoming harder to optimize your tax return. While recent tax changes have eliminated some of the breaks and deductions available to taxpayers, there are still ways you can legally reduce your tax obligation. In this article, we’ll discuss five tips for lowering your 2019 tax bill and how S.H. Block Tax Services can help. Read more

Scheduling Estimated Quarterly Tax Payments

Schedule Your Estimated Quarterly Tax Payments to Avoid Penalties

The deadline to submit your fourth quarter estimated tax payment is due on January 15. If you’re worried about forgetting the deadline amid the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, you can schedule your estimate tax payments in advance.

In this blog, we discuss how paying estimated quarterly taxes ahead of the deadline can save you time, stress, and money — and also how an experienced Maryland tax lawyer can help if you’re struggling with tax liabilities. Read more

Year-Round Tax Planning

The Benefits of Year-Round Tax Planning and Organization

For many individuals and companies, taxes are something you only worry about in March and April as you rush to file and cross your fingers for a large return. If this sounds familiar, it’s time to look into year-long tax planning.

Tax-planning is the practice of considering how your taxes affect your overall financial situation and goals. By organizing tax-related documents as you acquire them (or by working with a bookkeeping service), you can tax plan all year long and stay on top of your financials.

Keep reading to learn how organizing your tax documents and strategizing your taxes year-round is both easy and highly beneficial for all taxpayers. Read more

IRS Tax Fraud Crackdown

The Downside of Recent Tax Fraud Crackdowns

If you’ve been wrongly accused of tax fraud or tax identity theft, you’re not alone. The IRS has been cracking down on tax scams, and while their efforts have drastically decreased instances of legitimate fraud, they’ve also managed to accidentally catch innocent taxpayers in their web.

Keep reading to learn more about IRS efforts to decrease tax fraud, how to help legitimize your tax actions, and what to do if you’ve been wrongly accused. Read more

Surviving a Tax Audit

The 2019 Audit Survival Guide: 6 Tips for Surviving a Tax Audit

Receiving any notification from the IRS can be stressful, but receiving a notice that you’re being audited is enough to make anyone panic. The IRS conducts audits for any number of reasons — and not necessarily because you have done anything wrong. However, even if you are sure that you have nothing to worry about, you still need to take an IRS audit seriously and consider hiring a tax attorney if you think there is anything the IRS could misconstrue.

In this article, we’ll provide a little background on why the IRS may have chosen you for further scrutiny and then offer six tips for surviving your tax audit. Read more

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Should You Break Even or Make Bank on Your Tax Returns?

Have you noticed how many tax preparation firms and other companies hype up tax refunds? While getting a large tax refund may seem exciting, you could have had that money already with a proper withholding strategy. At S.H. Block Tax Services, we think you should hold onto your hard-earned money.

Keep reading to learn more about why people prefer a bigger refund over a bigger paycheck, what you’re missing by withholding extra money, and how an experienced tax lawyer can help you break even on your taxes. Read more

Small Business Bookkeeping

What Is a Bookkeeper and When Do I Need One?

Does managing your business financials give you a headache? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Between the cost, time, and paperwork, it’s no wonder that 40% of small business owners state that bookkeeping and taxes are the worst part of owning their own business.

Do you want to spend less time pouring over your books and have more time to spend with your family or devote to the crucial aspects of running your business? Free up your time and reduce the stress and hassle of managing your accounts by working with a professional bookkeeper. Read more

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4 Reasons You’ll Want to Keep Your Tax Returns (And How to Keep Them)

Suppose you get a letter from the IRS, asking for information about your taxable income from two years ago? Would you know where to find your tax documents, including your tax returns, W-2 forms, 1099 forms, and business-related receipts? Unfortunately, many people throw these valuable documents away too early, complicating their tax audit strategies.

In this article, the experienced tax professionals at S.H. Block Tax Services explain why you need to hang onto your records, where you should store them to keep them secure, and when to keep them longer. Read more