How can you contact someone that is experienced in filling out a transcript of Tax Return Form 4506-T?
You can request a transcript online at Get Transcript. That should be easier and quicker than filling out the form. Otherwise any US tax professional should be able to help you.
For the amended tax return, the only thing I needed to correct was the filing status. Do I still need to fill out the rest of the form involving income, etc.?
Yes, it depends what kind of income. For social security incomes, there is a different threshold amount for single and Married Filing joint. Different filing status have a certain treatment and that tax rates are different for every filing status. The filing status change goes on the very top of the 1040X. When I was a Tax Auditor for the IRS, the 1040X was one of the hardest thing to calculate. Just a few years ago, the IRS decided to change but with disastrous results- people were more confused than the original. So IRS changed the 1040X to its original. Follow your program’s instruction or go to an Enrolled Agent. I found out throughout my career that a good majority of CPA’s do not know the mechanics of the 1040X. Chances are you may need to send the returns by mail.
How do I amend an outward supply in GSTR 3B after filling out a return?
This is a major issue with GST return that it can not be revised once you filed the same. There are so many taxpayers who are facing this problem. There is a way to correct this mistake.You can adjust outward supply in upcoming months. For example your outward supply was Rs. 30 K for the month of April’18 and you have mentioned only Rs. 20 K by mistake. There is a difference of Rs. 10 K and this amount can be adjusted in next month Return.You can refer GST Circular No. 26/26/2017 GST for more information in this regard.Hope it helps.
If the IRS knows how much money we owe, why do we need to fill out returns?
Because the IRS doesn't know how much money you owe. They know approximately what you made, and they know a little bit about some of your deductions, but they don't know whether and to what extent you are entitled to additional deductions or credits, or whether and to what extent you earned money from transactions not reported to the IRS. Even on the transactions that were reported to the IRS, the IRS doesn't always know how much of that income is actually taxable - or at what rate.
How could the federal government and state governments make it easier to fill out tax returns?
Individuals who don't own businesses spend tens of billions of dollars each year (in fees and time) filing taxes. Most of this is unnecessary. The government already has most of the information it asks us to provide. It knows what are wages are, how much interest we earn, and so on. It should provide the information it has on the right line of an electronic tax return it provides us or our accountant. Think about VISA. VISA doesn't send you a blank piece of paper each month, and ask you to list all your purchases, add them up and then penalize you if you get the wrong number. It sends you a statement with everything it knows on it. We are one of the only countries in the world that makes filing so hard. Many companies send you a tentative tax return, which you can adjust. Others have withholding at the source, so the average citizen doesn't file anything.California adopted a form of the above -- it was called ReadyReturn. 98%+ of those who tried it loved it. But the program was bitterly opposed by Intuit, makers of Turbo Tax. They went so far as to contribute $1 million to a PAC that made an independent expenditure for one candidate running for statewide office. The program was also opposed by Rush Limbaugh and Grover Norquist. The stated reason was that the government would cheat taxpayers. I believe the real reason is that they want tax filing to be painful, since they believe that acts as a constraint on government programs.