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5 Last-Minute Tips for Beating the April 15 Tax Filing Deadline

5 Last-Minute Tips for Beating the April 15 Tax Filing Deadline

Ideally, we’d all keep perfect records all year long. By January 31, our tax documents would be in order and we’d start working on taxes with weeks or months to spare. In the real world, it doesn’t work that way. We get busy and next thing we know, we’re staring at the April 15 filing […]

7 Common Questions about Cost Basis

7 Common Questions about Cost Basis - TaxACT

What is cost basis, and how do you go about finding it? You’re making great progress on your tax return, when suddenly you need to enter something called a “cost basis” for an asset. If only that were as simple as remembering what you paid for the asset. Here are 7 questions and answers about […]

5 Good Reasons to File a Tax Extension

5 Last-Minute Tax Tips - TaxACT

April 15 is coming fast. For some of us, it’s coming too fast. We might not be quite ready to file our federal and state income taxes for one reason or another. Most people know they can file for an extension and get extra time. They may hate to do that, however, if they’re not […]

5 Questions Typically Asked about Filing an Amended Tax Return

5 Questions Typically Asked about Filing an Amended Tax Return - TaxACT

Everybody makes mistakes – there are no exceptions. If you discover an error or something you missed on your return after you filed it, don’t panic. Fortunately, most mistakes in life can be fixed, and your tax return is no exception.

10 Essential Tips to Make Filing a FAFSA Easy

10 Essential Tips to Make Filing a FAFSA Easy - TaxACT

Filing a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is an important step when getting ready for college. These tips can make filing the application for financial aid easier. If you or someone in your household is planning to go to college, you’ve probably heard of FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA […]

6 Things to Know About Pre-Existing Conditions and Health Insurance

6 Things to Know About Pre-Existing Conditions and Health Insurance - TaxACT

You’ve heard by now that health insurance companies can no longer deny you coverage because you have a pre-existing condition, thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). That sounds like good news, and for many people it is. It’s not quite that simple, however. Make sure you understand the new rules for pre-existing conditions:

7 Homeowner Tax Breaks

2013 Homeowner Tax Breaks - TaxACT

Owning a home has long been a great way to save on your taxes. That’s still true. Take a look at the following ways that owning a home can still give you a break on your taxes.

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 […]