Tax Preparation: Are You Ready for Tax Season?

Tax season will be here before you know it. So that you don’t incur a penalty, it helps to be prepared to file your taxes well in advance of the approaching tax deadline. Sadly, nearly 40% of taxpayers wait until the month of April to begin gathering the necessary financial documents that are essential for tax filing. Even business owners should begin preparing their tax documents. When you prepare in advance, you’ll have an easier time filing your taxes. You [...]

Client Portal Login Access Information

If you are a client of SCL Tax Services, you can log in to the “Client Portal” link: through which you will be able to:Check the Status of Your Refund Get a Copy of Your Tax Return Get a Copy of Any Document You submitted to Us Send Questions/Notes/Attachments Upload Documents Provide Client Feedback Request an Appointment Confirm/View Your Client Referrals to Us Update Your Address/Email/Phone/PasswordThis new portal allows us to better serve our clients by putting each one of you in control.  You can now [...]

How Does Divorce Affect Taxes?

The IRS has changed the tax laws and rules that relate to divorce and separation. If you are divorced or recently separated and facing a divorce, the last thing you want to think about is taxes; however, these major life events can affect it. Here are some key points to consider so that you can stay compliant with the IRS.Alimony & Taxes If you pay alimony to your spouse or former spouse, those payments are tax-deductible. The recipient of the payments [...]

Tax Relief to Disasters Victims (Updated, 2020)

The IRS continues to provide disaster relief to victims of natural disasters occurring all around the country. In 2020, there are a variety of programs designed to help those in various states, and who may have been harmed or had their property damaged by one or more disasters, such as storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, and floods. Here are some of the most recent disasters to determine if you qualify for one of these IRS tax relief programs.Hurricane Michael Hurricane Michael was [...]

IRS Warns of Back-to-School Scams

As kids head back to school following their summer break, the IRS has begun issuing warnings to parents to watch out for particular tax scam. The scam works like this: Telephone scammers will target parents of students heading back to school whereby they will demand payments for non-existent taxes. Many of them refer to this as the “Federal Student Tax.” The scammers actually impersonate the IRS. They will call students and demand that they wire the money immediately to pay for [...]

Here Come the Private Tax Debt Collectors … Again

With over 19 million people owing more than $400B in back taxes to the U.S. Treasury, the IRS has started to crack down. Not only has the IRS threatened to take passports away from individuals who have significant back tax bills, the IRS is also turning to private debt collectors to recoup what taxpayers owe. Nearly 4 million taxpayers are working with the IRS through installment agreements. That still leaves over 7 million individuals in the red. Back in 2015, Section 32102 [...]