Jason Summers



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  • January 22, 2015

    When you are filing your 1040 tax return, right before you compute your final taxable income, you have the option to either claim...

  • 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 14, 2015

    You have two options for filing your Federal income tax return (IRS Form 1040). You can file a paper return or you can file electronically (a.k.a. “e-file”).

    The IRS has announced that the...

  • 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...

  • October 9, 2014

    One thing that many new retirees forget is that they may need to pay taxes on a portion of their Social Security benefits. These benefits include monthly retirement, disability, and survivor payments — but not supplemental security income (SSI)...

  • October 7, 2014

    Have you given or received a large gift? Do you know what the tax consequences are? You may be subject to the 40% Federal Gift Tax.

    According to the IRS, a gift is "Any transfer to an individual, either directly or indirectly, where full...

  • September 22, 2014

    The IRS tries to process electronic returns within 21 days, but during peak season it can sometimes take longer. If you filed a paper return it can take 6 weeks to process a tax refund, so...