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Got a Side Hustle? This Is What You Need To Know Before Filing Taxes

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Why You Shouldn’t Assume You’re Getting a Tax Refund

Most taxpayers likely will get a refund this year. That’s because the majority of people do every year — but that doesn’t mean you automatically should count on getting a refund in…

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Don’t Fall For One of the ‘Dirty Dozen’ Tax Scams

Nobody likes paying taxes. But given the choice between paying taxes and getting cheated out of your money by fraudsters, well, most people would pick the taxman over the criminal. Yet that doesn't…

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A Tax Expert Shares Her Best Advice for Lowering Your Tax Bill Before You File

GOBankingRates' Live Richer Speaker Series is an exciting opportunity for me to introduce the financial experts and influencers in my network to a wider audience, and get invaluable tips and advice…

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16 Tax Tips for Single-Income Families

In a number of situations, a family might have only one income. One parent might stay home to raise the children, or a single parent might be raising children alone due to divorce or widowhood. No…

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Can I Claim My Boyfriend or Girlfriend as a Dependent?

The Internal Revenue Service requires you to pay taxes as you earn income. If you're self-employed and you overpaid your quarterly taxes, or if you're an employee and withheld too much from your…

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Tax Experts Share the 6 Biggest Mistakes People Make When Filing

The process of filing taxes can be daunting and complex, so it's easy to make a mistake if you're not careful — and these tax mistakes can end up costing you. So I spoke to top tax experts to find…

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Here’s How To Cheat Your Tax Bracket — Legally

IRS tax brackets determine your tax rates and how much money you'll owe Uncle Sam come tax day. People with large incomes fall into higher federal income tax brackets, so if you earn a lot of money…

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Get Ahead on Your Tax Return by Answering These 15 IRS Questions

Established in 1862 when an income tax was enacted to pay for the Civil War, the Internal Revenue Service is responsible for enforcing the nation's tax laws and collecting tax revenue. Knowing how the…

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An Expert Shares the Insider Tax Tips We All Need Right Now

Kathy Pickering is the executive director of The Tax Institute at H&R Block. Below, Pickering shares her insider tips for getting the biggest tax refund possible, the common mistakes people make…


What Kind of Taxes Do Top Company Execs Pay? From Tesla, Amazon, Walmart — and Beyond

Though 2020 was a difficult time for many, the country's 614 billionaires added nearly $1 trillion in new wealth–$931 billion, to be exact–to their personal fortunes in just seven months starting in…

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8 Stress-Free Ways To Meet the Tax Deadline

With the tax deadline extended to July in 2020, some Americans may be concerned about meeting the typical May 17 deadline in 2021. After all, didn’t we just do last year’s taxes? Please…

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How To File Your Taxes Early — and Get Your Refund Faster

The deadline for filing your federal income tax return is May 17th this year.  But, if you're among the more than 70% of taxpayers expected to receive refunds from the IRS, you might want to file…

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How To File Taxes for a Deceased Relative

Upon a death in the family, there will likely be a number of unpleasant tasks to perform, including filing taxes for deceased loved ones. Because death and taxes are inevitable, there's a good chance…

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Here’s Who Can Claim the American Opportunity Credit

One way to defray expenses, in general, is to claim tax credits such as the child tax credit, earned income tax credit and the disability tax credit if you qualify. Tuition tax credits, college tax…

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How To Report Child Support Income on Your Taxes

The Internal Revenue Service's deadline for filing and paying your 2020 taxes is May 17, 2021. It's never too early to start planning for Tax Day — and it's better to answer any questions you might…

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28 Tax Shelters, Tax Breaks and Other Tax Tips You Should Take From the Rich

Many high-earning taxpayers know how to save money on taxes by benefiting from the tax deductions and credits that are available to them. Wealthy taxpayers also tend to hire professionals who know the…

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Is Taking Out Loans To Pay Off the IRS a Good Idea?

If you're facing a big tax bill that you can't pay, you could be heading for IRS tax debt. And although the IRS does offer installment plans, there are other options to help with tax debt problems….

