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Our Top Ten Most Read Blog Posts of 2013

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From the very first post in 2013 (The Difference Between Form 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ) to the most recent (Persisting Myths About Health Care Reform), the TaxACT blog has touched a wide variety of topics. Though with varying topics, they all point back to one consistent theme; providing personal finance and tax tips you can actually […]

IRS Accepting 2013 Returns Beginning January 31, 2014

IRS Accepting 2013 Returns Beginning January 31, 2014 - TaxACT

The IRS announced they will begin processing individual income tax returns starting on January 31, 2014. That doesn’t mean you need to wait. TaxACT is now accepting e-filed tax returns! Here are 4 tips for getting your guaranteed max refund fast with TaxACT:

10 Year-End Tax Tips to Maximize Your 2013 Refund

10 Year End Tax Tips - TaxACT

Although the year is winding down, there’s still time to maximize your 2013 refund. Here are 10 tips for saving more on your taxes before December 31: 10. Drain your Flexible Spending Account (FSA). If you still have money left in your FSA, don’t let it go to waste. Check with your employer to verify […]

4 Tax Planning Strategies for College Students

4 Tax Planning Strategies for College Students - TaxACT

Start your tax planning early! As a busy college student, it’s easy to put off thinking about taxes until it’s time to file. That could cost you, however. You can only do so much about lowering your tax bill when you’re preparing your return. To make sure you’re not paying more tax than you should, be […]

5 Quick and Easy Budgeting Tips to Finance Your Lower Paycheck

5 Quick and Easy Budgeting Tips to Finance Your Lower Paycheck - TaxACT

Elimination of the payroll tax credit that went into effect on January 1, 2013 has more than likely affected your take-home pay. For most Americans, it’s to the tune of about 2%. The payroll tax credit for 2011 and 2012 effectively replaced the Making Work Pay Credit that expired in 2010. If you don’t think […]

Gift Tax: The Tax Implications of Supporting Adult Children

Gift Tax: The Tax Implications of Supporting Adult Children - TaxACT

Do you currently have your adult child(ren) living under your roof? If you support your adult children, or even give them a helping hand now and then, you’re not alone. In today’s tough job market, getting a good career started can take a little longer than planned. The last thing you need when you’re trying […]

6 Little-Known Ways to Pay Fewer Taxes

6 Little-Known Ways to Pay Fewer Taxes - TaxACT

You probably keep track of your itemized deductions, including mortgage interest and charity deductions. You may get a credit for childcare expenses, or take advantage of any of a number of common tax breaks. The tax code is complex, and there’s bound to be something that can lower your tax bill. What could you be […]

Renting vs Buying a Home

Renting vs Buying a Home - TaxACT

It used to be the American Dream wasn’t quite complete unless it included a small piece of land with a house they could call home. Part of retirement planning was to pay off that home and live in it in their old age. Times have changed! Today’s society is more mobile. We buy and sell […]

What the Capital Gains Tax Hike Means For You

What the Capital Gains Tax Hike Means For You - TaxACT

Are you thinking about selling a capital asset at a gain in 2013? A 5% difference in tax rates makes a huge difference in your after-tax rate of return on an investment. That’s how much your capital gains rate may go up in 2013. The highest rate on capital gains is now 20% – up […]

Not Having a Last Will: The Big Mistake Most Americans Make

Not having a Last Will The big mistake most Americans make

Do you have a last will and testament? Despite being told the importance of having a last will, more than half of all Americans die without one. Making a will is not usually difficult, and it can cost less than many people spend on their cable bill for one month. So why don’t more people […]

Affordable Care Act 2014 Premium Tax Credit and Penalties

Affordable Care Act 2014 Premium Tax Credit and Penalties - TaxACT

Can provisions of the Affordable Care Act help you pay for health insurance coverage? Yes! Starting January 1, 2014, you are generally required to have adequate health insurance or pay a penalty. The good news is that if your income is within certain limits, you may qualify for an advanced premium tax credit to help […]

4 Tax Tips For Newlyweds

4 Tax Tips For Newlyweds - TaxACT

Have you recently gotten married? Getting married changes everything – your tax filing status, how much tax you pay, and more. Utilize these tax tips for getting started off right in your married life. Use the right filing status As a married person living with your spouse, you only have two choices of tax filing […]

5 Year-End Tax Planning Tips for Self-Employed

5 Year-End Tax Planning Tips for Self-Employed - TaxACT

As a self-employed person, you have more control over your eventual tax liability than someone who only earns income as an employee. To take full advantage of that extra control, follow these 5 year-end tax planning tips: 1. Estimate your business income It’s absolutely essential that you find out where you stand tax-wise – before […]