Consejos del IRS Para los Contribuyentes que se les Pasó la Fecha Límite de Presentación de Impuestos

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Si a usted se le pasó la fecha límite para presentar la declaración de impuestos, no se alarme. Aquí tiene algunos consejos del IRS.       

 

  • Presente tan pronto pueda. Si adeuda impuestos federales, debe presentar y pagar lo más pronto posible para reducir cargos de multas e intereses. No hay multa por presentar una declaración tarde si le corresponde un reembolso.
  •  IRS Free File es su mejor opción. Todos pueden usar IRS Free File para presentar su declaración de impuestos gratuitamente. Si su ingreso es de $58,000 o menos, usted puede usar los software de marca comercial gratuitos. Si ganó más de $58,000 y se siente cómodo preparando su propia declaración de impuestos, use los formularios interactivos de Free File. Este programa usa las versiones electrónicas de los formularios del IRS en papel. IRS Free File está disponible hasta el 15 de octubre a través de IRS.gov.
  •  E-file del IRS aún sigue disponible. Los programas de E-file del IRS están disponibles hasta el 15 de octubre. E-file es la manera más segura y precisa de presentar. Con e-file, usted recibe confirmación de que el IRS recibió su declaración de impuestos. Si usted usa e-file y recibe un reembolso, el IRS normalmente se lo enviará dentro de un plazo de 21 días.
  • Pague lo más que pueda. Si adeuda impuestos pero no puede pagar el total, pague lo más que pueda al presentar la declaración de impuestos. Pague el saldo restante tan pronto como sea posible para reducir las multas y los cargos de intereses.
  • Haga un acuerdo de pagos a plazo en línea. Si necesita más tiempo para pagar sus impuestos federales, usted puede solicitar un acuerdo de pagos a plazo con el IRS. La manera más fácil de hacerlo es solicitándolo en línea mediante la Herramienta de Solicitud Electrónica para el Acuerdo de Pagos a Plazo. También puede enviar por correo el Formulario 9465, Solicitud para un Plan de Pagos a Plazos. Tanto la herramienta como el formulario están disponibles en irs.gov.
  • Puede haber un reembolso esperándole.  Si se le debe un reembolso, debe presentar lo más pronto posible para reclamarlo. Incluso si no está obligado a presentar puede tener derecho a un reembolso. Esto podría aplicar si usted tuvo los impuestos retenidos de su salario, o si califica para recibir ciertos créditos tributarios.

 Para más información, visite IRS.gov.

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Lo Que Debe Saber Si Necesita Más Tiempo para Presentar su Declaración de Impuestos

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El 15 de abril, la fecha límite para presentar sus impuestos y está a la vuelta de la esquina. ¿Qué pasa si usted no puede presentar su declaración antes de la fecha límite? Si necesita más tiempo, puede obtener una prórroga automática de seis meses del IRS. No tiene que explicar el por qué está pidiendo más tiempo. Aquí hay cinco datos importantes que debe saber sobre la presentación de una extensión:

1. Presente a tiempo, incluso si usted no puede pagar. Si completa su declaración de impuestos, pero no puede pagar los impuestos que debe, no solicite una prórroga. En su lugar, presente su declaración a tiempo y pague lo más que pueda. De esa manera usted evitará la multa por una presentación tardía, la cual es mayor a la multa por no pagar todos los impuestos a tiempo. Además, usted tiene opciones de pago. Solicite un plan de pago usando laSolilcitud Electronica de Acuerdo de Pago en Línea en IRS.gov. También puede presentar el Formulario 9465(SP), Solicitud de Acuerdo a Plazos con su declaración de impuestos. Si usted no puede hacer los pagos adeudados por una dificultad financiera (en inglés), el IRS trabajará con usted.

2. La Prórroga es para presentar no otorga más tiempo para pagar. Unaprórroga para presentar le dará seis meses más para presentar su declaración de impuestos, hasta el 15 de octubre. No le da más tiempo para pagar sus impuestos. No obstante, debe estimar y pagar lo que adeuda antes del 15 de abril. Se le cobrarán intereses sobre cualquier cantidad no pagada para la fecha límite. Usted también puede pagar una multa por no pagar a tiempo.

3. Use Free File del IRS para solicitar una prórroga. Puede usar Free File del  IRS para solicitar su prórroga. Free File está disponible sólo a través de la página web IRS.gov. Usted debe presentar electrónicamente la solicitud para la medianoche del 15 de abril. Si hace su solicitud de prórroga electrónicamente, el IRS le enviara un acuse de recibo. También puede regresar a Free File en cualquier momento antes del 15 de octubre para preparar y presentar electrónicamente y gratis su declaración de impuestos.

4. Use el Formulario 4868(SP). También puede solicitar una extensión enviando por correo el Formulario 4868(SP), Solicitud de Prórroga Automática para Presentar Impuestos sobre Ingreso Personal de los Estados Unidos. Usted debe presentar este formulario al IRS antes del 15 de abril. El Formulario 4868 está disponible en IRS.gov.

No es necesario presentar un Formulario 4868 en papel si realiza un pago con la opción de pago electrónica del IRS. El IRS procesará automáticamente su extensión cuando usted paga electrónicamente. Usted puede pagar en línea o por teléfono.

