It’s important to understand the type of health account you have or could have, so you can take full advantage of any tax benefits. Three common types of tax-advantaged health accounts are health savings accounts (HSA), health flexible spending accounts (FSA) and health reimbursement arrangements (HRA).
When you start working at a new company, you typically have a few decisions to make within those first few days on the job. And one of those decisions may be whether you want to sign up for a Roth 401(k) or a traditional 401(k) plan. You understand having a retirement plan in place is […]
Don’t let the alternative minimum tax catch you by surprise. The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) was created in 1969 to keep a small number of wealthy taxpayers from using tax loopholes to avoid paying any tax at all. Instead of closing the loopholes, Congress came up with a plan to calculate a person’s tax two […]
If you’re the personal representative for someone who is recently deceased, you may need to file Form 1041, Income Tax Return for Estates and Trusts, for their estate. However, not every estate requires an estate tax return. Sometimes, all you need to do as a personal representative is make sure an individual income tax return […]
You can spend a lot of time determining which tax deductions will benefit you most throughout the year – and usually, that’s time well spent. For example, if you’re in the 25 percent tax bracket, every dollar you find in deductions may save you close to 25 cents in taxes. Let’s take a look at […]
Aside from Form W-2 and the usual tax documents that find their way into your mailbox during tax season, this year, you may also receive new forms related to the Affordable Care Act. But, what you are you supposed to do with them? To help clear up any confusion as you file your 2015 tax […]
There’s a good reason why people love tax credits. Unlike tax deductions, which lower your taxable income, tax credits lower your tax bill dollar for dollar. However, not every tax credit is the same. There are two different categories – nonrefundable and refundable. Most tax credits are nonrefundable, which means they are subtracted from your […]
Tips to get your maximum refund and put more money back in your pocket. You’ve heard the term “Millennials” used to describe people born sometime between 1980 and 2000. If your birthday fits into that time period, there’s a good chance you may be filing your first tax return. You also may have faced some […]