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
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 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...
January 23, 2015
Are you using the correct tax form when you file your return this year? Remember that filing electronically is the easiest way to submit a complete and accurate tax return. E-file software guides you through your tax preparation by asking...
January 20, 2015
A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the amount of tax that you owe. For example, a $500 tax credit will save you $500 in taxes.
On the other hand, a tax deduction merely reduces your...
January 13, 2015
For the majority of Americans, the most commonly used document for filing a tax return is IRS Tax Form 1040. This form is due by April 15 each year.
While there are many...
December 30, 2014
The Federal income tax is a “pay-as-you-go” tax. This means that you are expected to make tax payments throughout the year, instead of all at once at the end of the year. For most people, this requirement is satisfied by having tax withheld from...
December 10, 2014
The American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) was originally introduced for tax years 2009 and 2010 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
The AOTC was designed as a stimulus to assist individual taxpayers into a new career...
November 13, 2014
If you have to move because of your job — whether you’re starting a new job or working at the same job in a new location — you may be able to deduct some of your moving expenses on your income tax...
November 6, 2014