IRS QUICK LINKS

Apply for a Employer Identification Number Online -- After you answer all the questions, and after all the validations are done you will get your EIN immediately upon completion. You can then download, save, and print your EIN confirmation notice.  Very easy to use.

IRS - Publications, Forms & Instructions -- This link will give you the ability to access the IRS CURRENT as well as PRIOR YEAR Forms, Instructions and Publications.

IRS - Tax Regulations -- You will have access to the Tax Code, Regulations and Other Official Guidance from this landing page. 

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Tax Provisions-- Medical Loss Ratio, Reporting Employer Provided Health Coverage in Form W-2, Small Business Health Care Tax Credit, Health Insurance Premium Tax Credit, Individual Shared Responsibility Provision, etc.
Health Care Credit Information --- Useful information on the new Health Care Tax Credit for Small Businesses.

Where is My Refund --- Enter your Social Security Number, Filing Status and Exact Refund Amount to find out the status of your IRS refund.

Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant --- You can find out here yourself if you are subject to AMT. 

Exempt Organizations --- You can check the status of charitable organizations.

IRS Small Business/Self-Employed Page --- Useful if you file Form 1040, Schedules C, E, F or Form 2106, as well as small businesses with assets under $10 million.

FBAR --- Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts. The new 2013 form is FinCEN Form 114, which supersedes TD F 90-22.1, the FBAR form used in prior years.

IRS Starting a Business - What new business owners need to know about selecting a business structure, applying for an Employer Identification Number (EIN), understanding different types of business taxes, recordkeeping, etc.

USEFUL TAX LINKS

US Code - All Titles (Cornell) -- This link will take you right to US CODE (the Internal Revenue Code IRC is under TITLE 26). It is provided by Cornell University Law School.

Social Security Retirement Benefit Calculator NEW -- From the official Social Security website, the Retirement Estimator gives estimates based on your actual Social Security earnings record.

State Tax Rates -- Compiled by the Federation of Tax Administrators, it contains tons of good information, including a State Comparisons of Income Tax Rates, Sales Tax Rates and the less known Excise Tax Rates. 

Goodwill IRS Valuation Guide for Donors(pdf) -- This pdf file is provided by Goodwill and it will give you some valuation guidance when it comes to filling out Form 8283, Noncash Charitable Contributions.

Salvation Army Valuation Guide -- Good source informatoin on how to determine the donation value such as clothing, shoes, books, heater, toys, etc.

USEFUL FINANCIAL INFORMATION

The Wall Street Journal - A good source for national and world news.

Business News (Bloomberg) - Good source for headlines on international business news, world markets, global economy, finance and politics.

Market & Sector Summary (Google) - Features business and enterprise headlines for many corporations including their financial decisions and major news events.

Foreign Currency Exchange -- This site OANDA has good source information on foreign exchange rates and currency data, among other things.

Mutual Fund Education Center -- Great source for Mutual Fund investors and financial professionals alike.

Saving for College -- Has good information on 529 plans, financial aid, as well as Coverdell ESA.

CollegeXpress -- From college search to scholarship and financial aid application, parents of college bound students have all the information they need.

Yodlee - This website offers an account aggregation service that allows you to see ALL your credit card, bank, investment, email, travel reward accounts, etc. on one screen.

Closed-End Fund - This association website provides good information on CEF, including learning and investor tools for starters.

Open-End Fund (Yahoo Finance) - U.S. mutual funds, UK unit trusts and OEICs, European SICAVs, hedge funds and exchange-traded funds are all examples of open-ended funds.

ETF - An exchange-traded fund (ETF) is an investment fund traded on stock exchanges, much like stocks.

Bond (SIFMA) - Get some perspectives on investing in bonds.

REAL ESTATE INFORMATION

Real Estate ABC - Good information on buying and selling a home.

