Is Unemployment Money Taxable?

Is Unemployment Money Taxable?

Do I have to Report Unemployment Money on my Tax Return?

Short answer…yes, it’s taxable on your Federal return and on most of the states too. We know next year’s taxes are the least of your worries right now when you lose your job. But, if you’ve gotten any unemployment money this year, it’s a good idea to look at this now, and understand just how they’re taxed. You’ll avoid bad surprises that way.

Hang on. I need to Report It and Pay Taxes?

Unfortunately, yes. We know it seems like the government is kicking you in the gut when you’re down and out. It gets worse…that extra $600 a week a lot of people got through the Cares Act is also taxable.

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Creative Tax Deductions

Creative Tax Deductions

Awards for Creative Tax Deductions – Or Not

Now that the 2020 tax season initial filing season is over, we’re hoping that the following might help to put a smile on your face. Every tax year, the IRS receives returns with deductions that are…well, let’s just say creative.

Some of these creative tax deductions are approved, some even make it to the tax court, where some of the judges must have a good sense of humor. Here’s the first one:

School-related costs
Normally, expenses you pay for your child to attend school are not deductible. However, one particular child had severe respiratory problems, so the parents sent him to a school in Arizona. They deducted the cost of travel to Arizona and his room and board as a medical expense. It was View full post…

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Speedy Online Tax Services

Speedy Online Tax Services

Online Tax Services Help to Avoid These 7 Tax Return Blunders

If there’s one thing that we can count on, it’s that tax laws are constantly changing. To help us to cope, the better online tax services, such as ours at HBS Financial Group, Ltd., offer assistance to avoid the seven most common tax blunders.

These mistakes are not only made by first time tax filers with a very simple return, but also by those who file more complex tax returns. It is our hope that listing these seven types of errors will help you to avoid them.

Failure to report all taxable income

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Online Tax Preparation Made Easy

Online Tax Preparation Made Easy

Finally a Solution to Online Tax Preparation That Makes Sense

Now that you’ve decided to take advantage of the online tax preparation method of filing your income tax return, you need to select one of the tax vendors from the many listed in the search results.

You really need to select the one that will best supply your needs, and this will involve some research on your part. This guide may be of help to you as well. We’re assuming that you haven’t filed a tax return online before, so you may not be 100% certain on the services that you may need.

There are various factors to consider, as well as tax documents you need to have in hand before you start to look for an online tax filing service. Get all of your tax documents together such as W-2’s, 1099’s, and any other information that was sent to you.

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5 Free Tax Return Filing Tips

5 Free Tax Return Filing Tips

5 Free Tax Return Filing Tips to Simplify Filing Your Taxes

It’s a known and unfortunate fact that most individuals aren’t too efficient when it relates to tax return filing. We offer these free online tax preparation tips to help those who are disorganized and/or unprepared. Many are stressed out because they are not organized and it doesn’t have to be that way.

  • A checklist can be a big help in getting organized.

Making use of a good checklist will guide you in organizing all of the correct documents that you need. This one free tax return filing tip alone can make sure that you don’t miss any required details. Did we mention less stress? Getting your required documentation organized will allow you to View full post…

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How to File Your Taxes Online

How to File Your Taxes Online

How to File Your Taxes Online Faster with These Tips

There are many reasons to look for tax filing help, especially if you’re not sure how to file your taxes online. Many individuals feel that the tax laws are very complicated, and they’re simply not comfortable in filing their own tax returns.

For these individuals, tax filing help can come from a couple of sources. One option is going to a tax preparer and having him/her prepare your tax return. This may appear to be the easiest way out of your dilemma; however, the taxpayer is ultimately responsible for the return. Plus, the high fees can be a turn-off.

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Stepped-Up Cost Basis Rule

Stepped-Up Cost Basis Rule

Stepped-Up Cost Basis – Very Important Tax Benefit

Practically all married couples have their home and other assets titled jointly with a right of survivorship. What that means is that when one spouse passes away, their ownership of the home or other asset passes on to the surviving spouse. This triggers a tax benefit called stepped-up cost basis.

This arrangement works very well for married couples who have a modest estate and want all of their assets to pass on to the surviving spouse. In most situations, these assets will pass to the surviving spouse without any federal or state death taxes. Plus, there is no need to get involved with lengthy and complicated estate or probate procedures.

What often happens though, the surviving spouse and/or inexperienced executors overlook a very important tax benefit that the survivor is qualified for. Perhaps because the joint ownership rules are so simple, this fact doesn’t surface.

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Lucrative Free Tax Filing Online

Lucrative Free Tax Filing Online

The Ultimate Guide to Free Tax Filing Online

Do you still take your tax records to a CPA or other tax professional for a simple return? Each year, millions of taxpayers are taking advantage of free tax filing online at one of the online tax filing firms.

Cost and convenience are the two major reasons for this change. Having a tax professional prepare even a simple return without itemizing, can cost several hundred dollars. Traveling to and from a tax professional can be very inconvenient as compared to doing your taxes online from the comfort of your home.

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Do Your Taxes Online Fast & Accurately

Do Your Taxes Online Fast & Accurately

How To Do Your Taxes Online In Minutes

Quite often it doesn’t make much sense to have a professional handle your taxes. There are many reasons why it makes more sense to do your taxes online yourself.

It all boils down to cost. When you consider the fees charged by professionals versus the small fees to file your taxes online, its a no-brainer. During the 2018 tax season, the average fee by a pro for a federal and state return using the standard deduction was $175.00.

Filing the same return using itemized deductions, the total fee was $275.00. Say you had a side gig and had to file a Schedule C, the total fees would be in the area of $450.00 and up. In some areas of the country where the cost of living may be higher, your total fees went well View full post…

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The New Tax Law

The New Tax Law

The new tax law: What you need to know now

(BPT) – With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 having been signed into law, here are some of the things you should be thinking about as tax season approaches, according to Robert Fishbein, vice president, and corporate counsel, Prudential Financial Inc.

2017 tax returns

The new tax law is generally effective starting in 2018, which means that your 2017 income tax return is largely unaffected. However, there may be actions you can take now to benefit from the change. For example, assuming you are eligible, you could fund a traditional IRA before the due date of your tax return; the income exclusion may be more valuable under higher 2017 tax rates.

Lower tax rates and new withholding

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