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Find out if you qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit EITC / EIC

EITC, the Earned Income Tax Credit, sometimes called EIC is a tax credit to help you keep more of what you earned. It is a refundable federal income tax credit for low to moderate income working individuals and families. Congress originally approved the tax credit legislation in 1975 in part to offset the burden of …

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IDENTITY THEFT ISSUES

The IRS, in conjunction with the Justice Department and other Federal, state, and local agencies, has intensified their efforts at preventing, detecting, and resolving identity theft and refund fraud. The identity theft and refund fraud effort has involved 734 enforcement actions involving 389 individuals. The effort included 109 arrests, 189 indictments and complaints, and 47 …

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What to Expect for Federal Refunds for the 2013 Filing Season

It is important to set your  expectations for when the IRS will be sending refunds during the upcoming 2013 Filing Season and beyond. Due to the increase in fraud and identity theft, the IRS is increasing their fraud filters during the processing of all individual returns. This means that a larger number of returns will …

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Short Sale or Foreclosure – the Income Tax Consequences

We are CPAs in Chicago and provide the following summary for the benefit of Taxpayers in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. These days a lot of home owners or real estate investors are encountering numerous questions about the tax consequences of these situations. That’s why it’s more important than ever for real estate owners to understand …

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Foreign Financial Accounts / Signature / Authority over foreign financial accounts

As a CPA in Chicago, I had received a lot of calls regarding the issue of Foreign Financial Accounts.  Apparently, this was a hot topic last year.  Every U.S. person who has a financial interest in or signature or other authority over any foreign financial accounts (including bank, securities and other types of financial accounts in …

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