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How to Know if You have Capital Gains

 

capital gainsIf you are in the process of going through your taxes, it’s time to understand your own taxes. Even if you have a tax professional doing your taxes, it’s still great to organize your files and know what you will owe.

Let’s look at how you should divide up your income and see if you have capital gains or losses to report this year.

IRS Taxable Income Types

Currently, the IRS allows you to report your income in two taxable brackets that include capital and ordinary.… Read the rest

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Understanding IRS Forms and Documents

Although it may seem tiresome, accurately filing your paperwork goes a long way to ensuring you get the correct refund from the IRS.

One of the most crucial documents involved in the tax declaration process is the IRS 1040 form. It forms the foundation of the tax process, and all US taxpayers should be familiar with the document.

1040 Tax Form

It is simple to use – there are separate sections to fill in your income and deductions, and to outline what you think you should be refunded for.… Read the rest

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H&R Block Free Tax Filing

h&r block free

H&R Block’s Free Online Tax Filing product is back to make sure taxpayers with simple tax situations are totally covered.

There are some major ways that H&R Block Free is the best option for simple returns.

Not only does H&R Block Free allow you to file Federal and State free, but it also includes more credits and deductions than their competitors and has 45 forms required for filing, more than 2x TurboTax.

People who are filing their taxes and want to claim the following tax credits are able to file with H&R Block Free, which is not the case with TurboTax.… Read the rest

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Which Home Improvements Qualify for Residential Energy Credits?

Upgrading your home to make it more energy-efficient doesn’t just help the environment. It also helps your wallet through reducing your energy costs, increasing your property’s value, and giving you money back in the form of residential energy tax credits for home improvements.

Help is at hand because you can take care of some of those upfront costs with the help of tax breaks on specific home improvement projects. Here’s what you need to know to claim the residential energy tax credit.Read the rest

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How to know if Your Medical Expenses are Tax Deductible

Did you spend a ton of money on medical expenses last year? If so, you may qualify for the medical expense tax deduction. This means you must spend more than 10% of your AGI on medical expenses (7.5% if you are older than 65) to qualify.

medical expense tax deductionMedical Expenses You Can and Cannot Deduct

You can deduct medical expenses for your spouse, dependents, and your own expenses that qualify.

You are not able to deduct reimbursed medical expenses. You can only deduct medical expenses that you paid for 100% out of pocket for.… Read the rest

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How Do I Get My W-2 Form With H&R Block Early Access?

Your W-2 Form is vital for filing your taxes accurately and quickly. Your employer is required to send you the W-2 Form by January 31st every year, or the following business day if that day happens to be either a holiday or a weekend. If sent by mail, you may have to wait.

That’s why the free W-2 Early Access feature from H&R Block is such a useful tool because it allows an electronic copy to be sent, so you’ll be able to get started with your taxes early.… Read the rest

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What is the Correct Home Sale Exclusion Amount for Married Couple?

home sold

As a married couple, you can get around some profit from being taxed. It won’t be for the full amount that typical joint filers file of $500,000, which is based on one spouse’s eligibility for capital gains home sale exclusion.

The profit or gain of the home sale will determine whether you owe or not. You can even sell your home for millions and not owe a dime to the IRS if your profit wasn’t more than the allowable amount. If all the gain is avoidable, you will not owe.… Read the rest

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How to Get an Estimate on Your Tax Refund in Five Minutes with H&R Block

H&R Block has become something of an industry disruptor with its simple service that allows you to estimate your tax refund in as little as five minutes.

With the free online tax calculator from H&R Block, you just need your approximate earnings and deductions and you’ll be able to estimate your next tax refund in just five minutes. It will also provide you with information regarding what you can expect to receive the following year.

You’ll need to answer certain questions about health insurance, marital status, age, and the number of dependents you have.… Read the rest

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Current Federal Income Tax Brackets Chart

Every year, the Federal tax brackets chart tends to change. With the new changes to the tax code, under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), it’s more important than ever to determine which Federal tax bracket you fall into. It could influence how much you pay by thousands of dollars.

Learn what the current Federal tax brackets are and how they work.

