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.
The new Tax Cuts & Job Act (TCJA) has been a hot topic most of this year, both in social and financial circles. Tax reform will have different effects on many taxpayers in different situations.
Previous articles have discussed how millennials are affected by the TCJA tax reform, and now another group is in the spot light. Baby Boomers it’s now your turn.
To assist you in visualizing just how tax reform will affect various individuals in the baby boomer generation, we’ve provided a Tax Reform Calculator. Check out the different scenarios and create your own to give you an idea where you stand.
As you hear the drum roll in the background, we are about to reveal the parts of the TCJA that will mostly affect baby boomers.
The standard deduction has almost doubled For each filing status, the new standard deduction has almost doubled. What this means is that many taxpayers who have been itemizing their deductions in the past on a Schedule A will have no need to do it on 2018 taxes.
Finally A Solution to the Current, Highly Complex, & Unfair US Tax Code
If I were to ask this question to a group of American taxpayers, ” Are you happy with our current tax system” what do you think their response would be? I would imagine some would want to see the entire unfair US tax code burned and its authors tarred and feathered.
I think most of us would have to agree the current and extremely complex tax code is far from perfect. So imperfect in fact, that two groups have formulated plans to replace the present tax code. Our goal in this article is to compare the two plans for you to decide if either one has merit. One plan is the Flat Tax and the other is the Fair Tax.
Proponents of the Fair Tax and Flat Tax alternatives both agree that when comparing our tax system with other countries, it shows that the USA lags far behind their more effective method of raising taxes. Each says the best way to correct our ineffective system is to use their particular method of taxation.
By now, most of you have either seen the new Form 1040, or have read a lot of comments on the Internet. Is it really the size of a post card? Can you file your taxes using just this new form?
Pretty much. (See the front and back below)
Some may. Probably not for most.
What is the Form 1040?
This form was first introduced over a hundred years ago as the primary summary form for individual tax returns. In the beginning, all Form 1040 returnswere done by hand. Eventually when computers came upon the scene, a few outside vendors were preparing tax returns for accounting firms.
These returns, however, had to be mailed in by the taxpayer. Then in 1986, e-filing was introduced by the IRS, and this was the point that forever changed the method you could file your taxes. View full post…
Posted: August 19, 2018 Under: Income Tax By: Gust Lenglet
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