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…
Posted: December 18, 2018 Under: Income Tax By: Gust Lenglet
(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.
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Find all of your tax documents that were sent to you
You wouldn’t start a building project without plans and filing your taxes is no different. Gather your W-2 and 1099 forms that you got in the mail, plus View full post…
Posted: May 15, 2018 Under: Income Tax By: Gust Lenglet
If you’ve ever researched the current tax code trying to find out if there were any tax advantages in being a foster parent, it had to be confusing at best. Normally, a foster child does not qualify for the same tax credits or deductions that you would receive for an adopted or a biological child. However, there are a couple of very important tax advantages that are available.
A definition of a foster child is someone who has been placed in your care by a court order or an authorized state or local government agency. If the child has not been placed with you under those rules, there are no tax breaks available. Under IRS regulations though, the child may be able to be claimed by you as a dependent. You can find out more at the IRS website, Who You Can Claim as a Dependent.
Tax Deductible Items for your Job – Keep Accurate Records
Most individuals who are employed, and earn W-2 wages, usually don’t have on the job expenses. However, many others do have various tax deductible items that can be used on their tax return to reduce their taxable income.
Various professions, such as law enforcement, outside sales, and construction workers, to name a few, incur expenses in the performance of their job that are not reimbursed by their employer.
These could include tools, uniforms, use of personal auto, uniform cleaning, and many others. The important thing to remember is that these employee business expenses can be deductible if you personally paid for them and you were not reimbursed by your employer.
Where do you claim and deduct these tax deductible items?
As an individual employee, you can deduct these items if you use the itemized deduction method on Schedule A, and are not using the standard deduction.
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