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How To File a Tax Extension With the IRS

Don't panic if you can't file your taxes by April 15 (May 17th in 2021). The Internal Revenue Service regularly grants extensions to people who need more time. Even though taxpayers commonly need a…

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A Step-by-Step Taxes Guide for Those Filing for the First Time

If this is your first time doing taxes, the process can seem a bit daunting. Whether you're a recent college graduate or you just took your first job, it's natural to be concerned about how to do it…


What Happens If You Don’t File Taxes

Few people get excited about filing their income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service each year, but on-time filing is necessary to avoid penalties, interest, liens and levies. Also, falling…

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Free State Tax Filing Options

Along with tax season comes tax preparation, which few people enjoy even if you're owed a tax refund instead of a tax bill. Not only do you have to file a federal tax return, but in most states, you…

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8 New or Improved Tax Credits and Breaks for Your 2020 Return

As tax season goes on, one of the things to do is pay attention to changes in tax deductions and tax credits you can claim when filing your 2020 income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service,…

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How To Protect Your Tax Refund From Being Stolen

Identity theft isn't limited to criminals opening credit cards and running up debt in your name — your tax return is also at risk. Although the IRS works diligently to counteract fraudulent returns,…

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How Much You Take Home from the Average Salary in Each State

It’s no secret that taxes can take a big bite out of your paycheck. Since income tax rates vary from state to state, however, the size of that bite will fluctuate depending on where you live. In…

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What Actually Happens If You Don’t Pay Your Taxes

As a tax attorney, Danielle Dryden has seen it all. That is, she’s seen all sorts of situations where people haven’t paid their taxes and they’ve owed amounts ranging from thousands…

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How Much the Rich Would Actually Pay If They Had Higher Tax Rates

It's been proposed that tax rates should increase so the wealthy pay more. Take a look at how much more the top 1 percent could end up paying in every state.

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Take Advantage of These 15 Commonly Missed Tax Deductions

There’s a chance you’re missing out on some deductions. See the little-known tax deductions and credits you've probably overlooked.


Lost Your W-2? Here’s What To Do

While getting a duplicate of a W-2 does take a little legwork, it's certainly doable. Here's how to get a replacement W-2.


How To Fill Out a W-4: A Complete Guide

When you start a new job — or change your name or marital status — you will probably have to fill out a new W-4 tax form. Your completed form is used to determine how much of your income your…

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Tax Truths and Lies: Here’s What You Can and Can’t Get Away With

Most taxpayers will likely agree that the U.S. tax code is complicated and hard to understand. So, naturally, a few common tax myths have popped up over the years. And some of the most common myths…

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6 Hidden Tax Breaks for Retirees

Though your income might decline after you've retired, that doesn't mean the Internal Revenue Service stops collecting taxes in retirement, so it's important you take any tax breaks for retirees you…

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What Are Tax Liens?

If you neglect to pay a tax debt, the federal government can make a legal claim against your property. This claim is called a tax lien. See: What To Do When You Can't Pay Your Tax Bill To avoid a tax…

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16 Things You Need To Know To Minimize Taxes on Mutual Funds

Here's everything you need to know about mutual fund taxability. Are you ready to reduce — or completely erase — your taxes?


H&R Block Tax Software Free and Paid Options Review

Tax season is approaching quickly, triggering the annual stress of managing taxes correctly. As a filer, you can take advantage of H&R Block's downloadable tax filing software options. Before you…

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How To Spot IRS Scams

Thousands of people have lost millions of dollars to tax scams in recent years, according to the IRS. The problem is so prevalent that the IRS compiles an annual "Dirty Dozen" list of the worst tax…

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How To Maximize Your Charitable Giving

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act likely wasn’t intended to discourage taxpayers from donating to charity, but the way the law was structured, it did. The TCJA increased the standard deduction to…

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8 Cryptocurrency Tax Nightmares and How To Avoid Them

If you made profits on any cryptocurrency last year, you will owe taxes. Keep reading to learn about these potential tax nightmares and how to avoid them.


Every Document You Need To Defend Yourself During an Audit

Defending yourself during an Internal Revenue Service audit can be a time-consuming, stressful affair — but audits aren't too common. In fact, less than 1% of all returns are typically audited…


TaxAct vs. TurboTax: Which Is the Best Tax Software?

