Multiple Names on Social Security Card
I have seen returns reject because of a name mismatch--more often than not, it is because the person had multiple middle or last names, and the names were not entered correctly. Names have to match the Social Security database--one reason why we need the Social Security cards. With multiple names it is still easy to make a mistake. Please check out this really short document.
Client owes the IRS from prior year, and they are due a refund this year. And they are facing financial hardship like eviction or utility cut-off, read attached before e-filing, there may be help. Click Here
Misclassified Employee? Client receive a 1099-NEC and you think they may have been misclassified and should be treated as an employee and receive a W2? See this hand out for steps client should follow. In English and Spanish.
Here is a great website with instructions the client can follow on their own. It is very informative. Click Here
More from the IRS Click Here.
Reporting TIP Income for an EMPLOYEE that is not reported on a W2 CLICK HERE
For self-employed, it goes on the Schedule C income menu-ok to enter in first box with other cash income
Are Awarded Damages Taxable? An article by Jonlyn & Associates (they have a great newsletter you can sign up for)
What to do when the IRS says your cleint is deceased. Click image to learn more (HINT--Don't let them scratch/bite you)
Client has 1042-S for Gambling Winnings See how to enter, Click Here *Client must be able to file 1040; they have green card, have passed the Standard of Presence test, or are married to U.S. citizen (see PUB 4012 L1-2 for more info on this)
Inherited Property--A good article from TurboTax titled 4 Ways to Protect Your Inheritance (though not really a VITA topic-- good to know for ourselves as well)
Received an Incorrect W-2? If the employer won't correct it, follow the steps outlined here https://www.irs.gov/faqs/irs-procedures/w-2-additional-incorrect-lost-non-receipt-omitted/w-2-additional-incorrect-lost-non-receipt-omitted
If a client had to move due to a disaster and they need to update their address with the IRS before their next tax return is processed, they should call the IRS Disaster Hotline at 866-562-5227
Florida Unemployment Form 1099-G and the darn pop-up blocker
Many people are having trouble getting their Florida Unemployment 1099-G because of the silly pop-up blockers. See PDF for how to get through that.
Windows 11 Update- what to do to avoid having a username/password on a shared volunteer computer
We ordered some brand new computers—HP with Windows 11. We were concerned about the need to have Microsoft Accounts on all—with user names and passwords for shared computers. This is not an issue after all.
Once you have your new computer—turn on and go through the initial set-up (using your Microsoft Account) Then…
That is all we had to do.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: I, Mary Meador, AM NOT a certified accountant or tax law expert. I volunteer with VITA providing free tax preparation for individuals and families whose income is less than $66,000 a year. We deal with simple returns at our sites. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of all the information on this site as tax laws change and I may not have a clear understanding of complicated issues. I am trying to provide basic tax preparation information for our volunteers to get started--remember Publication 4012 is your go-to resource for questions, as well as irs.gov and Publication 17. I hope you find this information useful and easy to understand. Thanks for being a VITA/TCE volunteer!
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