Solutions to Make Better Decisions with Your Taxes and Money

3 Ways to Avoid a Gift Tax

If you give away generous sums of money to a friend or family member, you may be required to pay a gift tax to the IRS.  However, with a little planning, you can afford to be quite generous before you have to break out Form 709 to report the amount and be on the line […]

Understanding the Difference between Itemized Deductions and the Standard Deduction

Itemized and standard deductions can be confusing – especially if you are relatively new to filing a tax return. Some people try to itemize when they are better off using the standard deduction. On the other hand, some taxpayers avoid itemizing because it seems too difficult — even when itemizing deductions could save them money. […]

5 Things You Should Know About Crowdfunding and Taxes

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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 […]