Monthly Archives: February 2017

If you receive Social Security disability benefits, you should be aware that they are taxable. However, many aren’t required to pay on them. Social Security disability benefits are taxed, but those who have very little additional income usually don’t have to pay the tax. Statistically, those who do pay taxes on their Social Security Disability […]

Cancelled Debt Can Be Considered Income

Sometimes, those you owe money to may consider the debt forgiven, and cancel the remaining balance. In these situations, you’ll likely still have to pay tax on the amount forgiven, as the IRS considers the balance to be a form of income. You’ll be responsible for paying income tax on the cancelled debt. Debt is […]

Taxpayers who claim deductions typically understand that they have to be able to prove that they qualify for the deduction. For example, you know if you claim business expenses, charity gifts, or other costs for deduction, that you’ll need to supply documents such as receipts, cancelled checks, or bank statements in the event of an […]

Taxpayers who pay their student loans using an IBR, ICR, or PAYE repayment plan should be extra careful when filing their tax returns. The tax filing status you chose can affect your repayment plan. Married taxpayers should determine whether filing a return with their spouse, using “married, filing jointly,” or keeping their income separate by […]

How Quickly Does the IRS Process Returns?

If you electronically file your tax return, you will receive an email within 48 hours. This email will tell you to sign into your account, to see if your return was accepted. If your return was not accepted, you can correct your return resubmit it to IRS at no charge. When your return is accepted […]

Not only parents qualify for the EITC

It’s nice to work hard and get a bit of a break at tax time. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) does exactly that for workers who earn a lower income, giving back some of the taxes these workers paid. It’s refundable, so eligible taxpayers without a tax liability can receive money back from the […]

The Health Insurance Marketplace sells four different types of plans: bronze, silver, gold, and platinum. These four plans provide varying levels of coverage, and the cost varies, with platinum plans being the most expensive. The Second Lowest Cost Silver Plan (SLCSP) is the silver plan that has the second to least expensive available in the […]

In most situations, you can only claim a child as a dependent if they lived with you for over 50% of the tax year. It’s standard that the taxpayer with whom the child lives with, in most cases the custodial parent, has the right to claim the child and the associated credits and exemptions. There […]

Understanding Adjusted Gross Income

At tax time, you’ll see reference to “adjusted gross income (AGI)” many times throughout your forms. Many credits and deductions apply income thresholds and brackets which are dependent on your AGI, so it’s important to know how to determine your adjusted gross income. First, you’ll have to know your gross income. From that amount, you’ll […]

There are nine different states that don’t tax wages. For residents of the other fourth-one, tax season requires the filing of both a federal income tax return and a state return. While paying taxes to the state may not be ideal in your mind, there’s one highlight: State taxes may be able to reduce your […]