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Do you need to pay taxes on rental property income?

Having rental property is a common way for many people to generate additional income. You may find yourself interested in this type of venture due to recently inheriting property or due to purchasing property specifically as a rental. While excited about your new income avenue, you likely also know that acting as a rental property owner and landlord will involve a considerable amount of work.

In addition to making sure your tenants stay happy with the property, you also have financial obligations relating to your rental income. While it may seem like more of a passive way to earn extra money as opposed to another full-time job you may have, you still need to take care of paying taxes on the rent payments you receive.

Are you ready to work for yourself and pay estimated taxes?

Until recently, you may not have considered the idea of being self-employed as a viable possibility. You could have had many reasons that you put off acting as your own boss, and having to handle various financial aspects on your own may have been one of those reasons. True, as a self-employed person, you will need to take different considerations for your taxes into account than if you worked for someone else.

In particular, as a self-employed person, you do not have an employer to withhold your taxes every paycheck. While this may seem ideal at first because you receive payment in full rather than having taxes deducted, you could hurt yourself financially if you do not pay your estimated taxes.

How will the IRS consider your LLC come tax time?

When you started your own company, you undoubtedly conducted a thorough review of the possible business entities you could have created. In the end, you chose a limited liability company for many reasons. Of course, you may still have concerns over doing your taxes in association with your company.

Just as with any other job you held, taxes play a major role in the running of your business and any profits you make. If you recently started your business, you may have not had to file your taxes in relation to the business as of yet. Still, you do not want to find yourself scrambling when tax time rolls around, and having the information ahead of time could prove immensely useful.

Here's a look at some of the upcoming tax changes

You may have heard that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act takes effect on Jan. 1, 2019. One of the most talked about portions of the new tax law has been regarding the elimination of the alimony tax deduction. However, there is much more happening than just that.

Since this is the first major tax revision in decades, many people could find themselves confused about what they face at tax time. If you are one of those people, then it may help to have some general information about some of the upcoming changes.

Gig work requires careful budgeting and tax prep

Gig worker is the new name for freelancer. No matter what you call yourself, you and many in California enjoy the freedom and flexibility of the job classification. The work you do is an important part of the economy. Whether you freelance as a writer, designer, artist, IT support or other industry, you allow business owners and others to operate with a low overhead.

However, the advantage you provide for your employers may be exactly the drawbacks to your job. You have no health insurance or other benefits, no steady income and no real security. Your employer likely does not deduct taxes from your check either. Among the many challenges you face as a freelancer is the preparation of your taxes.

Are you in charge of filing the taxes of a deceased loved one?

Filing your own taxes can have its complications. Even if you know all of your financial information, you may still struggle to know the right way to file. Therefore, when you find yourself in charge of handling the taxes of a recently deceased loved one, you may have even more concerns about the proper steps to take.

In order to complete this endeavor, you will need to have the right information and fill out the correct forms, just as you would with your own return. Of course, since you are dealing with someone else's information and with the fact that the individual has died, you could face more complexities than you would with just filing your own personal tax return.

3 actions to avoid in hopes of preventing an IRS audit

Whether you have already filed or can feel the heat of the tax season deadline quickly approaching, you may have apprehensions regarding your tax return. Though some relief comes from completing the filing process, you may still worry that the Internal Revenue Service could contact you about an issue with your return or to conduct an audit.

Most California tax payers worry about the potential for an IRS audit. After all, dealing with taxes can be a complicated and stressful affair, and a simple mistake could easily throw your entire return off balance. Fortunately, the likelihood of facing an audit remains relatively low. Still, you could take steps to help yourself avoid an audit.

What to do when your taxes are complicated

With a little more than a month left before tax returns are due, you may be gathering your documents and getting mentally prepared for a long afternoon of assembling your return. If you own a business, own investment properties or have other complex income, you already know the frustration and confusion you may face.

Part of that frustration is the worry that you may make a critical mistake. Mistakes on your tax return can require more work as you track down additional documentation, delay your refund or put you at risk for an audit by the IRS. Identifying the most common mistakes is the first step in helping you avoid them.

Haven't filed taxes in a few years? You may wish to take action.

Taxes are complicated. This is a notion with which most everyone agrees. Because it can prove difficult to fully and correctly file tax returns, you — and many other California residents — may not know the best way to handle any issues that may arise with your particular tax situation. In fact, because of fears and anxieties, you may have avoided filing your taxes for a few years.

One of the main reasons individuals do not file their taxes relates to financial complications. A person may have filed a return, owed taxes, failed to pay those taxes in full and feared that another filing would result in more owed funds or repercussions for not having paid the previous deficits. While this can seem nerve-wracking, you may benefit more from filing than from avoiding your taxes.

Should an enrolled agent or tax attorney help with your tax prep?

With tax season just around the corner, you and many other California residents may already dread having to go through the filing process. Not only does it take time and effort to ensure that you complete your forms correctly, you may also end up owing taxes, which can feel disheartening and also potentially cause financial strain. If a mistake ends up on your tax forms, you could also possibly face additional issues that could include an audit.

You may not feel that you have the knowledge and overall ability to fill out the correct tax forms without making mistakes. Because tax laws continually change, even in just minor ways, you may not feel confident in handling the tax-filing process yourself. Though you have options for choosing a professional to help you, you may wonder which type of professional could best meet your needs.

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