With April 15 coming up quickly, most residents of Frankfort and the other Chicago suburbs are looking forward to filing their taxes, paying what they owe or collecting their refund and being done with income taxes for the year.
With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act taking effect, 2019 is going to mean a lot of changes to the way people report, calculate, and pay their federal income taxes. Some of these changes will affect a broad range of people, while others may affect residents of the Chicago area in certain situations, such as those who hold multiple properties.
Previous posts on this blog have talked about how people accused of tax evasion and other serious malfeasance with respect to their tax obligations may face severe penalties, including the possibility of criminal charges being filed against them.
There are probably very few people in the greater Chicago area who really want to go through an IRS audit of their federal tax returns, even if it is simply a desk audit involving an exchange of correspondence.
A previous post on this blog talked about how likely it is for a resident of the greater Chicago area to face an IRS tax audit. The likelihood of an IRS audit depends heavily on how much money a person makes, and it can also depend on a number of other factors that the IRS generally keeps tight-lipped about.
As this blog has reported on previous occasions, several people and businesses in the greater Chicago area are going to face a tax audit from the IRS in the upcoming weeks and months, assuming they have not done so already. It may leave an Illinois resident wondering what their chances of getting audited really are.
Facing an audit of one's federal tax returns is rarely a pleasant experience and is more often than not downright stressful.
Every year around this time Illinois residents begin scraping together their W-2s, donation receipts and other tax documentation so that they can submit their state and federal tax returns. Most of the time this is a boring and somewhat straightforward process, wherein a tax payer fills out their tax forms online or hands their tax documentation over to their accountant for submittal. After several weeks those tax payers who are lucky enough to not owe money will receive refund checks compensating them for the taxes they overpaid in the prior year.
The IRS has stated that, for federal tax purposes, virtual currency or cryptocurrency investments are treated as property, with general tax principles applying. For people in the business of trading or mining these virtual currencies, any gains will be treated as ordinary income. For those who invest in or hold cryptocurrencies for personal (non-business) reasons, they are considered capital assets. Net gains are subject to the capital gains tax.
Now that many parents have helped their children with settling into the college or university, parents need to be reminded that our current tax law provides tax credits for certain qualified education expenses. Here is a short summary of some of the benefits available to parents.