What To Do After Filing A Tax Extension

Not everyone is ready for tax season, some years can be rougher than others. That’s why tax extensions exist, and they are a great move by you if done right. It’s easy to extend your filing period, simply send in a completed Form 4868 � Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File.
This year if you filed an extension prior to April 18, 2017, you now have until October 16, 2017. The deadline may still seem far off, but time flies by fast and sooner than later that deadline will come up. If you haven’t gotten started on your tax returns yet, here’s a few tips to push you to file your tax returns.

Get Help with Filing Your Taxes

Filing your taxes can be stressful, especially when you don’t have everything ready. This includes not having all the documents required to complete a tax return. If so, use your extension time wisely to contact your employers throughout last year and other entities that owe you information.

Keep in mind that failure-to-file penalty is more than failure-to-pay penalty. Filing on time will help reduce the amount of interest and penalties that will stack, and will help you find payment options in time before the deadline hits.

If you haven’t already, seek out a tax professional to help you with your return.

Note � If you don’t owe taxes, usually there are no penalties for filing late. That is because penalties derive from the amount you owe. The only hit you take is that you won’t get your coming refund until you file.

What to Do with Your Tax Extension

Finish Up As Soon as Possible

Understand that a tax extension extends only the amount of time you have to file your taxes, it does not extend the time you have to pay. This makes it all the more important to get your tax return done as soon as possible.

Take Preventive Measures

You may wonder how many taxpayers file electronic vs. paper returns. �There are 150 million households that file federal and state tax returns involving trillions of dollars�. More than 90% of these tax returns are prepared on a laptop, desktop or even a smartphone �” whether they’re done by an individual or a tax preparer. This is a massive amount of sensitive data that identity thieves would love to get access to.� With 150 million households, someone right now is clicking on an email link they shouldn’t, or skipping an important computer security update, leaving them vulnerable to hackers,� said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in a recent statement about the Security Summit Group. (See �IRS Creates Security Summit Group� above.)

How can you actively safeguard your personal data online and at home? Here are four simple ways to thwart tax-related identity theft:

1.Keep your computer secure. Simple, cost-effective security measures add up. For example, use updated security software that offers firewalls, virus and malware protection and file encryption. Be stingy with personal information, giving it out only over encrypted websites with �https� in the web address. Also back up computer files regularly and use strong passwords (with a combination of capital and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols).
2.Avoid phishing and malware scams. Be leery of emails you receive from unknown sources. Never open attachments unless you trust the sender and know what’s being sent. Don’t install software from unfamiliar websites or disable pop-up blockers.
3.Protect personal information. Treat personal information like cash. Don’t carry around your Social Security card in your wallet or purse. Be careful what you share on social media �” identity thieves can exploit information about new car or home purchases, past addresses, vacations and even your children and grandchildren. Keep old tax returns in a safe location and shred them before trashing.
4.Watch out for scammers who impersonate IRS agents. IRS impersonators typically demand payment and threaten to arrest victims who fail to ante up. The Federal Trade Commission recently issued an alert about police raids on illegal telemarketing operations in India that led to the indictment of dozens of IRS impersonators. Remember: The IRS will never call to demand immediate payment, nor will they call about taxes you owe without first mailing you a bill.

Another simple way to prevent someone from filing a fraudulent return is simply to file your return as soon as possible. The IRS begins processing tax returns on January 23. If you file a tax return before would-be fraudsters do, their refund claims are more likely to be rejected for filing under a duplicate Social Security number.

Inclusion Of Anti Profiteering Clause

Anti-profiteering means to stop a person from earning unreasonable profit through sale of goods and services It mandates a manufacturer and others in the supply of chain to pass on the benefits arising out to input credit and lower taxes to consumers at the pain of penalty. The main intention is to protect consumers from inflation after GST implementation.

MAIN REASONS FOR ANTI-PROFITEERING CLAUSE

There are three main reasons which make this clause necessary is

To set up honest pricing policy, this will help to retain consumers in the GST regime.
To examine whether input tax credits or lower tax rates actually result in a commensurate reduction in price.
To observe the inflationary trends during the initial stages of GST introduction and to analyze and control its long-term effects.

