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Archives for March 2015

Your Complete Guide to Employee Stock Options and Tax Reporting Forms

Employers often compensate employees with benefits other than just a pay check. Stock options and stock purchase plans are becoming increasingly popular. Here are some of the more common employee stock options and plans, and the necessary tax reporting forms, to make tax time less stressful. Employee stock options and plans

Education Tax Credits and Deductions — Too Good to Be True?

In the “You Got This” Weekly Series, we will answer a question from our customers found on Facebook, Twitter, TaxACT’s Blog and around the web. Question: I am a graduate student and I receive nearly full remission of tuition and fees from my university as part of my compensation for my teaching assistantship. My 1098-T shows that I “paid” […]

Owe Too Much Tax? 4 Ways to Lower and Pay Your Tax Bill

For some people, not getting a big income tax refund is a terrible disappointment. The only thing worse is having to pay even a small amount to Uncle Sam at the end of the year. When you finish your taxes and discover you owe a small amount of tax, however, you should consider that you’ve […]

Where’s My Refund? Step-by-Step Timeline of your Tax Refund

From the time you prepare and file your tax return, to the day you find your tax refund in your mailbox or your bank account, you’re never alone. Here is a timeline of your tax refund and where you can find help when you need it. Where’s my refund?

If Income from ESPP/ISO Shares Sold Appears on W-2, Do I Need to Adjust Basis from Form 1099-B?

In the “You Got This” Weekly Series, we will answer a question from our customers found on Facebook, Twitter, TaxACT’s Blog and around the web. Question: After entering my info into Form 1099-B, I think I’m getting double taxed on the sale of my employee stock options and ESPP shares. I haven’t adjusted the basis from what is shown […]

How to Maximize Tax Deductions and Credits

Paying income taxes is the civic duty of all Americans, with the money helping to pay for national defense, highways, schools and police departments, among other things. While we’re happy to pay our fair share, no one wants to pay too much income tax. That’s where tax deductions and credits come into play.

I Ran a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign, How Do I Need to File This for Tax Purposes?

In the “You Got This” Weekly Series, we will answer a question from our customers found on Facebook, Twitter, TaxACT’s Blog and around the web. Question: I ran a successful crowdfunding campaign last year for a medical need (service animal) for my disabled daughter. It wouldn’t be covered by insurance. It’s a long process and we’ve paid a portion […]

10 Tax Deductions Every Current and Future Retiree Should Know

You’ve finally reached your 66th birthday, and it’s time to say goodbye to the daily grind and set off on a life of retirement ease. Or so we think. In truth, retirement for most of us will require careful budgeting and smart financial planning to make our savings last for two or three more decades. […]

Is a 401(K) Really the Right Way to Save for Retirement?

The 401(k) retirement plan, first popularized in the 1980s, is an excellent way to put aside money for retirement. Like other retirement plans — traditional IRA or Roth IRA — a 401(k) invests your money in a customized mix of individual stocks, money-market funds and bonds to maximize your return. But which type of retirement […]