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How to file a final tax return for someone who has passed away [税金]

When someone dies, their surviving spouse or representative files the deceased person's final tax return. On the final tax return, the surviving spouse or representative will note that the person has died. The IRS doesn't need any other notification of the death.

Usually, the representative filing the final tax return is named in the person's will or appointed by a court. Sometimes when there isn't a surviving spouse or appointed representative, a personal representative will file the final return.



Selling a home [税金]

Taxpayers who are selling their home may qualify to exclude all or part of any gain from the sale from their income when filing their tax return.

Here are some things that homeowners should think about when selling a home:

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U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad - Automatic 2 Month Extension of Time to File [税金]

You are allowed an automatic 2-month extension to file your return and pay federal income tax if you are a U.S. citizen or resident alien, and on the regular due date of your return:

•You are living outside of the United States and Puerto Rico and your main place of business or post of duty is outside the United States and Puerto Rico, or

•You are in military or naval service on duty outside the United States and Puerto Rico.

If you use a calendar year, the regular due date of your return is April 15, and the automatic extended due date would be June 15. If the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the due date is delayed until the next business day.

Even if you are allowed an extension, you will have to pay interest on any tax not paid by the regular due date of your return.

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Automatic 2 Month Extension


Taxpayers should file their tax return on time to avoid costly interest and penalty fees [税金]

Taxpayers should file their tax return by the deadline even if they cannot pay their full tax bill. Taxpayers who owe tax and don't file on time, may be charged a failure-to-file penalty. This penalty is usually five percent of the tax owed for each month, or part of a month that the tax return is late, up to 25%.

If an individual taxpayer owes taxes, but can't pay in full by the April 18, 2022, deadline, they should:




How a taxpayer’s filing status affects their tax return [税金]

A taxpayer's filing status typically depends on whether they are considered unmarried or married on December 31, which determines their filing status for that entire year.

More than one filing status may apply in certain situations. If this is the case, taxpayers can usually choose the filing status that allows them to owe the least amount of tax.

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When preparing and filing a tax return, filing status determines:

•If the taxpayer is required to file a federal tax return
•If they should file a return to receive a refund
•Their standard deduction amount
•If they can claim certain tax credits
•The amount of tax they owe

Here are the five filing statuses:

•Single. Normally, this status is for taxpayers who are unmarried, divorced or legally separated under a divorce or separate maintenance decree governed by state law.

•Married filing jointly. If a taxpayer is married, they can file a joint tax return with their spouse. If one spouse died in 2021, the surviving spouse can use married filing jointly as their filing status for 2021 if they otherwise qualify to use that status.

•Married filing separately. Married couples can choose to file separate tax returns. This may benefit taxpayers who want to be responsible only for their own tax or if it results in less tax than filing a joint return.

•Head of household. Unmarried taxpayers may be able to file using this status, but special rules apply. For example, the taxpayer must have paid more than half the cost of keeping up a home for themselves and a qualifying person living in the home for half the year.

•Qualifying widow or widower with dependent child. This status may apply to a taxpayer filing a 2021 tax return if their spouse died in 2019 or 2020, and they didn't remarry before the end of 2021 and have a dependent child. Other conditions also apply.

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IRS Tax Tip 2022-13


Common tax return mistakes that can cost taxpayers [税金]

Tax laws are complicated but the most common tax return errors are surprising simple. Many mistakes can be avoided by filing electronically. Tax software does the math, flags common errors and prompts taxpayers for missing information. It can also help taxpayers claim valuable credits and deductions.

•Filing too early. While taxpayers should not file late, they also should not file prematurely. People who don’t wait to file before they receive all the proper tax reporting documents risk making a mistake that may lead to a processing delay.

•Missing or inaccurate Social Security numbers. Each SSN on a tax return should appear exactly as printed on the Social Security card.




About the exchange rate used for 2021 tax returns(税金申告に使用する換算レートについて) [税金]

Thank you for visiting my blog during the last year. I look forward to your continued patronage this year.

Federal Reserve Bank (FRB) announced the exchange rate on January 3, with the exchange rate converted from Japanese yen to U.S. dollar at 109.84 yen per U.S. dollar.

In addition to FRB, exchange rates announced by organizations listed at the following sites are also available:

Foreign Currency and Currency Exchange Rates



さて、Federal Reserve Bank(FRB)より1月3日に発表がありました外国為替レート(Foreign Exchange Rates)をご案内させて頂きます。




Foreign Currency and Currency Exchange Rates


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米国税理士 小野 知史(Tomofumi Ono)



New Year's Greetings / 年始のご挨拶 [業務連絡]

Happy New Year. I would like to congratulate you on the healthy new year. Thank you very much for your kindness during last year and for your continued support this year. I wish you good health and development.
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What taxpayers can do now to get ready to file taxes in 2022 [税金]

There are steps people, including those who received stimulus payments or advance child tax credit payments, can take now to make sure their tax filing experience goes smoothly in 2022. They can start by visiting the Get Ready page on Here are some other things they should do to prepare to file their tax return. ビジネス.jpg



The tax responsibilities that come with shutting down a business [税金]

There are many reasons a business owner may choose to close their doors, and there are many things that must be done to go out of business. Two important steps all business owners must take are fulfilling their federal tax responsibilities and informing the IRS of their plans. The closing a business page of is designed to help owners navigate the process of shutting down.

●closing a business


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