How long do I keep my records and tax returns?
You should keep your records and tax returns for at least 4 years from the date the return was filed or the date the return was required to be filed, whichever is later. It is recommended that you keep these records longer if possible. Keep records related to purchase of homes, refinancing and purchase of major business assets permanently.
What do I need to bring when I am having my
Following is a list of the more common items you should bring if you have them.
- Wage statements (Form W-2)
- Pension, or retirement income (Forms 1099-R)
- Dependents' Social Security numbers and dates of birth
- Last year's tax return
- Information on education expenses
- Information on the sales of stocks and/or bonds
- Self-employed business income and expenses
- Lottery and/or gambling winnings and losses
- State refund amount
- Social Security and/or unemployment income
- Income and expenses from rentals
- Record of purchase or sale of real estate
- Medical and dental expenses
- Real estate and personal property taxes
- Estimated taxes or foreign taxes paid
- Cash and non-cash charitable donations
- Mortgage or home equity loan interest paid (Form 1098)
- Unreimbursed employment-related expenses
- Job-related educational expenses
- Child care expenses and provider information And any other items that you think may be necessary for your taxes.
What are the differences between a Roth and a
A traditional IRA lets you deduct contributions in the year you make them, and the distributions are included as income on your return when you withdraw from the IRA after reaching age 59½. A Roth IRA does not let you deduct the contributions, but you also do not report the distributions as income, no matter how much the Roth account has appreciated. With a Roth, you can exclude the income earned in the account from being taxed.
My employer tells me I will receive a 1099. What does this mean for my taxes?
When you receive a 1099, it means you are considered an independent contractor. You will not have any withholding or payroll taxes deducted from your pay. You should keep track of all business expenses and a journal of your mileage driven for work. If the amount you expect to receive is substantial, you should probably be making estimated tax payments. Please contact us if you have any questions about this.
I owe the IRS money. What are my options?
If you can afford to pay the amount you owe, it should be
paid. But many times that is not the case. If you cannot
afford to pay, you have several options. Ignoring the IRS
should not be one of them!
What do I do if I receive a notice from the IRS about my
Don’t panic! the first thing to do is carefully read the notice—to determine why it was sent, what the IRS is requesting, and what they want you to do. It may be nothing of importance; it may even be a notice in your favor. After reading it you should bring it to my attention.
Leslie Wilson, CPA
324 Hadnall Court, Roseville, CA 95747