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How does the new tax law impact lottery winnings?

Jackpots in some of the biggest lottery games have never been bigger. Mega Millions recently offered a $445 million dollar prize. Powerball has offered $550 million in winnings. Add these big winnings to the fact the new tax law cut rates for those in the highest brackets and it would seem those who win the lottery will end up even richer.

Different treatment for different assets under new tax plan

President Donald Trump signed the long fought GOP tax proposal into law before taking a holiday break. The president put together a news conference to televise the event and used a bold marker to make the changes official. The changes will likely impact everyone throughout the country, both businesses and individuals.

Employers will not longer be fined for reimbursing employees

While the news about politics has centered around President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team, little news about tax reform has hit the mainstream media. However, Congress has made some changes that could affect employers and employees alike as early as next year.

Beware of Orlando related scams

It is expected that out of tragedy comes humanity. In the aftermath of the mass shootings in Orlando last week, scores of people have stepped up to provide relief in the form of monetary donations. GoFundMe pages have been established, and local charities have accepted donations of all kinds.

Should you use an accountant or a tax attorney for tax issues?

Generally speaking, no one really wants to deal with tax issues; whether they are figuring out what exemptions may apply given one’s tax bracket or dealing directly with the IRS on a Notice of Lien, it may be difficult to determine who is better equipped to help with your problem: an accountant or a tax attorney.

Three tips for dealing with the IRS

To many people, the IRS is like the “boogeyman.” Part legend, part myth; but every bit as scary as one’s childhood fears. Part of this is because the federal government’s vast power to collect on past due taxes. The other is that there are so many stories of IRS agents seizing property and freezing assets. In fact, stories abound of celebrities and rich elites being brought down by the IRS. So when it comes to a person of average income, there are a number of things to know.

If you are facing a tax controversy have a lawyer on your side

If you or your business is facing a tax controversy it is likely that you are nervous and stressed about what the outcome will be. Will you have to pay more money to the Internal Revenue Service? Will you be assessed penalties? When you are facing collections, an audit or a criminal investigation, you need to take the situation seriously. This means having someone on your side to handle these matters for you.

Things we can learn from Rev. Al Sharpton's tax issues

It is fair to say that the life of the average tax payer does not resemble that of civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton. That said, tax issues such as those he is currently facing are something that people throughout the nation, including the state of California, encounter fairly regularly. Accordingly, there are likely things that tax payers from all backgrounds can take away from his situation. 

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