You can file Form 4506, but it could take up to 60 days to receive a photocopy and cost you $39. Better option: Call the IRS to order a transcript that lists line items from your original return (only 1040s) for up to three previous years.
Q: My elderly father lives in Spain and plans to give large financial gifts to our family this year. Are there any special IRS requirements we must meet? T.D., Vero Beach, Fla.
Q: We own a vacation home in Vermont that we are leaving to our adult son in our wills. The home cost $95,000 and is now worth around $300,000. We’ve made about $15,000 in improvements over the years. Will our son owe any income tax if he inherits the home in the next few years? M.M., Stamford, Conn.
Q: My brother borrowed $20,000 from me back in 2000. We set up a payment plan with 7 percent interest payments. But he only paid back $2,700 before he died last year without any real assets. Can I deduct the unpaid balance on my 2003 return? K.R., Newburgh, N.Y.
After 12 years with the same company, I am losing my job due to a merger. I have no other job lined up. Should I elect COBRA health and dental coverage? Are there any tax benefits?
If your business pays nonemployees for services, you’re responsible for providing that information to the IRS each year.
The timing is critical, and the clock is running down.
C corporations offer better tax treatment for fringe benefits than S corporations. But don’t avoid an S corporation election simply because of fringe benefits.
The 2003 tax law spawned dozens of great tax strategies, plus a couple of duds.
One lame concept gaining traction these days: Reduced individual income tax rates make your tax-deferred retirement plan an inferior retirement savings vehicle. Instead, the story goes, you should stash your retirement money in a taxable account at your friendly brokerage firm.
If parking space is at a premium near your building, you may pay for employees to park their cars in a nearby garage or lot.
If you set up a qualified fringe benefit plan, your company can deduct those parking costs, and the benefit is tax-free to the employees. Unfortunately, your company may pay a pretty penny for its local parking privileges.
File more business tax forms electronically.
IRS shifting jobs from clerical to crackdown.
Educate yourself on Health Savings Accounts.