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10 Things to Consider Before Buying Your First Home

10 Things to Consider Before Buying Your First Home - TaxACT Blog

For most individuals and families, buying a home represents the biggest purchase they will ever make. While buying a house can be a terrific investment, it should be done with great prudence, planning and comparison shopping. When is the best time to buy? How can you get the lowest interest rate on a mortgage? How […]

10 Smart Tips for Repaying Student Loans

10 Smart Tips for Repaying Student Loans - TaxACT Blog

With the cost of college increasing every year, tens of millions of students rely on loans to cover the rising expense of tuition, fees, books, and room and board. The average 2014 college graduate has $33,000 in student loan debt, more than any previous class. While repaying student loans is never easy, we have 10 […]

Small Business Week — 7 Strategies for Saving and Tax Planning

Small Business Week - TaxACT Blog

National Small Business Week Edition. National Small Business Week, organized by the Small Business Administration, recognizes the contributions of entrepreneurs and small business owners across the nation for the critical impact they have on the overall economy and job creation. “National Small Business Week is a chance to honor our nation’s 28 million small businesses and […]

10 Events to Consider When Planning Your Child’s Financial Future

10 Events to Consider When Planning Your Child’s Financial Future - TaxACT Blog

You want the best for your children: good health, a great education and solid financial security. And if you want that last part to include money for college or a financial lifeline for an accident or illness, the time to start planning is now — even if “now” means “while you’re still working on becoming […]

I Didn’t Pay Quarterly Taxes — How Do I Figure out the Penalty?

I Didn't Pay Quarterly Taxes — How Do I Figure out the Penalty? - TaxACT Blog

In the “You Got This” Weekly Series, we will answer a question from our customers found on Facebook, Twitter, TaxACT’s Blog and around the web. Question: I did my wife’s taxes for the first time this year and it turns out she/we should have been paying quarterly taxes and haven’t been. We owe about $750 in taxes. From what […]

How Doing Your Own Taxes Makes You Smarter about Your Finances

How Doing Your Own Taxes Makes You Smarter about Your Finances - TaxACT Blog

As part of the TaxACT #DIYtaxes blog tour, personal finance bloggers and experts from around the web share stories and tips about doing your own taxes and how it makes you smarter about the overall health of your finances. Check out the stops made on the tour.

What Is Form W-2 and How Does It Work?

What Is Form W-2 and How Does It Work? - TaxACT

If you work for an employer, then your employer withholds income taxes from each of your paychecks. That’s because both federal and most state governments collect income tax year-round, not just on April 15. Every January or early February, you should receive a form W-2 from your employer that lists exactly how much money you […]

Filing Income as a Contractor (Didn’t Get Form 1099-MISC)

Filing Income as a Contractor (Didn't Get 1099-MISC) - TaxACT Blog

In the “You Got This” Weekly Series, we will answer a question from our customers found on Facebook, Twitter, TaxACT’s Blog and around the web. Question: In 2013, I worked for a startup and was paid as a contractor. In 2014, I worked for the same company. They ended up bankrupt and never paid me the final 1.5 months […]

Your Complete Guide to Employee Stock Options and Tax Reporting Forms

Complete Guide to Employee Stock Options and Tax Reporting Forms - TaxACT Blog

Employers often compensate employees with benefits other than just a pay check. Stock options and stock purchase plans are becoming increasingly popular. Here are some of the more common employee stock options and plans, and the necessary tax reporting forms, to make tax time less stressful. Employee stock options and plans

Education Tax Credits and Deductions — Too Good to Be True?

Education Tax Credits and Deductions: Too Good to Be True? - TaxACT Blog

In the “You Got This” Weekly Series, we will answer a question from our customers found on Facebook, Twitter, TaxACT’s Blog and around the web. Question: I am a graduate student and I receive nearly full remission of tuition and fees from my university as part of my compensation for my teaching assistantship. My 1098-T shows that I “paid” […]

If Income from ESPP/ISO Shares Sold Appears on W-2, Do I Need to Adjust Basis from Form 1099-B?

Do I Need to Adjust Basis from Form 1099-B? - TaxACT Blog

In the “You Got This” Weekly Series, we will answer a question from our customers found on Facebook, Twitter, TaxACT’s Blog and around the web. Question: After entering my info into Form 1099-B, I think I’m getting double taxed on the sale of my employee stock options and ESPP shares. I haven’t adjusted the basis from what is shown […]

How to Maximize Tax Deductions and Credits

How to Maximize Tax Deductions and Credits - TaxACT Blog

Paying income taxes is the civic duty of all Americans, with the money helping to pay for national defense, highways, schools and police departments, among other things. While we’re happy to pay our fair share, no one wants to pay too much income tax. That’s where tax deductions and credits come into play. U.S. Congress […]

I Ran a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign, How Do I Need to File This for Tax Purposes?

How To Claim Crowdfunding Campaigns on Tax Return - TaxACT Blog

In the “You Got This” Weekly Series, we will answer a question from our customers found on Facebook, Twitter, TaxACT’s Blog and around the web. Question: I ran a successful crowdfunding campaign last year for a medical need (service animal) for my disabled daughter. It wouldn’t be covered by insurance. It’s a long process and we’ve paid a portion […]

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