Solutions to Make Better Decisions with Your Taxes and Money

A Quick and Easy Guide to Filing an Income Tax Return for an Estate (Form 1041)

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 […]

5 Popular Money-Saving Tax Deductions

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 […]

What IRS Forms 1095-A, 1095-B and 1095-C mean for you

*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 […]

5 popular tax credits: do you qualify?

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.

5 Tax Tips Millennials Can Use to Get a Bigger Refund

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 […]

7 Tax Filing Tips Parents Need to Know

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

*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 […]

6 Steps to Minimizing Taxes on Retirement Income

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 […]

6 Tips for First Time Tax Filers

There’s a good chance you’ve heard people complain about having to file their taxes. And perhaps you’re a bit intimidated as a result. But, filing your taxes for the first time probably isn’t as bad as you think. Most first time tax filers just need to learn a few tax filing basics. Here are a […]