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Sally Herigstad is a certified public accountant and personal finance columnist and author of Help! I Can't Pay My Bills, Surviving a Financial Crisis (St. Martin's Griffin). She writes regularly at CreditCards.com, Bankrate.com, Interest.com, RedPlum, and MSN Money. She is an experienced speaker and a member of Toastmasters International. Follow Sally on Twitter.

7 Tax Filing Tips Parents Need to Know

7 Tax Filing Tips Parents Need to Know - TaxAct Blog

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers many deductions and credits that benefit parents and other taxpayers who claim dependents. To take advantage of these tax breaks, here are seven tax filing tips you need to know.

7 FAQs to Better Understand Form 1095-C

7 FAQs to Better Understand Form 1095-C - TaxAct Blog

Beginning this January, besides your usual Form W-2 from your employer, you may receive a new form related to the Affordable Care Act; Form 1095-C. If you purchased or received health insurance outside of the health insurance exchanges in 2015, and you worked for a large employer, look for Form 1095-C, Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer […]

6 Steps to Minimizing Taxes on Retirement Income

6 Steps to Minimizing Taxes on Retirement Income - TaxAct Blog

If you’re planning to retire in the near future, or if you already have, you know that minimizing taxes is an important part of creating a successful retirement plan. You can live on a lot less if you’re not sending a large portion of your money to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) every year. For […]

7 Tips for First Time Tax Filers

7 Tips for First Time Tax Filers - TaxAct Blog

You’ve probably heard people complain about having to file their taxes. Perhaps you’re a bit intimidated as a result. With tax season now upon us, the time has come for you to file your very first tax return. Filing your taxes probably isn’t as bad as you think. Most first time tax filers just need […]

14 Key Small Business Deductions for 2015

14 Key Small Business Deductions for 2015 - TaxAct Blog

One of the great benefits about being a small business owner is that you may be able to deduct many business expenses that you would not be able to deduct if you were an employee. Those deductions don’t just reduce your income tax. When you take business tax deductions, you also reduce your income subject […]

Taxable vs. Nontaxable Income: What’s the Difference?

Taxable vs. Nontaxable Income: What’s the Difference? - TaxAct Blog

If you receive money, goods or services, you might have to pay tax on the value of what you receive as taxable income. That’s true for money you earn, as well as, any interest and dividends you receive on your investments. Unless the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) specifically outlines a type of income as nontaxable…you […]

How to Handle Taxes During a Financial Hardship

How to Handle Taxes During a Financial Hardship - TaxAct Blog

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is probably the last place you expect to find help during financial hardships. However, thanks to certain provisions of the IRS code, help is out there. Many people are unaware that the IRS has a “hardship status,” meaning they have determined your account is currently not collectible if levy action […]

What You Need to Know about the Child Tax Credit

What You Need to Know about the Child Tax Credit - TaxAct Blog

Raising children is expensive. Fortunately, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers many tax benefits, such as the Child Tax Credit, to help working families make ends meet. Here is what you should know about this potentially valuable credit.

How to Handle Taxes During and After a Divorce

How to Handle Taxes During and After a Divorce - TaxAct Blog

Going through a divorce changes almost everything about a person’s finances. If couples had joint accounts and jointly held assets and debts, they must divide them up and open new, independent accounts. They need new financial plans and strategies. And they need to start filing tax returns as newly unmarried persons. Here are some things […]