Monthly Archives: March 2015

Social Security Benefits and Taxes

Some recipients of Social Security benefits may be subject to taxes on the income received. Since some taxpayers find that their benefits aren’t taxable, the IRS is the best place to go to determine which benefits you will be responsible for paying taxes on. Anyone who received Social Security benefits for the current tax year […]

What is Minimum Essential Coverage?

Minimum Essential Coverage is the health care plan that meets the lowest requirements of the Affordable Care Act, and will help taxpayers avoid penalties assessed for not having insurance. Taxpayers must have minimum essential coverage during the tax year, or they can face a fee for each month that they aren’t covered. However, there is […]

The Three Exemptions

For the 2014 tax year, filers can claim exemptions for three different categories, worth $3,950 each, if they meet the requirement for each exemption. Also, taxpayers who are high-income may be subject to a phase-out rule, in which these exemptions do not apply. Yourself: Unless you are claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax […]

Divorced Parents and Child Tax Credits

If a divorced couple has children, only one parent is eligible to claim any credits relating to the child. This means that one parent cannot claim the Earned Income Tax Credit, while the other claims dependency exemptions and credits. Typically, the custodial parent is eligible to claim the dependency exemption, the child tax credit, the […]

Can I Deduct Business Travel Expenses?

If you travel for work, and you are employed by someone other than yourself, it may be more beneficial to have your employer reimburse any costs you incur while traveling than to try to deduct them at tax time. Deductible expenses occur when you are away on a work related trip outside of your main […]

Which Taxes are Deductible?

Taxpayers can use Schedule A to create an itemized list of deductions which include specific taxes that you were required to pay throughout the year. You can’t deduct taxes that you paid for anyone else, if you weren’t dually responsible for the tax. Taxes that can be deducted include: State and local income tax Contributions […]

Whichever method your spouse choses for taking deductions, you’ll have to follow suit, even if you file separately. If one of you opts to itemize your deductions, the other will not qualify for a standard deduction and ill also have to itemize. It possible that you can claim a separate return with itemized deductions that […]

Deducting Moving Expenses

You may be able to deduct some expenses incurred from a work-related move. Whether or not you itemize deductions, you may qualify to deduct some of these expenses if you meet the following two conditions: Your new job has increased your commute from your old home by over 50 miles. This means that there has […]

Deduction of Medical Expenses

Medical expenses are defined as any costs related to diagnosing, curing, mitigating, treating, or preventing disease. These services can affect any functionality of the body. Expenses also include monies paid to doctors, dentists, surgeons, and other medical staff who provided legal medical care, as well as the cost of any supplies, equipment, or devices necessary […]

What are Itemized Deductions?

Chosing to itemize your deductions at tax time can prove beneficial in many ways. When you itemize, you list all of your expenses and amounts paid on Schedule A of Form 1040 when you file your tax return. These expenses can range from medical or dental care and state or local income tax, to mortgage […]