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Beware: Tax Scams

January 26, 2015 notice:  Read this Federal Trade Commission press release about the latest tax scams and how to protect yourself: 1) File early. 2) Remember that the IRS will never contact you by phone or email, and 3) Notify the FTC and the IRS if a scammer contacts you. more...

Exemptions to the Affordable Care Act Shared Responsibility Payment

If you did not have healthcare coverage then you could face a tax penalty under the Affordable Care Act, known as the "Shared Responsibility Payment."  But this is not true for everyone, especially low-income households. You may qualify for an "exemption" from the Shared Responsibility Payment.  In that case, you would not have to pay the penalty. Report your exempt status on Form 8965; file this with your tax retur more...

Maine Tax Refunds for People Living in Motels and Tourist Camps

Contents How do I know if I can get a tax refund? What if I do not occupy the same quarters for the entire 28 day period? Is “continuous occupancy” interrupted if the unit is occupied by different people? Do I get a refund on taxes for other services? more...

Six Tips about Individual Shared Responsibility Payments

NOTE: This information is offered by the IRS for Tax Year 2017.  This includes both rules for making the payment (if you don't have health insurance) and rules about who is "exempt" (does not have to pay).  Many people with very low incomes and people with certain immigrant statuses do not have to pay.  For any month during the year that you or any of your family members don’t have more...

Tax Information for Innocent Spouses

After a divorce or separation, the IRS may be trying to collect taxes from you that you think your spouse or ex-spouse should have to pay. Perhaps you didn't understand that your taxes weren't fully paid, for one reason or another, it may be unfair for you to pay now.  The IRS provides three types of relief. To find out if you may be eligible for this tax relief and how to file for it, please visit the IRS's Tax Information for Innocent Spouses. more...