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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 […]

Our Top Ten Most Read Blog Posts of 2013

Top Ten Post

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 […]