Preparing and filing your taxes isn't usually a pleasant experience — unless you're expecting to receive a large tax refund. On top of paying a large portion of your income to the government, you'll…

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How To File Self-Employment Taxes: A Step-By-Step Guide

When you're self-employed, paying taxes is a little more involved than merely doing your income tax filing once a year as you do when you're an employee. You'll need to file the appropriate…

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Independent Contractor Taxes: A Complete Guide

An independent contractor is someone who works for a business or company but is not an employee. The IRS uses three categories of evidence to determine if someone is an independent contractor or…

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Intel From Tax Insiders You Need To Know

Before you file a tax return, it’s important to make sure you’re getting all the money you’re legally entitled to. But wading through pages of the IRS tax code to find deductions and…

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Why the Bonus Tax Rate Is Bad News for Your Tax Refund

Knowing the rules around bonus taxation can help you prepare for the hit. Read on to understand and minimize the taxes associated with bonuses.

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What a Negative Income Tax Could Mean for You

In 1962, economist and author of "Capitalism and Freedom" Milton Friedman proposed the concept of government subsidies for low-income families. Under this type of tax reform and social policy,…

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Is Child Support Tax Deductible?

When you're responsible for paying child support, you might wonder if you can claim the payments as a deduction on your tax return. Although child support payments can't be claimed as a tax deduction,…

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How to Calculate Your Adjusted Gross Income

Adjusted gross income is one of the most important numbers when it comes to taxes. While your taxable income is used to determine how much tax you owe on your federal income tax return, your AGI plays…

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Check Out These Crazy Tax Breaks You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

The U.S. tax code is incredibly complex, with an array of potential deductions that could make or break your return. There’s also plenty of misinformation out there about exactly what you can…


How To File an Amended Tax Return

Taxes can be complicated, and it's not uncommon to make a mistake on a tax return. The Internal Revenue Service recognizes this and allows taxpayers to amend their returns to correct errors they…

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Self-Employment Tax Deductions

Being self-employed isn't always all it's cracked up to be, especially when it comes to taxes. Not only do you have to use a tax estimator to make estimated tax payments, you also don't have an…

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Every Tax-Filing Status Explained

When preparing your annual tax return, one of the most important things to consider is your taxpayer filing status. Your filing status is commonly defined by your marital status. Typically, there are…

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Why Suze Orman Thinks You’re Doing Something Wrong If You Get a Tax Refund

Last year, the average tax refund was over $2,500, the IRS reported. And while you may be looking forward to getting another couple thousand dollars as a refund this year, financial expert Suze Orman…

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How To Tell If You Can Deduct Your Property Taxes

When it comes to property taxes, most people think of the real estate taxes they pay on their home. But the deductions allowed for property taxes include more than just your real estate taxes. The…

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Who Gets a 1099 Form? Find Out if You Need to Pay Self-Employment Tax

At the end of each year, individuals who have an employment contract with a company get a Form W-2 that summarizes their income and tax withholding. For individuals with self-employment and other…

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More Than 50% of Americans Passed This Tax Quiz — Can You?

When it comes to finances, there’s a lot that Americans don’t understand — especially when it comes to taxes. After all, the tax code is long and convoluted, and many aspects of it…

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1031 Exchange Rules You Need to Know

A 1031 exchange is one of many real estate investing secrets wealthy people use to save money. Learning what a 1031 exchange is can allow you to defer taxes on the gains each time you trade investment…

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What Is Tax Repatriation and How Does It Work?

Tax repatriation refers to the tax imposed by the U.S. on the return of money that multinational corporations make overseas. Before the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the IRS required corporations to pay…

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Take the Quiz: Are You Filing Your Taxes Correctly?

Tax season can be daunting, even if you’ve filed on your own in the past. Not only can tax laws change from year to year, but there’s also plenty of false information out there about what…

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Is Life Insurance Taxable? Find Out What Your Beneficiaries Will Owe

Owning a life insurance policy can be an effective way to ensure that your loved ones are provided for if you die prematurely. You pay premiums on the policy, and if the policy is still in force at…

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Simple Tax Mistakes To Avoid Making After Divorce

Taxes are complicated. Divorces are complicated. Put the two together and the result is an impossibly complex web of personal, financial and legal mistakes just waiting to be made. The first mistake…

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9 Legal Tax Shelters To Protect Your Money

When it's time to settle with Uncle Sam at the end of the year, don't overlook some IRS-approved tax shelters that might lower your tax bill. A good tax shelter is a legal way for a taxpayer to…

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What To Do When You Can’t Pay Your Tax Bill

