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IRS resources

Our guides break down complex IRS topics. Learn more about tax forms, IRS notices and letters, and tax scams.

IRS tax forms

What Do You Do With a Form W-2?

The Form W-2 is a wage and tax statement that details how much you were paid by an employer during the year. If you have (or had) a job at any time of the year, you should receive a Form W-2 from each employer the following January containing income information to report on your tax return. Most Americans work for an employer. Almost 146 million tax returns reported wage income as of 2017.

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What You Need to Know About 1040 Tax Return Forms

A 1040 tax form is the main form for a tax return that gets filed with the IRS when you are a US citizen or resident with taxable income to report.

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What Do You Do With a W-4 Tax Form?

A W-4 form is an IRS tax form that you give to your employer (or their payroll service) which informs them how much of your paycheck you wish to have withheld and sent to the IRS to cover your federal income taxes.

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IRS audits and notices

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7 common IRS notices: what you need to know

I received an IRS notice - now what? If you don’t read the notice you received, you may miss an easy resolution opportunity, important deadlines, or accrue additional penalties and interest on outstanding tax debts. Follow these essential steps to respond to an IRS letter.

What is IRS Notice CP14?

IRS notices are letters sent to inform taxpayers of important tax information. Each one is different, but we can explain what the CP14 is about.

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What is IRS Notice CP11?

IRS notices are letters sent to inform taxpayers of important tax information. Each one is different, but we can explain what the CP11 is about.

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What is the IRS Letter 5071C?

With identity theft, data breaches, and tax scams (read our article about those here) becoming more and more common, protecting your personal information should be a top priority. Thankfully, the IRS thinks so too.

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Audits

How do you know if you're being audited by the IRS?

While the risk of being audited is quite low for most, being aware of what audits are, why they are conducted, and how to know that you are being audited is essential for every taxpayer.

Your 5 step guide to surviving an IRS audit

If you’ve received a notice from the IRS about a tax audit, you’re probably feeling a bit dizzy right now. Don’t panic! Learn about immediate steps you can take to improve your situation.

How long does it take to resolve an IRS audit?

IRS audits are rare. But if you are subject to an audit, how long does it take to resolve?

Tax File Minute: Answers from a Tax Insider

Why does the IRS send a tax notice and what to do

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IRS fraud and tax scams

8 Common Types of Tax Scam to Watch for in 2020

Most Americans have encountered a scammer, whether it’s through an email from a fake foreign prince asking for money or a phone call from your “IT department” trying to get your information by convincing you there’s a virus on your computer. Scams from people posing as IRS representatives are becoming more common. Thousands of people fall victim to such scams every year, losing money and valuable time. A small dose of knowledge can prepare you to recognize a tax scam if you’re targeted.

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What Happens If You Lie On Your Taxes?

What Happens If You Lie On Your Taxes?

It is a federal crime to commit tax fraud and you can be fined substantial penalties and face jail time. Lying on your tax return means you committed tax fraud.

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Tax Avoidance Vs Tax Evasion: What’s The Difference?

Tax evasion can lead to fines and criminal charges while using the tax laws to minimize your taxes is often encouraged. So, what's the difference between them?

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