Monthly Archives: December 2014

Taxpayers are required to pay tax on any income received from investments. The same applies to children with investment income. If a child is unable to file their own return, the responsibility lies with the parent or legal guardian to ensure a tax return has been filed correctly. Depending on the type of investment income, […]

Deducting Expenses from Job Hunting

When you seek out a new job in the same occupation, you may be able to deduct some of the costs you incur through the hunting process. If you want to know how to get a little more cash back in a time when you’re trying to save, you should be aware of the following […]

IRA Contributions and Tax Time

For taxpayers who contribute to an IRA, tax time can lead to many questions regarding how those contributions may affect your taxes. If you chose to save for retirement through an IRA, there are some important things you should know. In order to contribute to a traditional IRA, you have to be under 70 ½ […]

For those who work from home, there is a new option for claiming the home office deduction which makes the process simpler. Figuring out the deduction for using you home as a business used to be a little more complicated, but starting this tax year, the new option will help you maintain records, and make […]

Reporting Gambling Income and Loss

If you enjoy trying your luck at the tables, watching the slots spin, or hoping for your horse to win, any money you’ve won from these activities are taxable, ad must be reported to the IRS. You may enjoy a game of chance every once in a while, however, you should never gamble with your […]

What Are Estimated Tax Payments?

When you opt not to have taxes withheld from your wages, or if you haven’t paid enough each paycheck, then you may be required to make estimated tax payments. Similarly, those who are self-employed typically pay income tax through estimated payments. Four Important Facts about Estimated Taxes If you think you need to pay estimated […]

Dealing with the loss of a job can be stressful, even if you’ve just been laid off. You’re struggling to figure out how to make ends meet, and in this time, unemployment benefits may be the answer to the help you seek. However, you need to remember that they are taxable. When calculating your income […]

Taxable and Non-taxable Income

If you’re trying to determine the difference between taxable and non-taxable income, you should remember one basic fact: All income not specifically excluded by law is taxable. Basically, any money you receive in the form of work wages or tips is taxable. Additionally any income that you gain from property or services, whether cash or […]

Often, you’ll have to choose between itemizing your deductions and taking a standard deduction when you are filing your taxes. You should determine what your deductions amount to using both methods, then choose which option decreases the amount of tax that you owe. Typically, the method that leads to the largest deduction will provide the […]

If you’re planning for your retirement by building a savings through an IRA or 401(k) plan, there’s a god chance you may qualify for a special tax credit. The Saver’s Credit is available to those with retirement plans, and can help reduce your tax liability. Also known by its extended name, The Retirement Savings Contribution […]