FEATURES OF ANTI-PROFITEERING CLAUSE

A state wise single registration for a taxpayer for filing returns, paying taxes and to fulfill other compliance requirements.
(Most of the compliance requirements would be fulfilled through online)
A taxpayer has to file one single return state wise to report all his supplies, whether made within or outside the state or exported out of the country and pay the applicable taxes on them. (CGST, SGST, IGST etc.)
A business entity with an annual turnover of up to Rs 20 lakh would not be required to take registration in the GST regime, unless it voluntarily chooses to do so to be a part of the input tax credit (ITC) chain.
In order to prevent cascading of taxes, ITC would be admissible on all goods and services used in the course of business except on a few items listed in the law.
In order to ensure that ITC can be used seamlessly for payment of taxes under the Central and the State law, it has been provided that the ITC entitlement arising out of taxes paid under the central law can be cross utilized for payment of taxes under the laws of the states or union territories.
Detailed transitional provisions have been provided to ensure migration of existing taxpayers and seamless transfer of unutilized ITC in the GST regime.
In order to mitigate any financial hardship being suffered by a taxpayer, commissioner has been empowered to allow payment of taxes in installments.
To provide certainty in tax matters, a provision has been made for an Advance Ruling Authority.

technology and quality upgradation support

It aims to improve the production quality of MSMEs to encourage them to adopt global manufacturing standards.
The main aim of this scheme is to sensitize the manufacturing MSME sector to make use of energy sufficient technologies
And also the manufacturing processes to reduce manufacturing cost and emissions of harmful gasses that can hamper the environment
The Indian government provides financial support to the extent of 75% of the actual expenditure to assist manufacturing sector purchase energy efficient technologies for production.

MINI TOOLS ROOM AND TRAINING CENTRE SCHEME

The mission of this scheme is to develop more tool room facilities to provide technological support to the MSMEs
The training in tool manufacturing and tool design to create a skilled workforce of workers, supervisors, engineers/designers.
90% of the cost of machinery/equipment in case a new Mini tool room is to be created.
In case an existing room to be upgraded � 75% of the cost is funded.

MUDRA LOAN (Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency Ltd.)

The vision of Funding the Unfunded.
It is established by Government of India for development and refinancing activities relating to micro units.
It provides low cost funding for MFI (Micro Finance Institutes)
It also supporting to the institutions , societies, trusts section 8 companies, co-operative societies, small Banks, Scheduled commercial Banks and Rural Banks which are in the business of lending to micro or small business etc.

How To Protect Your Identity And Assets

Understand How Tax Fraud Happens

Dishonest individuals may steal taxpayers’ personal and financial information from sources outside the IRS, such as social media accounts where people tend to share too many details or bogus phishing emails that appear to come from the IRS or a bank. Once they obtain an unsuspecting taxpayer’s data, thieves may use it to file fraudulent federal and state income tax returns, claiming significant refunds.

Paperless e-filing facilitates these scams: Thieves submit returns electronically, based on falsified earnings, and receive refunds via mail or direct deposit. Sure, the IRS maintains records of wages and other types of taxable income reported by employers, but they don’t usually match these records to the information submitted electronically before issuing refund checks. By the time the IRS notifies a victim that it’s received another tax return in his or her name, the thief is long gone and has already cashed the refund check.

In addition to refund fraud, thieves may use stolen personal information to access existing bank accounts and withdraw funds �” or open new ones without the taxpayer’s knowledge. Criminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated and their ploys more complex, making identity theft harder to detect.

Recognize the Warning Signs

Taxpayers are the first line of defense against these scams. The IRS lists the following warning signs of tax-related identity theft:

Your electronic tax return is rejected. When the IRS rejects your tax return, it could mean that someone else has filed a fraudulent return using your Social Security number. Before jumping to conclusions, first check that the information entered on the tax return is correct. Were any numbers transposed? Did your college-age dependent claim a personal exemption on his or her tax return?

You’re asked to verify information on your tax return. The IRS holds suspicious tax returns and then sends letters to those taxpayers, asking them to verify certain information. This is especially likely to happen if you claim the Earned Income tax credit or the Additional Child tax credit, both of which have been targeted in refund frauds in previous tax years. If you didn’t file the tax return in question, it could mean that someone else has filed a fraudulent return using your Social Security number.

You receive tax forms from an unknown employer. Watch out if you receive income information, such as a W-2 or 1099 form, from a company that you didn’t do work for in 2016. Someone else may be using the phony forms to claim a fraudulent refund.

You receive a tax refund or transcript that you didn’t ask for. Identity thieves may test the validity of stolen personal information by sending paper refunds to your address, direct depositing refunds to your bank or requesting a transcript from the IRS. If these tests work, they may file a fraudulent return with your stolen data in the future.

You receive a mysterious prepaid debit card. Identity thieves sometimes use your name and address to create an account for a reloadable prepaid debit card that they later use to collect a fraudulent electronic refund.