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New IRS Tool Can Help You Find a Tax Preparer


The IRS has launched a new, online public directory of tax return preparers. Now you can use this tool to help you select a tax return preparer with the credentials and qualifications that you prefer. Here are some of the key features of the new Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Select Qualifications:

What types of tax preparers does the directory include?

IRS to Parents: Don’t Miss Out on These Tax Savers


Children may help reduce the amount of taxes owed for the year. If you’re a parent, here are several tax benefits you should look for when you file your federal tax return:

Dependents. In most cases, you can claim your child as a dependent. You can deduct $3,950 for each dependent you are entitled to claim. You must reduce this amount if your income is above certain limits. For more on these rules, see Publication 501, Exemptions, Standard Deduction and Filing Information.

Choose the Right Filing Status


It’s important that you use the correct filing status when you file your tax return. Your status can affect the amount of tax you owe for the year. It may even affect whether you must file a tax return. Keep in mind that your marital status on Dec. 31 is your status for the whole tax year. Sometimes more than one filing status may apply to you. If that happens, choose the one that allows you to pay the lowest tax.

Ten Great Reasons to Visit IRS.gov


No matter when you need tax help or information, your best option is to visit IRS.gov. Our website has many tools and services, which make getting help from the IRS just a click away. Here are ten great reasons to visit IRS.gov, night or day:

Get Tax Help the Easy Way, Use IRS Social Media


It’s easy to get help from the IRS with social media. If you have a smartphone, we have a free app with many uses. If you like YouTube, we have lots of videos to help you file. If you’re on Twitter, follow the IRS for the latest tax news and information.

Here are easy ways to get what you need from the IRS, when and how you want it:

IRS2Go. With this free mobile app from the IRS you can:

o Get your refund status.
o Watch IRS YouTube videos.
o Get tax news updates.
o Follow the IRS.

What You Should Know if You Get Tipped at Work


If you get tips on the job, you should know some things about tips and taxes. Here are a few tips from the IRS to help you file and report your tip income correctly:

• Show all tips on your return. You must report all tips you receive on your federal tax return. This includes the value of tips that are not in cash. Examples include items such as tickets, passes or other items.

• All tips are taxable. You must pay tax on all tips you received during the year. This includes tips directly from customers and tips added to credit cards. It also includes your share of tips received under a tip-splitting agreement with other employees.

Addressing Frequently Asked H-1B Questions

Addressing Frequently Asked H-1B Questions


H-1B season is once again upon us! H-1B petitions for the U.S. government’s 2016 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, 2015, should be filed by April 1, 2015. For fiscal year 2015, USCIS received approximately 172,500 cap-subject petitions. USCIS anticipates the volume of H cap petitions for fiscal year 2016 to be just as high, if not higher, and will far exceed the annual quota of 65,000 regular cap petitions and 20,000 advanced degree cap petitions.