5. Retiro electrónico de fondos. Si hace su presentación electrónicamente de una solicitud de prórroga, también puede pagar el saldo que adeude al autorizar un retiro electrónico de fondos de su cuenta corriente o de ahorros. Para hacer esto usted necesitará su número de ruta del banco y de la cuenta.

Visite IRS.gov para más información sobre cómo presentar una extensión y las muchas opciones que usted tiene que pagar sus impuestos.

 

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Tips for Taxpayers Who Missed the Tax Deadline

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If you missed the April 15 tax filing deadline, don’t panic. Here’s some advice from the IRS.

• File as soon as you can.  If you owe taxes, you should file and pay as soon as you can. This will help minimize the interest and penalty charges. There is no penalty for filing a late return if you are due a refund.

• IRS Free File is your best option.  Everyone can use IRS Free File to e-file their federal taxes for free. If your income was $58,000 or less, you can use free brand-name software. If you made more than $58,000 and are comfortable preparing your own tax return, use Free File Fillable Forms to e-file. This program uses the electronic versions of paper IRS forms. IRS Free File is available through Oct. 15 only through IRS.gov. 

• IRS E-file is still available.  IRS e-file is available through Oct. 15. E-file is the easiest, safest and most accurate way to file your taxes. With e-file you receive confirmation that the IRS received your tax return. If you e-file and choose direct deposit of your refund, you’ll normally get it within 21 days.

• Pay as much as you can.  If you owe tax but can’t pay it all at once, try to pay as much as you can when you file your tax return. Pay the remaining balance as soon as possible to stop further penalties and interest.

• Make a payment agreement online.  If you need more time to pay your taxes, you can apply for a payment plan with the IRS. The easiest way to apply is to use the IRS Online Payment Agreement tool. You can also mail Form 9465, Installment Agreement Request. The tool and form are both available on IRS.gov.

• A refund may be waiting.  If you’re due a refund, you should file as soon as possible to get it. Even if you are not required to file, you may still get a refund. This could apply if you had taxes withheld from your wages or you qualify for certain tax credits. If you don’t file your return within three years, you could forfeit your right to the refund.

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IRS Renews Phone Scam Warning

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The IRS today renewed its Oct. 2013 warning about a pervasive phone scam that continues to target people across the nation, including recent immigrants. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration called it the largest scam of its kind. As of March 20, TIGTA reported that it has received reports of over 20,000 contacts related to this scam. TIGTA also stated that thousands of victims have paid over $1 million to fraudsters claiming to be from the IRS.

In this scam, the thief poses as the IRS and makes an unsolicited call to their target. The caller tells the victim they owe taxes to the IRS. They demand that the victim pay the money immediately with a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. The caller often threatens the victim with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting. Thieves who run this scam often:

  • Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers.
  • Know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security Number.
  • Make caller ID appear as if the IRS is calling.
  • Send bogus IRS e-mails to support the bogus calls.
  • Call a second time claiming to be the police or department of motor vehicles. The caller ID again appears to support their claim.

If you get a call from someone who claims to be with the IRS asking you to pay back taxes, here’s what you should do:

  • If you owe, or think you might owe federal taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.
  • If you don’t owe taxes, call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.
  • You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments in your complaint.

Here are a few warning signs so you can protect yourself and avoid becoming a victim of these crimes:

  • Be wary of any unexpected phone or email communication allegedly from the IRS.
  • Don’t fall for phone and phishing email scams that use the IRS as a lure. Thieves often pose as the IRS using a bogus refund or warnings to pay past-due taxes.
  • The IRS usually first contacts people by mail – not by phone – about unpaid taxes.
  • The IRS won’t ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The IRS also won’t ask for a credit card number over the phone.
  • The IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of e-communication, such as text messages and social media channels.
  • The IRS doesn’t ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential information for credit card, bank or other accounts.

The IRS urges you to be vigilant against the many different types of tax scams. Their common goal is to steal your money, and often to steal your identity. Visit the genuine IRS website, IRS.gov, for more on what you should do to avoid becoming a victim.

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IRS Reminds Those with Foreign Assets of U.S. Tax Obligations

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WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service reminds U.S. citizens and resident aliens, including those with dual citizenship who have lived or worked abroad during all or part of 2013, that they may have a U.S. tax liability and a filing requirement in 2014.

The filing deadline is Monday, June 16, 2014, for U.S. citizens and resident aliens living overseas, or serving in the military outside the U.S. on the regular due date of their tax return. Eligible taxpayers get one additional day because the normal June 15 extended due date falls on Sunday this year. To use this automatic two-month extension, taxpayers must attach a statement to their return explaining which of these two situations applies. See U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad for details.

Nonresident aliens who received income from U.S. sources in 2013 also must determine whether they have a U.S. tax obligation. The filing deadline for nonresident aliens can be April 15 or June 16 depending on sources of income. See Taxation of Nonresident Aliens on IRS.gov.

