Monthly Archives: February 2016

Having an IRA savings in place is a great way to prepare for retirement. However, sometimes situations may arise in which you will need to withdraw your funds before you’ve reached retirement age. Typically, if you take money from your individual retirement account prior to age 59 ½, you’ll be subject to a 10% early […]

Deducting Sales Tax

Recently, Congress decided that sales-tax deductions should be a tax break that you are allotted permanently. However, it’s often forgotten about, and underutilized. As a taxpayer, if you chose to itemize your deductions on a Form 1040, you can do one of two options. You can either: Deduct state and local income taxes, or; Deduct […]

Four W’s to Know at Tax Time

Wage Base The wage base changes every year, and is the income level at which the full tax rate of 15.30% will apply to withhold Social Security and Medicare taxes. In 2015, the 15.30% rate (a combination paid by employers and employees) is applicable to the first $118,500 of income or self-employment earnings. After that, […]

IRA: Individual Retirement Account

A traditional IRA is an account for retirement savings that can proved favorable at tax time. If your work doesn’t offer a retirement plan, or your income is below a specific threshold, then money contributed to a traditional IRA can be deducted at tax time. For 2015, the maximum amount of contributions for the year […]

Three T’s to Know at Tax Time

Taxable Income Taxable income is any earnings such as wages, interest and dividends that are subject to taxation. When filling out a tax return, taxable income refers to the amount of earnings after subtracting adjustments, deductions and exemptions. This amount will be used to calculate your taxes owed. Tax Bracket There are seven different tax […]

Three M’s to Know at Tax Time

Mortgage Interest Mortgage interest of up to $1 million in debt, incurred while purchasing or building your primary residence or second home is eligible to be deducted at tax time. If you borrow from a home-equity line of credit, any interest you pay on up to $100,000 can be deducted, no matter how you spend […]

Looking for a Job? Deduct Expenses!

Did you know that you can deduct expenses incurred from job searching? However, the IRS has strict guidelines regarding what is eligible for deduction and what isn’t. All job search expenses must be within your current industry. Looking for a new occupation or a new line of work will not qualify for deduction. The following […]

Who Qualifies as a Dependent?

Once you begin preparing your taxes, it won’t be long before you begin to question who you can claim as a dependent. It’s important to know who qualifies, because each dependent can save you a little extra by way of an exemption – a set amount deducted directly from your taxable interest. The dependent exemption […]

Credits for Children

Having a child is an exciting time in a parent’s life, from birth right up until – tax time? That’s right, children can save you money when filing your federal income tax return. If you’re the parent of a new child, you’ll be happy to know that it doesn’t matter what day throughout the year […]