Monthly Archives: August 2015

Once you get divorced, your taxes will change dramatically, as well as which status you use and the credits you are eligible for. If you are used to filing Head of Household status, a divorce can alter your eligibility to use that status to file at tax time. Head of Household status generally has a […]

Taxes and the Self-Employed

Whether you freelance, own your own business as a sole proprietor, or are an independent contractor, you are likely considered self-employed. Self-employment income has certain tax requirements that you need to be aware of when it’s time to file your federal income tax return. Be aware of the following six pieces of advice from the […]

When You Owe the Additional Medicare Tax

There are certain taxpayers who, depending on their income, may owe an Additional Medicare Tax. If this applies to you, it’s important to be aware of certain facts to make tax time simpler. The Additional Medicare Tax rate is 9%. The tax is assessed when your income exceeds a specified threshold. Medicare wages, self-employment income, […]

Filing your tax return doesn’t have to be stressful. Many people worry about making a mistake when filing, and surprisingly, mistakes do happen. It’s not the end of your tax world. It does mean that the IRS may take longer in processing your return, leading to a delay in your refund. Mistakes are less common […]

Paying for college is never cheap, and students can use all the help they can get. You may be able to alleviate some of the cost of college education through two different tax credits that lessen the amount you owe at tax time. American Opportunity Tax Credit: The American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) allows you […]

Not only can making a donation to those in need feel great, it can also benefit you at tax time. Depending on a few requirements, you may be able to deduct your charitable gift from your taxes. If you’ve made a contribution, consider the following tips to see if you are eligible to claim a […]

Contrary to popular belief and what is often portrayed in movies, the IRS isn’t always the bad guy. If you aren’t able to pay the full amount you owe in taxes, the IRS will make arrangements to make repayment easier. Though you should be aware that back taxes or past due amounts will reduce your […]

Documenting Deductible Donations

Donating to charity is a great idea, and may even afford you a tax deduction. It’s necessary that you keep a clear and accurate record of your charitable contributions in order to qualify for a tax deductions. You will need a hard copy record of the donation if you want to deduct it on your […]

Taking the standard deduction may seem like the easier option when filing your taxes. However, it may not be the most valuable to you in the long run. Itemizing your deductions may lower your taxes owed. You can determine which method works best for you by figuring out the amount of each deduction method. In […]

You’re probably not thinking about filing next year’s taxes already, but if you start organizing your documents now, you can avoid a lot of stress and headaches when the next season comes. Tax preparation doesn’t begin on January 1st, but is instead a year-round activity that can make filing your taxes a breeze when it […]