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Spirit

I was unemployed in 2007 but do have interest and dividend income.
Should I send in a tax form with that info even though it is so low I
would not owe taxes. I thought this might be best in case they wondered
why I didn't file anything. Thanks
 
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I was unemployed in 2007 but do have interest and dividend income.
Should I send in a tax form with that info even though it is so low I
would not owe taxes. I thought this might be best in case they wondered
why I didn't file anything. Thanks
Is your income less than your exemption + standard deduction? If yes,
then you don't have to file. Did you get unemployment compensation?
 
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Phil Marti

Spirit said:
I was unemployed in 2007 but do have interest and dividend income.
Should I send in a tax form with that info even though it is so low I
would not owe taxes. I thought this might be best in case they wondered
why I didn't file anything.
If you meet the filing requirement in the 1040 instructions file. If not,
they won't be curious.
 
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Benjamin Yazersky CPA

I was unemployed in 2007 but do have interest and dividend income.
Should I send in a tax form with that info even though it is so low I
would not owe taxes. I thought this might be best in case they wondered
why I didn't file anything. Thanks

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Check the 1040 intructions for the requirement to file.
If your income is below the level required to file, then you don't
need to.

Sometimes, tax returns are filed, even if not required, as there are
third party reporting items such as 1099's for INT, DIV, or like in
your case unemployment. This could help to avoid correspondence down
the road. It also starts the statute of limitations to run.



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Harlan Lunsford

Spirit said:
I was unemployed in 2007 but do have interest and dividend income.
Should I send in a tax form with that info even though it is so low I
would not owe taxes. I thought this might be best in case they wondered
why I didn't file anything. Thanks
You're probably asking the question re the stimulus bill recently passed
that provides for "rebates" for even those not required to file. An
easy $300, right?

Well, I'm sorry to say that this kind of income is not "qualified
income" and therefore won't do a thing to help you get the free money.

ChEAr$,
Harlan Lunsford, EA n LA
 
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Spirit

Re: no income

Group: misc.taxes.moderated Date: Thu, Feb 21, 2008, 9:02am From:
(e-mail address removed) (Benjamin Yazersky CPA)
On Feb 20, 11:20 pm, (e-mail address removed) (Spirit) wrote:
I was unemployed in 2007 but do have interest and dividend income.
Should I send in a tax form with that info even though it is so low I
would not owe taxes. I thought this might be best in case they wondered
why I didn't file anything. Thanks
--
Check the 1040 intructions for the requirement to file. If your income
is below the level required to file, then you don't need to.
Sometimes, tax returns are filed, even if not required, as there are
third party reporting items such as 1099's for INT, DIV, or like in your
case unemployment. This could help to avoid correspondence down the
road. It also starts the statute of limitations to run.
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hobokeni or hobokenx <-----
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<< ------------------------------------------- I went to school
last year,(at my expense) and looked for work, I didn't draw
unemployment. My interest and divdend income is under $2000. I know
there is no refund or rebate for me but should I file since I have
received reportable income? Thanks for your response.


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Tony Cox

You're probably asking the question re the stimulus bill recently passed
that provides for "rebates" for even those not required to file.
I don't think anyone has yet addressed "Spirit"'s question. He's
asking
if the IRS come knocking if you don't file. Interesting question.

Suppose you are normally a filer, but have a year when you're not
obliged to file because you're below the threshold requiring a return.
If you expect to file in subsequent years, is it best to file at least
something, even if you're not obliged to, to avoid the "evil eye" ??
 
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D. Stussy

Tony Cox said:
I don't think anyone has yet addressed "Spirit"'s question. He's asking
if the IRS come knocking if you don't file. Interesting question.

Suppose you are normally a filer, but have a year when you're not
obliged to file because you're below the threshold requiring a return.
If you expect to file in subsequent years, is it best to file at least
something, even if you're not obliged to, to avoid the "evil eye" ??
Having worked non-filer cases in my IRS days, one of the things that the IRS
does look at is the filing threshold. Generally, cases were assigned when
the threshold was exceeded and a return presumed to be due. However, I do
remember being assigned to a couple of cases where the threshold wasn't met.
Usually, these were older people on social security living in high-cost
areas where the SS payments didn't cover basic needs.

Therefore, it can happen but is unlikely. However, with all the people
living beyond their means (cf. mortgage foreclosures, etc.), I would not be
surprised if there were more "economic reality" audits coming down the
chain....
 
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Phil Marti

Tony Cox said:
I don't think anyone has yet addressed "Spirit"'s question. He's
asking
if the IRS come knocking if you don't file. Interesting question.

Suppose you are normally a filer, but have a year when you're not
obliged to file because you're below the threshold requiring a return.
If you expect to file in subsequent years, is it best to file at least
something, even if you're not obliged to, to avoid the "evil eye" ??
No
 
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Ernie Klein

Having worked non-filer cases in my IRS days, one of the things that the IRS
does look at is the filing threshold. Generally, cases were assigned when
the threshold was exceeded and a return presumed to be due. However, I do
remember being assigned to a couple of cases where the threshold wasn't met.
Usually, these were older people on social security living in high-cost
areas where the SS payments didn't cover basic needs.

Therefore, it can happen but is unlikely. However, with all the people
living beyond their means (cf. mortgage foreclosures, etc.), I would not be
surprised if there were more "economic reality" audits coming down the
chain....
How about an actual case that I know of that is happening right now.

Last several years earned 75-95K and filed. 2007 not required to file.
2008 will again earn 80+K and file. Reason: multiple surgeries and
unable to work at all in 2007 resulting in zero (taxable) income.

Would this raise a flag if a 0 income return for 2007 is not filed?
 
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Harlan Lunsford

Ernie said:
How about an actual case that I know of that is happening right now.

Last several years earned 75-95K and filed. 2007 not required to file.
2008 will again earn 80+K and file. Reason: multiple surgeries and
unable to work at all in 2007 resulting in zero (taxable) income.

Would this raise a flag if a 0 income return for 2007 is not filed?
Not a red flag per se, however maybe a year down the road he may get a
letter calling his attention to the fact that no return filed, and ..
something like,,, 'hey, did you forget?"

In this case he will then respond with explanation.

ChEAr$,
Harlan Lunsford, EA n LA
 
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Ernie Klein

Harlan Lunsford said:
In this case he will then respond with explanation.
Thanks Harlan, I will let it go for now and deal with it if and when
it's questioned -- if ever.
 

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