IRS Federal Income Brackets Chart

Here are the new tax brackets and rates organized by filing status:

Tax Brackets Single

Taxable Income Tax Rate
$0 – $9,875 10% of taxable income
$9,876 – $40,125 $987.50 + 12% of the amount over $9,875
$40,126 – $85,525 $4,617.50 + 22% of the amount over $40,125
$85,526 – $163,300 $14,605.50 + 24% of the amount over $85,525
$163,301 – $207,350 $33,271.50 + 32% of the amount over $163,300
$207,351 – $518,400 $47,367.50 + 35% of the amount over $207,350
$207,351 – $518,400 $156,235 + 37% of the amount over $518,400

 

Tax Brackets Married Filing Jointly or Qualifying Widow(er)

Taxable Income Tax Rate
$0 – $19,750 10% of taxable income
$19,751 – $80,250 $1,975 + 12% of the amount over $19,750
$80,251 – $171,050 $9,235 + 22% of the amount over $80,250
$171,051 – $326,600 $29,211 + 24% of the amount over $171,050
$326,601 – $414,700 $66,543 + 32% of the amount over $326,600
$414,701 – $622,050 $94,735 + 35% of the amount over $414,700
$622,051 or more $167,307.50 + 37% of the amount over $622,050

 

Tax Brackets Married Filing Separately

Taxable Income Tax Rate
$0 – $9,875 10% of taxable income
$9,876 – $40,125 $987.50 + 12% of the amount over $9,875
$40,126 – $85,525 $4,617.50 + 22% of the amount over $40,125
$85,526 – $163,300 $14,605.50 + 24% of the amount over $85,525
$163,301 – $207,350 $33,271.50 + 32% of the amount of $163,300
$207,351 – $311,025 $83,653.75 + 37% of the amount over $311,025
$311,026 or more $83,653.75 + 37% of the amount over $311,025

 

Head of Household

Taxable Income Tax Rate
$0 – $14,100 10% of taxable income
$14,101 – $53,700 $1,410 + 12% of the amount over $14,100
$53,701 – $85,500 $6,162 + 22% of the amount over $53,700
$85,501 – $163,300 $13,158 + 24% of the amount over $85,500
$163,301 – $207,350 $31,830 + 32% of the amount over $163,300
$207,351 – $518,400 $45,926 + 35% of the amount over $207,350
$518,401 or more $154,793.50 + 37% of the amount over $518,400

Try the tax bracket calculator and see what your tax bracket will be.Try the Free Tax Brackets Calculator

Knowing which tax bracket you are in can help you make better financial decisions.… Read the rest

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What is the IRS Mileage Rate Tax Deduction?

Under current IRS rules, you can deduct a certain amount in mileage rates if you are using your vehicle for business reasons. Every year, the IRS publishes a list of the current standard mileage rates and the amount you can deduct on your taxes.

Let’s look at the standard mileage reimbursement rate and the types of mileage that are tax-deductible.

How Much is the Current Standard Mileage Rate?

current standard mileage rate

The current standard mileage rate is calculated through an annual study of businesses, where the fixed and variable costs of operating a vehicle for business is calculated.… Read the rest

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Earned Income Tax Credit & Credit Table

Although an incredible number of families currently claim this valuable tax break, the IRS says many more qualify for this refundable tax credit yet neglect to take advantage of it.

Check out the earned income credit table and see how much you qualify for.

The guidelines for (EIC) Earned Income Credit Table were recently increased; therefore, many more families meet the requirements and can claim the earned income credit. Take a couple of minutes to ensure you don’t pass up a credit that might provide you with a bigger refund check.

How Much are the EIC, Earned Income Credit Table Amounts for 2020, 2021?

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Who Can Qualify for The Earned Income Credit?

The Earned Income Tax Credit (or “EITC” for short) is an excellent option for low-income families and individual filers to utilize for a larger return and overall cash back from the government when you file your taxes. While fairly straight-forward to understand, many tax filers do no understand how the EITC works, and if they qualify. It’s estimated that nearly 1/5 qualified applicants don’t use the credit.

who can qualify for the earned income credit?

This article will help you understand the basics of the earned income credit, and will also help you determine if you can claim the Earned Income Credit and if you qualify.… Read the rest

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New H&R Block Tax Software Features Available

There are several new additions to the H&R Block software being released this year, including the “drag and drop” feature to easily import relevant tax information into the software from a range of sources.

What New Features Are Available With H&R Block?

This coming tax year, taxpayers are going to have the option of using the “drag and drop” feature. Users will be able to use this new feature to import their tax returns from the previous year into H&R Block.… Read the rest

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Federal Tax Deductions for Home Renovation

Tax Deductions for Home RenovationThere are many strategies to use house remodeling and upgrades to reduce your taxes.

Remodeling of your house is not usually a cost that can be deducted from your federal income taxes. However, there are many techniques that you can utilize for home remodeling and upgrades to decrease your taxes. This includes both tax breaks and tax incentives for remodeling and enhancements made to your house, either when you bought the home or after.

