What Are the State Income Tax Rates for Each of the 50 States?

Colorful USA map with states and capital citiesRecently, a friend of mine asked about the state income taxes she would have to pay for the state she was moving to from New York. It’s a question that comes up every so often. In this particular case and others, she wasn’t sure if she was going to have to pay more in income taxes or less in the new state.

I did some research and gave her the information but the question opened up a question as to what the income tax rate is for each of the 50 states. So in doing some more search I found some helpful information. Information that lets movers know what happens to their take home pay at the state level when they move from one state to another.

Here’s a link to the state by state breakdown:

http://www.money-zine.com/financial-planning/tax-shelter/state-income-tax-rates/

It’s also worth noting that if the move involves the same employer, the human resources department needs to be made aware of the state move to make sure the proper taxes are adjusted to avoid future potential problems.

 

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Alleviate Audit Anxiety

IRS4Internal Revenue Service tax audits can be complicated and time-consuming, but the right tax preparation can make them less stressful. Taxpayers facing an audit should remember these five things:

1. Seek Professional Help

Upon receiving an IRS audit notification, taxpayers should meet with their tax professional to discuss what the audit notification means, what is being requested and what records are needed.
2. Seek Representation

Correspondence audits are handled via mail, field audits have auditors visit a home or business in question, and office audits require taxpayers to report to an IRS office. Depending on the type of audit and individual situation, taxpayers may represent themselves or seek assistance from a certified public accountant, lawyer or enrolled agent. Enrolled agents are federally authorized tax practitioners empowered to represent taxpayers before the IRS.

3. Organize

Ideally, taxpayers should keep complete, organized financial records for the past seven years. Gather all receipts, checks and other records relevant to the audit. Be thorough; having the records the IRS requests readily available will help the audit go more smoothly.

4. Be Concise

Taxpayers should only give the auditor copies of documents the IRS specifically requests and answer all questions honestly. Do not volunteer information that is not requested.

5. Appeal

If taxpayers disagree with auditors’ findings, they can file an appeal with the IRS. Appeal options include meeting with the auditor’s supervisor, or filing an administrative appeal to the U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Claims Court or the local U.S. District Court.
Of course, the best audit is the one that doesn’t happen. To lessen the likelihood of being audited, taxpayers should report all income and only claim credits and deductions they are entitled.

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