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6 Ways to Pay Your Income Tax Bill

6 Ways to Pay Your Income Tax Bill - TaxACT

If you owe taxes on your income tax return, the IRS gives you multiple payment options. 1. Automatic payment If you bank online, you can set up a payment to the IRS just like you do with other bills. If you’re filing early, you can set the payment up to be paid anytime before the […]

Can You Claim Your Parents as Dependents?

Can You Claim Your Parents as Dependents? - TaxACT

You know you can claim your kids on your tax return. What if you also support mom and dad? If you pay some or all of your parents’ expenses, you may qualify for dependency exemptions for them, just as you do for your children. Benefits of claiming your parents as dependents

Most Common Tax Forms

Most Common Tax Forms - TaxACT

By the first or second week of February, you should have received informational statements from every employer you worked for last year. You should have also have received statements from places that paid you or to whom you made tax-related payments. By keeping these forms handy and grouping them by type, you can make preparing […]

Schedule C: Reporting Self-Employment Income from Multiple Sources

Schedule C: Reporting Self-Employment Income from Multiple Sources - TaxACT

How to decide if you have one or more Schedule C businesses? Self-employed individuals often have more than one activity going at once. You can report closely related activities together on one Schedule C. If you have unrelated activities, however, you must report them on separate Schedule Cs. Similar activities would include different lines of […]

8 Kinds of Debt You Can’t Lose in Bankruptcy

8 Kinds of Debt You Can't Lose in Bankruptcy by TaxACT

When people go through a financial crisis, sometimes bankruptcy is the best or only solution. For example, when someone has insurmountable debts, often due to one-time events such as divorce, catastrophic illness, or business failure, bankruptcy may be the best way to overcome debt that person has no way of ever paying back. By “bankruptcy,” […]

10 Ways to Say No to Spending

10 Ways to Say No to Spending - TaxACT

You don’t need complicated strategies to save lots of money in the new year. If you’re like most people, you just need to say “no” to unnecessary expenditures – the ones that drain your bank account and give you precious little in return. Here are 10 ways you can say no to spending money on […]

Tax Tips for 2014 That You Need to Know

Tax Tips for 2014 You Need to Know - TaxACT

For most people, the biggest change in 2014 is the individual mandate for purchasing health insurance. If you’re a high-income taxpayer, you may also pay higher tax rates and new taxes. If you qualify for certain tax breaks, you’ll be glad to know most of them are extended through 2014 or beyond. See if any […]

5 Capital Gains Mistakes that Could Cost You

5 Capital Gains Mistakes that Could Cost You

What you should know before you sell. If you’re thinking about selling assets, such as stock, you’d better plan ahead. A little planning now can save you lot of capital gains tax later when you file your return. Here are some mistakes to avoid and what you can do to keep from paying higher capital […]

6 First-Time Tax Filing Tips

6 First-Time Tax Filing Tips - TaxACT

The way people sometimes talk about tax return preparation, you’d think filing your tax return is the root canal of personal finance. If this is your first time filing, you may be dreading the experience. You may be in for a surprise. Preparing a tax return doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, as a […]

Tax Benefits: Education Tax Credits Mean More Money In Your Pocket

Tax Benefits: Education Tax Credits Mean More Money In Your Pocket

You can still get tax benefits for higher education expenses. If you or your family members attend or are planning to attend postsecondary school in 2013, you can count on education tax credits to help you defray the cost. American Opportunity Credit (formerly the Hope Credit) One tax benefit is not only extended, it’s also […]

What’s At Stake If You Miss the Deadline to Get Health Insurance?

What's At Stake If You Miss the Deadline to Get Health Insurance

The deadline to get health insurance is approaching. If you don’t have access to employer-provided health insurance and you don’t qualify for Medicaid or Medicare, you need to make sure you have health insurance that meets the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by January 1, 2014. If you don’t get qualified health insurance […]

4 Tax Planning Strategies for College Students

4 Tax Planning Strategies for College Students - TaxACT

Start your tax planning early! As a busy college student, it’s easy to put off thinking about taxes until it’s time to file. That could cost you, however. You can only do so much about lowering your tax bill when you’re preparing your return. To make sure you’re not paying more tax than you should, be […]

Gift Tax: The Tax Implications of Supporting Adult Children

Gift Tax: The Tax Implications of Supporting Adult Children - TaxACT

Do you currently have your adult child(ren) living under your roof? If you support your adult children, or even give them a helping hand now and then, you’re not alone. In today’s tough job market, getting a good career started can take a little longer than planned. The last thing you need when you’re trying […]