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5 Things You Should Know About Crowdfunding and Taxes

5 Things You Should Know About Crowdfunding and Taxes - TaxAct Blog

Crowdfunding platforms, such as Kickstarter, open a whole new world in business financing, but can end up being a confusing world for tax purposes. The proceeds aren’t like sales in the traditional sense, and the people who contribute are not stockholders. So, how should you handle income from a crowdfunding project? It’s important to report […]

Understanding IRS Forms 1095-A, 1095-B and 1095-C

Understanding IRS Forms 1095-A, 1095-B and 1095-C - TaxAct Blog

Aside from Form W-2 and the usual tax documents that find their way into your mailbox during tax season, this year, you may also receive new forms related to the Affordable Care Act. But, what you are you supposed to do with them? To help clear up any confusion as you file your 2015 tax […]

How to File an Amended Tax Return with Form 1040X

How to File an Amended Income Tax Return with Form 1040X - TaxACT Blog

No matter how carefully you gather the information for your income tax return, sometimes you find something after you file that should have been included. Perhaps you remember you spent money on energy saving equipment for which you should have received a credit. Or, you received a Form 1099-MISC and forgot to enter the income […]

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 […]

Owe Too Much Tax? 4 Ways to Lower and Pay Your Tax Bill

Owe Too Much Tax? 4 Ways to Lower and Pay Your Tax Bill - TaxACT Blog

For some people, not getting a big income tax refund is a terrible disappointment. The only thing worse is having to pay even a small amount to Uncle Sam at the end of the year. When you finish your taxes and discover you owe a small amount of tax, however, you should consider that you’ve […]

Where’s My Refund? Step-by-Step Timeline of your Tax Refund

Where’s My Refund? Step-by-Step Timeline of your Tax Refund - TaxACT Blog

From the time you prepare and file your tax return, to the day you find your tax refund in your mailbox or your bank account, you’re never alone. Here is a timeline of your tax refund and where you can find help when you need it. Where’s my refund?

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 […]

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 […]

How Tax Brackets Work: Examples and Myth Busting

Tax Bracket 2014

Updated for Tax Year 2015 What tax bracket are you in, and what does that really mean? Your tax bracket, roughly speaking, is the tax rate you pay on your highest dollar of taxable income. Your tax bracket is not the tax rate you pay on all of your income after adjustments, deductions and exemptions.