Cook County Property Tax

Lake County Property Tax

DuPage County Property Tax

McHenry County Property Tax

Link to Nationwide Property Tax Information

TECHNOLOGY & MARKETING

Hearsay Social - A rising star, Hearsay Social is a software-as-a-service social media marketing management platform. The service operates by using social networking services such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter as a way for clients to market to various customer bases.

MIT Technology Review - Published by MIT, the journal has a focus on new technology and how it is commercialized and was mass-marketed to the public.

GENERAL INTEREST

China.org.cn - All things China, from travel, culture, business, economics to learning Chinese, and much more.

The Lexile Framework for Reading - An educational tool that uses a measure called a Lexile to match readers of all ages with books, articles and other leveled reading resources.

Great Buildings - A gateway to architecture around the world and across history, with photographic images, architectural drawings and more.

The Great Courses - A series of college-level audio and video courses produced and distributed by The Teaching Company. Great sources to further your interests.

Sudoku - Take a break and Sudoku.  Have fun.

Rubik's Cube - The most popular ones are 3X3, but you can also get a 2X2, 4X4, or even 5X5.

Art of Problem Solving - Is mathematics fun? The creators of this site thought so. They worked hard and became the kids who won the trophies. They went on and applied the problem solving skills developed through mathematics to a variety of fields in college, then in the professional world.

The Beethoven Sonatas - A person's journey through the thirty-two.

Classical Music Database - A place to discover beautiful music.

ABRSM - The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) is an examinations board based in London, UK, which provides examinations in music at centres around the world.

RCM - The Royal Conservatory of Music is a music education organization and performance venue headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

AIM - Achievement in Music is a nationally recognized curriculum developed by the Illinois State Music Teachers Association (ISMTA) that focuses on comprehensive musicianship skills for students of piano, organ, voice and strings.

STATE TAX DEPARTMENT

AL  Alabama Department of Revenue

AK  Alaska Department of Revenue - No income tax  

AZ  Arizona Department of Revenue

AR  Arkansas Dept. of Finance and Administration

CA  California Franchise Tax Board     

CO  Colorado Department of Revenue

CT  Connecticut Department of Revenue Services        

DC  Washington D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue

DE  Delaware Division of Revenue    

FL  Florida Department of Revenue - No income tax  

GA  Georgia Department of Revenue   

HI  Hawaii Department of Taxation    

ID  Idaho State Tax Commission 

IL  Illinois Department of Revenue    

IN  Indiana Department of Revenue    

IA  Iowa Department of Revenue and Finance  

KS  Kansas Department of Revenue    

KY  Kentucky Revenue Cabinet           

LA  Louisiana Department of Revenue    

ME  Maine Revenue Services        

MD  Comptroller of Maryland       

MA  Massachusetts Department of Revenue    

MI  Michigan Department of Treasury    

MN  Minnesota Department of Revenue    

MS  Mississippi Tax Commission 

 

MO  Missouri Department of Revenue

MT  Montana Department of Revenue

NE  Nebraska Department of Revenue    

NV  Nevada Department of Taxation - No income tax

NH  New Hampshire Department of Revenue - Interest & dividend tax        

NJ  New Jersey Division of Taxation        

NM  New Mexico Taxation and Revenue        

NY  New York Department of Taxation & Finance         

NC  North Carolina Department of Revenue    

ND  North Dakota State Tax Department   

OH  Ohio Department of Taxation    

OK  Oklahoma Tax Commission 

OR  Oregon Department of Revenue    

PA  Pennsylvania Department of Revenue    

RI  Rhode Island Division of Taxation        

SC  South Carolina Department of Revenue    

SD  South Dakota Dept. of Rev. & Reg. - No income tax   

TN  Tennessee Dept. of Revenue - Interest & dividend tax

TX  Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts - No income tax     

UT  Utah State Tax Commission 

VT  Vermont Department of Taxes        

VA  Virginia Department of Taxation    

WA Washington Department of Revenue - No income tax 

WV  West Virginia Department of Revenue    

WI  Wisconsin Department of Revenue    

WY  Wyoming Department of Revenue    - No income tax

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