Employers who hire unemployed workers this year (after Feb. 3, 2010 and before Jan. 1, 2011) may qualify for a 6.2-percent payroll tax incentive, in effect exempting them from their share of Social Security taxes on wages paid to these workers after March 18, 2010. more
Archive for January, 2011
Beginning in 2011, the Financial Management Service (FMS), a Bureau of the Treasury Department, is eliminating Federal Tax Deposit Coupons (Form 8109)….beginning January 1, 2011, all deposits must be made using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS).
There are penalties for depositing late, or for mailing payments directly to the IRS that are required to be deposited, unless you have reasonable cause for doing so.
Employers below the $2,500 threshold may remit the employment taxes with their Form 941 or Form 944, may voluntarily make deposits by EFTPS, or may use other methods of payment as provided by the instructions relating to the return
To enroll in EFTPS, call 800-555-4477, or to enroll online, visit http://www.eftps.gov. For general information about EFTPS, call 800-829-1040 for individuals or 800-829-4933 for businesses.
Due Date is April 18
No More Phase-Outs for Itemized Deductions and Exemptions
Liberalized Adoption Credit
One-Time Break for Self-Employed Individuals
Homebuyer Credit Repayment Rules Kick In
As I explained in an earlier column, you may have to repay part or all of the credit claimed for a 2008 or 2009 home purchase with your 2010 Form 1040.
In most cases, however, only those who purchased homes in 2008 will be affected. They will generally have to repay 1/15 of the credit with the 2010 Form 1040. If this rule impacts you, fill out Form 5405 (First-Time Homebuyer Credit and Repayment of the Credit), and enter the repayment amount as an addition to your tax bill on line 59 of Form 1040.
Real Estate Tax Deduction for Non-Itemizers is Gone
Deductions for Sales Taxes on New Vehicle Purchases Are Gone
Break for Unemployment Benefits Is Gone
In 2009, the first $2,400 of unemployment benefits was federal-income-tax-free. This break was not continued for 2010. Therefore, 100% of 2010 unemployment benefits generally must be reported as income on Form 1040 (use line 19).
Your Tax Preparer Might E-File Your Return This Time