Since 2017, tax season has looked difference for many Americans. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changed the withholding tables, meaning Americans had more money in their paycheck but potentially smaller…

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How President Joe Biden’s Tax Plan Could Affect You

Taxes go to the forefront for Americans at the start of every year as their W-2 and 1099 forms arrive in the mail for the upcoming tax season. And now, as President Joe Biden has taken office, it's…

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7 Ways You’re Accidentally Committing Tax Fraud

Not every fraud artist is a sketchy identity thief or faux Nigerian prince from the dark corners of the internet. In fact, you might end up committing accidental tax fraud or accidental tax evasion…

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What Can I Write Off on My Taxes?

Some deductions remain every year, but others change or disappear, and new ones crop up. Learn the most common tax deductions available for tax year 2019.

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How to Reduce Your Estate Taxes

Two different types of death taxes exist: estate tax and inheritance tax. What is estate tax? Estate taxes are taxes imposed on a decedent's estate before distributions are made to beneficiaries,…

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8 Reasons the IRS Could Audit You

Nobody wants to face an IRS tax audit, but even if you do everything according to the rules, you could be subject to one. The good news is that the chances of being audited are very low. The IRS…

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12 Tax-Filing Mistakes First-Timers Always Make

The tax-filing process can be especially nerve-wracking for first-time filers who are afraid of getting it wrong. And there is a good chance they will. A mistake on your return can slow down a refund…

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If You Can’t Pass This Quiz, the IRS Is (Probably) Coming After You

It’s extremely unlikely that you will face a tax audit in any given year. However, more than 1 million Americans do get audited every year. See: 30 Ways To Prevent a Tax Audit Whether…


TurboTax Free and Paid Options Review: File Accurate Returns Quickly

Tax time is never fun, but the right software can make it a little easier. Intuit's TurboTax software lets you prepare and file your taxes with guaranteed accuracy — Intuit will even pay any IRS…

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A Tiny Tax Refund Could Be the Best Thing to Happen to Your Finances

When you finish filing your income tax return, you're probably looking forward to getting that refund check. And the bigger the better, right? Well, no. In fact, getting a big tax refund might be a…

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Best Tax Software and Services: Credit Karma to TurboTax

Now that the calendar has turned over to 2021, most people are likely in the process of realizing their New Year's resolutions were wildly unrealistic — and that it's time to file their taxes again….

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What Is a 1031 Exchange?

Real estate investing is a choice investment option for many people. If you're interested in growing your own real estate empire, minimizing your taxes helps you maximize your income. Using a 1031…

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Got a Side Hustle? Here’s How To Calculate Estimated Taxes

If you're self-employed, paying quarterly taxes is a must if you want to avoid IRS penalties and interest. Find out how and when to make quarterly tax payments.

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Tax Filing Season Starts Now: Here’s What You Need To Know

Last year, the pandemic forced the IRS to take the extraordinary step of extending Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. The unprecedented move already had the agency pinched for time. Then, Congress…

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Learn From These People’s Tax Fails So You Don’t Make the Same Mistakes

From math errors to missing Social Security numbers to forms that aren’t signed, there are plenty of common tax mistakes that taxpayers make when filing their returns. These mistakes can lead to…

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Here’s What Happens to Your Sales Tax

Though most Americans associate April with taxes, the truth is, every day is tax time. Unless you’re lucky enough to live in a state with no sales tax, you pay a percentage on nearly all of the…

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Everything You Need to Know About Self-Employment Tax

With the gig economy booming, and COVID-19 forcing more and more people to take side hustles and weekend jobs to earn extra money — some are even opting to make the leap into full-time…

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Tax Credits vs. Tax Deductions: Here’s the Difference

Although paying taxes is a fact of life, the IRS offers taxpayers the ability to reduce what they owe via various tax deductions and tax credits. But it's not as simple as it sounds. Before you can…

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Estate Tax Rates, Limits, Exemptions and Other Rules You Need To Know

Even after you die, the IRS isn't finished with you. The federal government imposes an estate tax on your assets, and several states also impose various "death taxes." But at the federal level, a…

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18 Worst Things To Do With Your Tax Refund

Tax season is in full swing. As some people prepare to write the government a check, others will eagerly await the arrival of a refund check. See: Here's the No. 1 Thing Americans Do With Their Tax…

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How To Fill Out a W-9 and Who Is Required To Fill One Out

When a business hires an independent contractor and pays them a total of $600 or more annually, the IRS requires the business to submit Form 1099. In order to collect the contractor's information to…


TaxAct Review: Which Tax Filing Option Suits You Best?

