Monthly Archives: February 2019

New Personal Exemption

The abolition of the personal exemption is also a significant shift. This provision was a subtraction from income before the overhaul for each person included in a tax return-typically family members. The amount for 2018 was set to be $4,150 per person, and for higher earners it was phased out. Personal exemption was also essential […]

New SALT limit

The tax overhaul placed a limit on deductions for state and local taxes, known as SALT, in a landmark change. These deductions were previously unlimited for individuals, although many people who owed the alternative minimum tax lost some or all of their SALT write-offs. Taxpayers can deduct property and income taxes or sales taxes for […]

When filing your taxes, you will often have to choose between itemizing your deductions and taking a standard deduction. You should determine the amount of your deductions using both methods, then select which option reduces the amount of tax you owe. The method that leads to the greatest deduction typically provides the greatest credit. How […]

Non-taxable income

If you try to determine the difference between taxable and non-taxable income, remember one basic fact: All income that is not specifically excluded by law is taxable. In essence, any money you receive in the form of wages or tips for work is taxable. In addition, any revenue you earn from property or services, whether […]

Standard deduction

In 2018, it’s $12,000 for single filers and separate married filers, $24,000 for jointly filing married filers and $18,000 for head of household. Even if you have no other qualifying deductions or tax credits, the IRS lets you take the standard deduction on a no-questions-asked basis. The standard deduction reduces the amount of income on […]

Estimated Tax Payments

If you choose not to have taxes withheld from your wages, or if you have not paid enough for each paycheck, you may have to make estimated tax payments. Similarly, self-employed people typically pay income tax by estimated payments. Four Important facts about estimated taxes If you think you need to pay estimated taxes, or […]

Unemployment Benefits

It can be stressful to deal with the loss of a job, even if you have just been laid off. You’re struggling to find out how to meet the ends, and unemployment benefits can be the answer to the help you’re looking for. You must remember, though, that they are taxable. You must include any […]

Saving to retire?

If you plan to retire by building a savings plan through an IRA or 401 (k) plan, there is a good chance that you can qualify for a special tax credit. The Saver’s credit is available to pensioners and can help reduce your tax liability. The Saver’s Credit, also known by its extended name, The […]

Gambling Win and Loss

If you enjoy trying your luck at the tables, watching the slots spin, or hoping to win your horse, any money you have earned from these activities is taxable, the IRS must be advertised. Every once in a while you can enjoy a game of chance, but you should never play your taxes. Follow these […]