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You Got This Weekly Series: Do I Have to Pay Capital Gains Tax on the Sale of My Home?

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Each week we will answer one of the most frequently asked questions on Facebook, Twitter and TaxACT’s Blog in the “You Got This” Weekly Series. Question: I have used TaxACT for five years and prepaid for 2013 taxes. I live on a fixed income (Social Security/Disability) and had to sell my home or it would have been foreclosed on. I did […]

Weekly Favorites: Beware These 5 Terrible Tax Surprises, and more

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TaxACT Weekly Favorites:  February 28, 2014 Beware These 5 Terrible Tax Surprises via Bankrate You’ve always followed the sage advice of the late singer-songwriter Jim Croce: You don’t tug on Superman’s cape, you don’t spit into the wind, and you don’t try to pull a fast one on the Internal Revenue Service. OK, maybe that last […]

6 Ways to Pay Your Income Tax Bill

6 Ways to Pay Your Income Tax Bill - TaxACT

If you owe taxes on your income tax return, the IRS gives you multiple payment options. 1. Automatic payment If you bank online, you can set up a payment to the IRS just like you do with other bills. If you’re filing early, you can set the payment up to be paid anytime before the […]

Can You Claim Your Parents as Dependents?

Can You Claim Your Parents as Dependents? - TaxACT

You know you can claim your kids on your tax return. What if you also support mom and dad? If you pay some or all of your parents’ expenses, you may qualify for dependency exemptions for them, just as you do for your children. Benefits of claiming your parents as dependents

You Got This Weekly Series: Can I Write-Off Dental Payments?

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Each week we will answer one of the most frequently asked questions on Facebook, Twitter and TaxACT’s Blog in the “You Got This” Weekly Series. Question: Can I use dental payments as a tax write-off and how much would I have to pay in for this to make a difference? Susie via Facebook

Most Common Tax Forms

Most Common Tax Forms - TaxACT

By the first or second week of February, you should have received informational statements from every employer you worked for last year. You should have also have received statements from places that paid you or to whom you made tax-related payments. By keeping these forms handy and grouping them by type, you can make preparing […]

Schedule C: Reporting Self-Employment Income from Multiple Sources

Schedule C: Reporting Self-Employment Income from Multiple Sources - TaxACT

How to decide if you have one or more Schedule C businesses? Self-employed individuals often have more than one activity going at once. You can report closely related activities together on one Schedule C. If you have unrelated activities, however, you must report them on separate Schedule Cs. Similar activities would include different lines of […]

You Got This Weekly Series: Will I Get a Tax Refund This Year?

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Each week we will answer one of the most frequently asked questions on Facebook, Twitter and TaxACT’s Blog in the “You Got This” Weekly Series. Question: I worked part-time all year and I also collected unemployment. I get $100 each week for unemployment and $180 each month for my part-time job. I have two dependents […]

Weekly Favorites: IRS Takes a Bite Out of U.S. Olympic Medalists’ Winnings, and more

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TaxACT Weekly Favorites:  February 14, 2014 The Pros and Cons of Tax Refunds By Kay Bell Here’s a quick look at some pros and cons of having Uncle Sam hold onto your money for months and then getting it back in a lump sum when the Internal Revenue Service gets around to it. Continue reading… Understanding […]

Tax Tips for 2014 That You Need to Know

Tax Tips for 2014 You Need to Know - TaxACT

For most people, the biggest change in 2014 is the individual mandate for purchasing health insurance. If you’re a high-income taxpayer, you may also pay higher tax rates and new taxes. If you qualify for certain tax breaks, you’ll be glad to know most of them are extended through 2014 or beyond. See if any […]

5 Capital Gains Mistakes that Could Cost You

5 Capital Gains Mistakes that Could Cost You

What you should know before you sell. If you’re thinking about selling assets, such as stock, you’d better plan ahead. A little planning now can save you lot of capital gains tax later when you file your return. Here are some mistakes to avoid and what you can do to keep from paying higher capital […]

6 First-Time Tax Filing Tips

6 First-Time Tax Filing Tips - TaxACT

The way people sometimes talk about tax return preparation, you’d think filing your tax return is the root canal of personal finance. If this is your first time filing, you may be dreading the experience. You may be in for a surprise. Preparing a tax return doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, as a […]

Tax Benefits: Education Tax Credits Mean More Money In Your Pocket

Tax Benefits: Education Tax Credits Mean More Money In Your Pocket

You can still get tax benefits for higher education expenses. If you or your family members attend or are planning to attend postsecondary school in 2013, you can count on education tax credits to help you defray the cost. American Opportunity Credit (formerly the Hope Credit) One tax benefit is not only extended, it’s also […]