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Do Back Taxes Affect Your Credit Score?

Posted by Michelle O'Brien on April 5, 2016
Last modified: December 21, 2016

Credit and taxes are both pretty high up there on the adult responsibility ladder.

Putting them together kinda makes you want to hide under a rock. Don’t worry. You don’t need to know everything about credit (or taxes) in order to start taking steps in the right direction. You’ll learn what you need to along the way.

Let’s take a look at some of the initial questions you probably have about your tax debt and how it will affect your credit score.

Will a tax debt show up on my credit report?

Well, it could. The IRS will not automatically run off to the land of credit agencies and warn them about you if you have built up some tax debt over the years. However, if you owe over $10,000 in taxes and continue to do nothing about it, then a Notice of Federal Tax Lien is automatically filed against you. This lien has the potential to be pretty damaging to your credit score it will show up as a ‘seriously negative’ item on your credit report. If this has happened to you, don’t panic and keep reading. We’ll let you know how to remove this from your record and prevent this from happening to you in the future.

Can I remove a tax lien from my credit report?

You have a tax lien. This is a stressful situation, but you can only panic so much. Now you need to take baby steps toward fixing it. To do this, you’ll need to initiate repayment of your debt. Since this can stay put on your credit report up to seven years after the bill is paid, it is important to take action sooner rather than later. (more…)

Quick Guide: Filing Your Late Business Tax Return

Posted by Michelle O'Brien on March 21, 2016
Last modified: December 21, 2016

Mistakes can often be as good a teacher as success.”

As a business owner, you might have already heard this one. Jack Welch, the founder of General Electric, made this statement and although he wasn’t talking about taxes, it applies.

The filing deadline for LLCs is always April 15th. The filing deadline for S-Corps and C-Corps is always March 15th. Sure, missing the filing deadline for your business tax return is a mistake. However, it can be resolved, and with less of a penalty than you may think. You’re constantly learning as a business owner and probably making your fair share of mistakes along the way. Let’s take a look at how you can prevent one of them.

Calculating the Late Filing Penalty

Penalty fees for filing late LLC and S-Corp tax returns are based on how many months you are late to filing and the amount of shareholders or managing members involved. Late filing fees for a C-Corp are based on how many months the return is late. Let’s break it down a bit further. (more…)

Filing a 2015 Tax Return in 2018

Posted by Michelle O'Brien on March 18, 2016
Last modified: December 14, 2018

Forget to file your 2015 tax return? Let’s get you caught up.

Sometimes, procrastination gets the best of us and we fall behind. It happens. Most procrastination-fueled situations can be resolved. There’s no exception when it comes to filing your late 2015 taxes.

Can I still file a 2015 tax return in 2017?

April 18th, 2016 marks the tax filing deadline for 2015 taxes . The good news? You can still prepare your tax return after the deadline and mail it to the IRS. The bad news? If you owe additional tax for 2015, you may be faced with penalty fees. If you forgot to file by the deadline, you will be responsible for the failure-to-file penalty. You will be liable for the failure-to-pay penalty if you didn’t pay the IRS on time. These will be explained further in a few.

Can I prepare my 2015 taxes online?

You missed the filing deadline. That doesn’t mean you have to scrape the bottom of the barrel when it comes to your tax preparation. You also won’t need to dip into your savings to afford it. You can still prepare your taxes online which happens to be inexpensive and pretty easy.

All you need to do is follow these 5 steps. (more…)