Making Use of Your Mortgage to Make Property Upgrades

A good way to reduce the expenses of home remodeling would be to make the upgrades to the residence when it is purchased.… Read the rest

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New Tax Refund and Reform Calculator at H&R Block Online

The major tax law changes implemented and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has a lot of people worried about what it could mean for their taxes. People have a lot of questions, but we can help prepare you for the things that lie ahead.

tax refund reform calculator

To provide a range of useful tools to their clients, H&R Block has unveiled a brand new feature to help taxpayers understand the impact of the recent tax reform.

You’ll be able to find out your new tax liability.… Read the rest

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How to Get a Fast Tax Refund Date

A tax refund can go a long way in changing the life of its receiver, whether it is saving or paying debts. In fact, last year, the total tax refund amount was approximately $2800 for almost 75% of taxpayers receiving a tax refund. So, how to do you get your tax refund faster?

The recommended way is to efile and use direct deposit to get the fastest tax refund.

tax refund dateDuring the last tax season, 58% of taxpayers received their tax refunds through this method.… Read the rest

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The Child Tax Credit & Additional Child Tax Credit

One of the most beneficial and popular federal tax credits is the Child Tax Credit. This is a nonrefundable tax credit, and it’s worth up to $2,000 per qualifying child.

Who is Considered a Qualifying Child?

child tax credit additionalThe IRS considers a qualifying child to be a child that meets all of the criteria below:

  • Under the age of 17 at the end of the year
  • Has resided with you for more than half of the year
  • Is your dependent on your federal taxes
  • Is a US citizen and has a valid SSN
  • Is a relative such as your child, sibling, stepchild, stepsibling, foster child, legally adopted child, or a descendant from any of the previously mentioned individuals.
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Home Energy Tax Credits

Tax season is going to be here before you know it. Therefore, now is the time to make sure that you have made all of the energy-efficient upgrades to your home.

By having an energy efficient home, you will save money on your bills and pay less money in taxes. Learn how you claim home energy tax credits if you qualify.

Non-Business Energy Property Credit

home energy tax creditsYou can get a 10% credit for your energy efficient improvements. Things that fall under this category include:

  • Water heaters
  • Electric heat pumps
  • Central air conditioners
  • Natural gas, propane, or oil water heaters
  • Qualified oil furnaces
  • Qualified oil hot water boilers
  • Some air circulating fans
  • Insulation that reduced heat loss or gains
  • Exterior windows, skylights or doors
  • Storm windows and doors
  • Solar panels
  • Metal and asphalt roofs that reduce heat loss or gain

Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit

This energy tax credit will allow you to have a 30% credit for the alternative energy equipment that you have had installed.… Read the rest

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How to Figure Out How Much Your Tax Refund Will Be

figure how much is my tax refund?

Are you trying to figure out how much your tax refund will be from the IRS this coming season?

While there’s a few ways to tell, you can get a pretty accurate estimate by using an online tax refund calculator.

By getting a rough idea of the size of your tax refund, you can start making plans as to how you’ll spend that tax refund.

Where to Find a Tax Refund Calculator

Major tax preparation services all offer a tax refund calculator so you can estimate how much your tax refund will be.Read the rest

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IRS Tax Forms You May Need to File

If you are planning to paper file, you should know that the IRS no longer sends your paper tax packages in the mail.

1040 tax form

If you file your taxes with H&R Block Online, you will find that it is super easy when it comes to getting the right tax form.

This is because the online tax software automatically selects the form that is the best fit for your unique tax situation.

Alternatively, you can order the forms and have them sent to you in the mail by calling the IRS, 1-800-TAX-FORM.… Read the rest

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Tax Credits for Solar Energy

One of the most valuable tax credits available to homes and businesses is the solar energy tax credit. It’s a tax credit that applies to solar-powered hot water and panel systems. It’s worth up to 30% of the total cost of purchase and installation.

At the end of the year 2015, Congress extended this credit for four years. That means it’s currently possible for you to claim the solar tax credit until the end of 2019 in its current form. It will gradually phase out until 2022 when homeowners can no longer claim it, and it’s only worth 10% to businesses.… Read the rest

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What is EIC/EITC and Who Qualifies?

The EIC/EITC is known as the Earned Income Tax Credit. This tax credit is available for those who have a low or moderate-income.

EIC, Earned Income Tax CreditThe amount that you receive for this credit is determined based on the filing status you use and your salary for the year.

Those who qualify pay less in federal taxes and can claim the earned income credit when they file their tax returns.

Basic Requirements to Be Eligible

  • You have to have a qualifying child, and they must have a social security number
  • You cannot file married or file separately
  • Your investment income should be no higher than $3,600
  • You have to be a U.S.
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