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How Itemized Deductions Work

How Itemized Deductions Work - TaxACT Blog

The IRS isn’t cruel. It doesn’t want to tax every last cent you earn. In fact, it offers a standard deduction — a gift! — to all taxpayers based on their filing status. For the 2014 tax year, the standard deduction for a single filer under the age of 65 can automatically deduct $6,200 from […]

How to Maximize Your Tax Deduction for Charitable Contributions

How to Maximize Your Tax Deduction for Charitable Contributions - TaxACT Blog

If you itemize deductions on your income tax return, the IRS allows you to write off the cash value of any contributions or donations that you make to tax-exempt organizations. This is an excellent way to lower your taxable income while giving back to your community or supporting an organization that shares your values. Examples […]

Tips for Filing Taxes for the First Time

Tips for Filing Taxes for the First Time - TaxACT Blog

You can’t fully understand many important things in life until you do them for the first time: riding a bike, getting your first job, and doing your taxes. Filing your income tax return is one of those adult rites of passage that can seem shrouded in mystery until you sit down to file for the […]

9 Tips for Getting the Biggest Tax Refund Possible

9 Tips for Getting the Biggest Tax Refund Possible - TaxACT Blog

There is something deeply satisfying about receiving a big, fat refund from the IRS. Your boss withholds a big slice of your paycheck each month for federal and state income taxes, and now is your chance to get some of that cash back. If your goal is to get the biggest tax refund possible, follow […]

10 Common Tax Mistakes That Could Cost You

10 Common Tax Mistakes That Could Cost You - TaxACT Blog

The U.S. tax code runs nearly 4 million words. But even though the tax rules are complex, most of the mistakes that taxpayers make are fairly simple. Here are 10 of the most common tax mistakes that trip us up and how to avoid them: Not filing on time The IRS estimates that 20 percent […]

You Still Have Time to Maximize Your Refund with These Six Year-End Moves

Six Year-End Strategies to Boost Your Tax Savings - TaxACT Blog

Regardless of the outcome of the IRS open date, you still have time to maximize refunds, and get a head start on your return to be first in line to get your refund. Here are six things you can do now to increase your tax savings:

Weekly Favorites: 9 Money Moves to Make Before the End of the Year, and more

TaxACT Weekly Favorites

TaxACT Weekly Favorites: October 31, 2014 The 5 Biggest Tax Differences Between an LLC and Corporation By Nellie Akalp Among the many decisions you need to make when launching a business is selecting a business structure. If you do nothing, your business, by default, is structured as either a general partnership (multiple owners) or sole […]

Weekly Favorites: Time to Make Year-End Tax Moves — and more

TaxACT Weekly Favorites

TaxACT Weekly Favorites: October 24, 2014 6 Do’s and Don’ts for an Energy-Efficient Home by Sally Herigstad Fall is here, and with it higher energy bills. You’re on the right track if you’re already thinking of ways you can save money this winter. Not all measures you can take to have an energy-efficient home are […]

Weekly Favorites: Why Starting To Save At 25 Means An Extra Six Figures In Retirement

TaxACT Weekly Favorites June 27 2014

TaxACT Weekly Favorites:  June 27, 2014 Why Starting To Save At 25 Means An Extra Six Figures In Retirement via Maggie McGrath A picture might be worth a thousand words, but when it comes to the state of retirement savings for the youngest generation of workers in the U.S., the numbers create a picture that […]

Weekly Favorites: Paying Bills — You’re Doing it Wrong, plus more

TaxACT Weekly Favorites June 20 2014

TaxACT Weekly Favorites:  June 20, 2014 Drowning in Student Loan Debt via CNN Money I am my family’s first college graduate. The choices I had were: staying on in the housing projects where I grew up, or student loans. So I took the loans to improve my life. Since I graduated in December, I have […]

Weekly Favorites: College Financing’s Secret Weapon—Granny and Grandpa, and more

TaxACT Weekly Favorites June 6

TaxACT Weekly Favorites:  June 6, 2014 Paying For College: A 21-Step Guide To Preserving Wealth via Forbes If you are the parent of a college-bound child—of any age—you should be thinking right now about how your family will finance the degree. The difference between doing it right and not doing it right could easily be […]

Track Your Charitable Donations to Save You Money at Tax Time

Track Your Charitable Donations to Save You Money at Tax Time

To view the Donation Assistant by TaxACT infographic, click here. Making charitable donations makes a difference to those in need and can save you money at tax time. Donation Assistant by TaxACT is a free mobile app that helps track goods and money you donated to charitable organizations. Your donations can then be easily imported […]