Paying Taxes

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  • February 23, 2015

    It’s the age-old question: Should you take the standard deduction, or should you itemize your deductions?

    To properly answer this question, you must first understand what the standard deduction is.

    The Standard Deduction

    The...

  • February 22, 2015

    Roughly one in three Americans files their own taxes online, rather than using a professional tax preparer. If you're going to file electronically, there are a few ways you can do it.

    If your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) was less than $60,...

  • February 20, 2015

    Tax credits, available through the IRS, can bring you a substantial savings on your Federal income tax bill.

    A tax credit reduces your tax liability dollar-for-dollar. This means that a $500 tax...

  • February 18, 2015

    If you owe taxes, it may feel as though you’ve been cast adrift upon a sea of uncaring bureaucracy. Don’t despair—you have rights! In fact, there is a new “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” that was...

  • February 5, 2015

    The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC or EIC), which has been around since 1975, essentially provides a subsidy for low-income working families. To claim this tax credit, you must meet certain eligibility...

  • February 3, 2015

    In order to determine how much income tax you owe, you will first need to prepare your tax return. You have until April 15th to file and pay your individual income tax. If you miss the deadline, you...

  • February 2, 2015

    Beginning in 2014, the Individual Shared Responsibility provision of the Affordable Care Act takes effect. This means that each and every taxpayer (and family member) is now required to maintain basic health insurance, also called “...

  • January 30, 2015

    Spring has arrived and April 15 will be here before we know it, but many of us won’t be ready to file our tax returns in less than a month.

    Thankfully, the IRS allows taxpayers to request an extension of time to file, as long as the...

  • January 29, 2015

    The e-file process allows taxpayers to submit their taxes electronically by connecting to the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Electronic Filing System. E-filing can be done from a computer (as well as modern smartphones and tablets) using a tax...

  • January 27, 2015

    Saving for your retirement through individual retirement accounts (IRAs) can have a significant impact on your taxes. IRAs are designed to give people incentive to save for their retirement, potentially offering greater tax benefits over other...