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10 Not-to-be-Missed Deductions for Your 2022 Freelance Taxes

The IRS begins accepting tax returns soon, which means if you want to expedite any potential deductions so you can get your return sooner rather than later and reduce your tax burden as much as possible you should consider completing your tax return and consider these deductions:1. Business travel expenses. If you travel for work to attend conferences...

New Yorkers: File Your Taxes with NYC Free Tax Prep

On Thursday, January 26th, Mayor Eric Adams announced NYC Free Tax Prep services available to workers across the five boroughs in his State of the City Address. The program covers self-employed New Yorkers and provides free year-round income tax services to freelance workers and small businesses to help navigate tax filing, with an IRS-certified VITA/TCE...

Tax basics: Understanding the difference between standard and itemized deductions

One of the first decisions taxpayers must make when completing a tax return is whether to take the standard deduction or itemize their deductions. There are several factors that can influence a taxpayer's choice, including changes to their tax situation, any changes to the standard deduction amount and recent tax law changes.Generally, most taxpayers...

Hardship Accommodation Plan for Economic Injury Disaster Loans May Help Your Freelance Business Cash Flow

If your freelance business received an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) during the COVID pandemic, it will soon be time to start paying it back, given that The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) extended 30-month deferment period is coming to a close.Under the SBA’s existing deferment program loan payments were deferred for up to 30 months...

IRS sets Jan. 23 as official start to 2023 tax filing season; more helpavailable for taxpayers this year

The Internal Revenue Service today announced Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, as the beginning of the nation's 2023 tax season when the agency will begin accepting and processing 2022 tax year returns.More than 168 million individual tax returns are expected to be filed, with the vast majority of those coming before the April 18 tax deadline. People have three...

Taxpayers should hang up if tax season scammers come calling

The tax filing season is a popular time for scammers to call and try to dupe unsuspecting taxpayers. These thieves often make threatening or alarming calls posing as the IRS to try to steal taxpayer money or personal information.However, it's easy for people to recognize this scam by knowing how the IRS contacts taxpayers.The IRS will never:Call to...

Preparing for Your Best Year of Fitness

If you're getting ready to make New Year's fitness resolutions — don’t. Instead, design a yearlong fitness plan to make sure that you have effective lifestyle changes in place.Month-by-month planUse this yearlong plan to improve your health each month:January. Set your goals. Take a look at your life. What's missing? What do you wish you could do? Invest...

FTC Proposes New Rule to Ban Non-compete Agreements

On Thursday, January 5th, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rolled out a proposal to prohibit employers from implementing non-compete clauses that limit workers’ freedom to explore opportunities.In the freelance context, a non-compete agreement forbids you from engaging in direct or indirect competition with your client for a fixed period of time,...

Freelancers with Crypto Income: Get Up to Speed on New IRS Guidance and Reporting Requirements for Digital Assets

Last year the introduction of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act clarified and expanded the rules for reporting of information on digital assets by brokers. The United States Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have just announced that brokers are not required to report additional information related to the dispositions...

5 Irritating Problems Freelancers Face (and How to Deal With Them)

Freelancing isn’t easy. Though there is a certain amount of freedom and flexibility that comes with gig work or working for yourself, there are also a surprising number of obstacles to overcome — some of which are downright frustrating. Every job has its pitfalls, but if you are freelancing, it’s likely because the pros greatly outweigh the cons. Still,...

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