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How Much You’re Really Paying in Property Taxes

Local governments collect property taxes to pay for community needs like public safety, education, infrastructure, street maintenance and recreation. Typically, property taxes are based on home values — and the tax rate varies among municipalities. There's no such thing as states with no property taxes. So whether you're a new homeowner or have been paying taxes on your home for years, you should know how to properly calculate your property taxes by state and ways you can pay those taxes. In addition, make sure that if you're buying a home, you take every tax deduction you can. How Much Is Property Tax? The…

Social Security: Benefit Recipients Should Know About These Two Credits This Tax Season

This year in particular, it's more important than ever to pay special attention to how you file your taxes; as a result of last year's stimulus bill, you could be entitled to credits and rebates you don't usually qualify for. These special credits are available to you even if you receive Social Security Supplemental Income and/or do not make enough money to file a tax return — or simply do not file one.  Taxes in 2022: Find Out Everything You Need To Know About Filing, Refunds and MoreFind: When Social Security Runs Out: What the Program Will Look Like in…

Young Workers Could Get an $800 Tax Boost This Year — No Children Required

Thanks to the American Rescue Plan's expansion of the earned income tax credit (EITC), young workers without children could see an extra tax boost this year. The EITC is the largest refundable tax credit for low- to moderate-income families, according to the Internal Revenue Service. See: Child and Dependent Care Credit Can Add Up to $8,000 — Here's How To Claim the Money on Your Taxes Find: Top Tips for Painless Tax Prep Thirty-seven percent of Americans ages 19 to 24 without dependent children are now eligible to receive the credit, with an average boost of $820, according to a…

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Bitcoin and Crypto Taxes in 2022: What You Need To Know

Cryptocurrency is the Wild West of the investment world. Not only are these digital currencies completely nontangible, but they fluctuate with such volatility that trading and investing in them can feel more like playing a video game than investing in a real asset class. See: Best Undervalued Cryptocurrencies To Buy for 2022Check Out: 8 Best Cryptocurrencies To Invest In for 2022 But from a tax perspective, the IRS views cryptocurrency transactions the same as if you were buying or selling stocks, bonds or other financial assets. Here are the important tax-related things you need to know about cryptocurrency, whether you trade it…

An Adoptive Parents’ Guide to Taxes

The process of adopting a child can be both incredibly exciting and financially stressful. While the financial side of things may not be your primary concern, the truth is that adopting a child can be an expensive proposition. Fortunately, the tax code is designed to promote certain behaviors that are deemed to be socially beneficial, and adopting a child falls into this category. In other words, you might find some relief in the form of tax credits if you go through the rewarding but financially challenging process of adopting a child. Here are some of the main things adoptive parents…

10 Signs You Really Do Need Professional Help Filing Your Taxes

Paying taxes is painful enough. Why fork over even more of your hard-earned money to pay someone to prepare your tax return? Learn: Taxes 2022: Are Face Masks and Hand Sanitizer Deductible?Explore: Tax Filing 2022: How To Set up ID.me for the IRS You probably don't need to if your tax situation is straightforward. You can prepare your return on your own or with the help of tax software. But for some taxpayers, it's worth spending the money to get professional help. "For people who have complex taxes and don't want to do them, there's a tax pro out there waiting for…

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