H And R Block’s CEO Bill Cobb Is Being Pro-Active

This demand could seem a little weird considering it comes from an organization specializing in tax preparation and earning by way of filing millions of tax returns. Still, H And R Block‘s CEO (Bill Cobb) gave a statement Tuesday saying he supports making the 74,000 pages of tax code substantially less intimidating.

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On CNBC Cobb told ‘Squawk Box’ that there are indeed several ways of making the tax code a lot simpler. He also added that be believes it’s nonsense to break up a code that is so long just because it seems too complex.

While all of that was going on, the GOP front-runner that everybody knows well, Mr. Donald Trump, stated that he’d like to put H&R Block totally out of business. He wants to streamline our tax system by putting in revenue neutral proposals.
Cobb, however, is proposing that rather than change the rules … Read the rest about Filing Taxes

The Government Can Take Your Tax Refund

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Taxpayers are filing their taxes early this year to avoid having an identity thief file their return before they do. But what is surprising some is that the government keeps their tax refund and uses it to pay down their student loan debt when they are in default. Called the Treasury Offset Program, the Department of Education is able to take Social Security payments and tax refunds and apply them to outstanding debt that you have not been paying.

Experts in the field say the Department of Education is required to notify you ahead of time if they intend to apply this offset program to your funds. Within this notification are rules and what you can do to avoid this happening to your tax refund at tax time.

You can request a hearing if your loan was not in default when the funds were taken and … Read the rest about Filing Taxes

Get Caught Up On Your Expat Taxes

Did you know that there are over 7.6 million American people living or working overseas? Half of these people are only filing their US tax returns, despite still being citizens. It is clear that many expats do not realize that they still have an obligation to the US Federal Tax. This means that they are in fact targets for the IRS. Luckily, there are ways to get rid of this worry and move on.

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This is probably the best way to deal with filing taxes if a person was not aware of them. This is a great program that was designed to be able to fix tax problems without seeming like you were hiding amounts of money, or knowingly evading taxes. Most people fall into this category if they live overseas. This means that they have to only provide the last 3 years of … Read the rest about Filing Taxes

Free File Makes Tax Filing Easy

Filing taxes is easy if you take advantage of the arrangement between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, a group of private sector companies producing tax filing software. These companies allow their products to be used for no cost, and over 40 million taxpayers have safely and easily electronically filed their tax return for free using the software. Filing your return electronically and requesting direct deposit when filing taxes is the fastest way to get your tax refund.

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You must go to the IRS website (www.IRS.gov) to use the Free File program and you can prepare, print and then file your tax return once you have chosen a company to work with.

You may be able to find useful tax breaks that you can claim, by using the question and answer format of the Free File software, and the software will do all … Read the rest about Filing Taxes