Although you might not like doing your taxes, you must file a return to get your refund or avoid interest and penalties on money you owe. Filing taxes online streamlines the process so you save paper…

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What Is the Alternative Minimum Tax and Will It Cost You Big-Time?

The alternative minimum tax was first introduced in 1969 as a way to prevent wealthy people from taking advantage of so many income tax deductions and credits that they paid little, if any, income…

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How Much Is Inheritance Tax? Find Out the Rates, Limits and Exemptions

When someone dies, states might impose an inheritance tax on money transferred from the decedent's estate to the heirs. Unlike estate taxes, which can be levied at the federal or state level and are…

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How To Keep Your Tax Return Safe If You’re E-Filing

E-filing your income tax return is fast, easy, and convenient, but many people wonder if it’s safe. It is, but, as with any situation in which you are sending out personal information from your…


Green Tax Credits That’ll Save You Hundreds When You File

Going green can pay off. Of course, it can help the environment, but it also can help you save money at tax time. Find Out: 8 New or Improved Tax Credits and Breaks for Your 2020 Return The $500 tax…


How To Get the Student Loan Interest Deduction

Student loan debt affects not only recent graduates but also older people either going back to school or paying for college for their children or grandchildren. Even though some loans might qualify…

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How To Minimize Tax Debt

If you do find yourself in debt with Uncle Sam, explore tax relief solutions and ways you can settle it — maybe even for less than you owe.

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What Is the 1040 and What’s the Difference Between the 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ?

Tax time can be stressful, and for many, the headaches start with trying to figure out which forms to use. Thankfully, since the 2018 tax year, all tax forms have been consolidated into one redesigned…

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9 Best Ways To Get Free Tax Help

Taxes can be confusing — with questions about whether it's better to itemize deductions, and what exactly you can or can't claim (not to mention the various forms and receipts you may need). Find…

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Do I Need a Tax Attorney?

Tax attorneys represent others in legal matters involving taxation. Tax lawyers play many important roles, although the role itself can vary greatly. In the most general sense, tax lawyers provide…

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Donating Stock to Charity Is the Ultimate Win-Win: Here’s Why

For most people, charitable contributions are mostly about what matters most to them — a way to help those in need or to begin righting a wrong. However, charitable contributions are also an…

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6 People Who Faced Tax Audits Have These Tips for You

Although your chances of being audited are low — the IRS only audits about 0.5% of the tax returns filed each year — that still amounts to over 1 million Americans who get that unwanted…

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10 Jobs That Grant You These Unique Tax Deductions

One of the best ways to save money on taxes this year is to make sure you’re taking advantage of every possible deduction you qualify for. And depending on your occupation, you might qualify for…

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Everything You Need To Know About Your W-2 Form

When you earn wages or a salary from an employer, you'll receive a W-2 form by Jan. 31 of the following year, which contains all the relevant information about your income that you'll need for tax…

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Why You Should Line Up a Tax Preparer Now — and What Paperwork You’ll Need

The Tax Cuts and Job Acts might have simplified taxes for millions of Americans, thanks to an expanded standard deduction, but let’s face it: Filing taxes is still a huge pain. Receipts can get…

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10 Tax Loopholes That Could Save You Thousands

Tax avoidance strategies aren’t solely for the rich — plenty of tax deductions and credits are available for middle- and low-income taxpayers, too. You might be able to take advantage of…

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Why You Shouldn’t Do Your Own Taxes Anymore

You’ve probably heard some variation of this: You wouldn’t do your own brain surgery, so why would you do your own taxes if you’re also not a tax expert? Plenty of accountants agree…

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Secrets on Your Tax Forms That Could Ruin You

If you’re like most people, you’re required to file a federal tax return each year. For many, this annual process is a standard — albeit tedious — chore. But if you’ve…

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How Tax Scam Victims Can Clear Their Names With The IRS

Almost any financial document can be used fraudulently, and tax returns are no exception. From obtaining your personal information to stealing your tax return, there's almost no limit to what…

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