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HealthCare.gov SHOP Portal Closes

  The HealthCare.gov SHOP Portal Closes Today Reminder: The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) enrollment and payment portal on HealthCare.gov will close permanently  February 10, 2019.   This change follows from the new opportunity for small businesses to enroll directly in SHOP coverage through a qualified agent, broker, or issuer. Regulations finalized last year…

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IRS Tax Tips

It’s “Tax Season” and the IRS has prepared some tips and tools to help you file your taxes. Even if you use a paid tax preparer or tax software, you will find some of this information helpful! Ten things for taxpayers to think about when choosing a tax preparer Where’s My Refund? tool lets taxpayers…

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The NEW IRS 1040

Everything You Need to Know About the NEW IRS Form 1040 Tax Form Form 1040 is used by U.S. taxpayers to file an annual income tax return. As part of a larger effort to help taxpayers, the Internal Revenue Service has streamlined the Form 1040 into a shorter, simpler form for the 2019 tax season….

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IRS Free File Available Now

IRS Free File opens in advance of tax season IR-2019-02 — WASHINGTON — An improved version of IRS Free File begins its 17th filing season as a dozen private-sector partners offer their brand-name products to help eligible taxpayers navigate the new tax reform law and electronically prepare their tax returns. The free online software program,…

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December 31 Deadline for Retirees

IRS reminder: Deadline Dec. 31 for most retirees who must make required retirement plan distributions The Internal Revenue Service reminds retirees born before July 1, 1948, that they usually must take distributions from their individual retirement arrangements (IRAs) and workplace retirement plans by Dec. 31. The payments, called required minimum distributions (RMDs), are normally made…

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New IRS Form 1040

Form 1040 is used by U.S. taxpayers to file an annual income tax return. For Tax Year 2018, you will no longer use Form 1040A or Form 1040EZ, but instead will use the redesigned (“post-card sized”) Form 1040. Many people will only need to file Form 1040 and no schedules. However, if your return is…

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IRS Warns: Beware of the Latest W-2 Scam

Employers Should be Aware of these W-2 Scams Protect your employee information In IRS Tax Tip 2018-188, the IRS warns businesses to be on-guard against a growing wave of identity theft and W-2 scams. Employers hold sensitive tax data on their employees – such as Form W-2 data – which is highly valued by identity…

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Cybersecurity Basics for Small Business

Cybersecurity for small business: Cybersecurity basics As a small business owner, you know that cyber criminals will steal data any place they can find it, whether it’s from a global giant or a Main Street store. So where can you find just-the-facts security advice tailored to your needs? At ftc.gov/cybersecurity. The FTC has boiled it…

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FTC: The Future of Privacy

FTC’s Comment on the future of privacy As the only federal agency with a dual mission to protect consumers and promote competition, the FTC is uniquely situated to comment on the future of privacy policymaking in the United States. So we welcomed the opportunity to respond to the Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information…

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Apply for 2019 Health Coverage

REMINDER: December 15 is the deadline to sign up for coverage starting January 1. Visit HealthCare.gov to create an account, review your options and enroll in coverage. You can enroll in or change 2019 Marketplace health insurance right now. The 2019 Open Enrollment Period runs from Thursday, November 1, 2018, to Saturday, December 15, 2018….

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