Federal law requires U.S. citizens and resident aliens to report any worldwide income, including income from foreign trusts and foreign bank and securities accounts. In most cases, affected taxpayers need to fill out and attachSchedule B to their tax return. Certain taxpayers may also have to fill out and attach to their return Form 8938, Statement of Foreign Financial Assets.

Part III of Schedule B asks about the existence of foreign accounts, such as bank and securities accounts, and usually requires U.S. citizens to report the country in which each account is located.

Generally, U.S. citizens, resident aliens and certain nonresident aliens must report specified foreign financial assets on Form 8938 if the aggregate value of those assets exceeds certain thresholds. See the instructions for this form for details.

Separately, taxpayers with foreign accounts whose aggregate value exceeded $10,000 at any time during 2013 must file electronically with the Treasury Department a Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR). This form replaces TD F 90-22.1, the FBAR form used in the past. It is due to the Treasury Department by June 30, 2014, must be filed electronically and is only available online through the BSA E-Filing System website. For details regarding the FBAR requirements, see Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR).

Taxpayers abroad can now use IRS Free File to prepare and electronically file their returns for free. This means both U.S. citizens and resident aliens living abroad with adjusted gross incomes (AGI) of $58,000 or less can use brand-name software to prepare their returns and then e-file them for free. A second option, Free File Fillable Forms the electronic version of IRS paper forms, has no income limit and is best suited to people who are comfortable preparing their own tax return. Check out the e-file link on IRS.gov for details on the various electronic filing options.

A limited number of companies provide software that can accommodate foreign addresses. To determine which will work best, view the complete Free File Software list and the services provided. Both e-file and Free File are available until Oct. 15, 2014, for anyone filing a 2013 return.

Any U.S. taxpayer here or abroad with tax questions can use the online IRS Tax Map and the International Tax Topic Index to get answers. These online tools assemble or group IRS forms, publications and web pages by subject and provide users with a single entry point to find tax information.

IRS Debunks Frivolous Tax Arguments

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WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today released the 2014 version of “The Truth about Frivolous Tax Arguments.” The document describes and responds to some of the common frivolous tax arguments made by those who oppose compliance with federal tax laws. The cases cited demonstrate how frivolous arguments are treated by the IRS and the courts. The 2014 version includes numerous recently-decided cases that demonstrate that the courts continue to regard such arguments as illegitimate.

Examples of frivolous arguments include contentions that taxpayers can refuse to pay income taxes on religious or moral grounds by invoking the First Amendment; that the only “employees” subject to federal income tax are employees of the federal government; and that only foreign-source income is taxable.

Frivolous Arguments appeared on the IRS annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams that was released on February 19.

Promoters of frivolous schemes encourage taxpayers to make unreasonable and outlandish claims to avoid paying the taxes they owe. While taxpayers have the right to contest their tax liabilities, no one has the right to disobey the law or disregard their responsibility to pay taxes. The penalty for filing a frivolous tax return is $5,000. The penalty is applied to anyone who submits a tax return or other specified submission, if any portion of the submission is based on a position the IRS identifies as frivolous.

Those who promote or adopt frivolous positions also risk a variety of other penalties.  For example, taxpayers could be responsible for an accuracy-related penalty, a civil fraud penalty, an erroneous refund claim penalty, or a failure to file penalty. The Tax Court may also impose a penalty against taxpayers who make frivolous arguments in court.  

Taxpayers who rely on frivolous arguments and schemes may also face criminal prosecution for attempting to evade or defeat tax. Similarly, taxpayers may be convicted of a felony for willfully making and signing under penalties of perjury any return, statement, or other document that the person does not believe to be true and correct as to every material matter.

Persons who promote frivolous arguments and those who assist taxpayers in claiming tax benefits based on frivolous arguments may be prosecuted for a criminal felony.

Four Tips If You Can’t Pay Your Taxes on Time

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If you find you owe more than you can pay with your tax return, don’t panic. Make sure to file on time. That way you won’t have a penalty for filing late.

Here is what to do if you can’t pay all your taxes by the due date.

1. File on time and pay as much as you can.  File on time to avoid a late filing penalty. Pay as much as you can to reduce interest charges and a late payment penalty. You can pay online, by phone, or by check or money order. Visit IRS.gov for electronic payment options.

2. Get a loan or use a credit card to pay your tax. The interest and fees charged by a bank or credit card company may be less than IRS interest and penalties. For credit card options, see IRS.gov.

3. Use the Online Payment Agreement tool.  You don’t need to wait for IRS to send you a bill before you ask for a payment plan. The best way is to use the Online Payment Agreement tool on IRS.gov. You can also file Form 9465, Installment Agreement Request, with your tax return. You can even set up a direct debit agreement. With this type of payment plan, you won’t have to write a check and mail it on time each month. It also means you won’t miss payments that could lead to more penalties.

4. Don’t ignore a tax bill.  If you get a bill, don’t ignore it.  The IRS may take collection action if you ignore the bill. Contact the IRS right away to talk about your options. If you are suffering a financial hardship, the IRS will work with you.

In short, remember to file on time. Pay as much as you can by the tax deadline and pay the rest as soon as you can. Find out more about the IRS collection process on IRS.gov. Also check out IRSVideos.gov/OweTaxes.

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