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 […]
*Updated for tax year 2016 Aside from Form W-2 and the usual tax documents that find their way into your mailbox during tax season, you may also receive a version of Form 1095, which is related to the Affordable Care Act. While many of us already understand what these forms mean, others are still trying to decipher what to […]
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.
No matter what 2016 looked like for you, there are many ways you can get more back from Uncle Sam this tax filing season. Check out these tips designed to help millennials, like you, get your biggest refund.
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.
*Updated for tax year 2016. In January, aside from receiving your usual Form W-2 from your employer, you may receive Form 1095-C related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If you received health insurance outside of the marketplace exchanges in 2016, and worked for a large employer, look for Form 1095-C, Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage, to arrive […]