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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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H&R Block Free Tax Filing

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

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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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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 Are H&R Block Tax Preparation and Filing Prices?

Preparing and filing your taxes can be stressful and intimidating. There are lots of different companies that can help you with the process.

H&R Block tax filing pricesH&R Block is one such tax company that provides you with all the tools and services necessary to help you file your taxes on your own.

But what about the cost of filing your taxes?

How Much Does H&R Block Cost?

Doing your taxes yourself will save you money in most instances.

For example, H&R Block allows its clients to complete their own taxes online and offers a 35% discount for doing so.… Read the rest

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What is Capital Gains Tax on Your Home Sale?

What is the capital gains tax rate on homes and real estate?Are you wondering if you’ll have to pay capital gains tax on your home sale?

What many people do not know is that a large portion of homeowners who sell their homes can avoid capital gains tax on their home sale.

How Much is Capital Gains Tax on the Sale of a Home?

When selling your primary home, you can make up to $250,000 in profit or double that if you are married, and you won’t owe anything for capital gains.… Read the rest

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Federal Remodel Incentive Programs and Tax Relief Options

Federal home remodel incentives

Do you want to get a refund the next time you remodel your home?

There is a variety of different local, state, and Federal remodel incentive programs that can help you improve the value of your home.

There is also a range of tax relief options and low-interest loans you can take advantage of, but many of them are difficult to find.

What are the Basic Requirements?

The programs offered by the government are limited to things that increase the value of your home.… Read the rest

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What Happens if I Cash Out My 401K?

Planning for your retirement is essential. Most people receive a retirement benefit and advice when they join a large company, but even the most stable working conditions can change. Unexpected costs can tempt you to put your retirement savings on hold in favor of access to quick cash.

401 K retirement planCashing out of your 401k is an incredibly risky choice that should only be made under extreme circumstances.

Whether you’re approaching retirement or simply changing jobs, you have probably considered cashing out your 401(k).… Read the rest

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What You Need to Know about the New Child Tax Credit

The original child tax credit, known as the CTC, was first introduced back in 1997, before becoming available to claim in 1998. In the beginning, this was a simple nonrefundable credit for $400, which applied to each qualifying child if they were under the age of 17.

child tax credit

There have been many changes over the last 20 years, with qualifying children being worth a tax credit of $1000 per child. This was refundable for taxpayers who had at least $3,000 of earned income.… Read the rest

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How to File Taxes With H&R Block for Free

There are so many free tax filing services online today. The problem is choosing the right one. Not every free tax filing service offers the features and the standard of service you would expect.

H&R Block free tax filing

You require accuracy in your tax returns, and you need to make sure you’re going to receive the biggest refund possible. Even small mistakes can cost you big time in late filing fees, audits, and the refund you receive.

You need to know what you’re getting from a free online tax filing service.… Read the rest

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When Can You File Taxes in 2021?

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2020 is coming to an end, and you may be wondering when can you file taxes in 2021?

While you may be looking forward to the holiday season, keep in mind, soon after it ends, tax season officially kicks off.

So, When Does Tax Season Start in 2021?

The Internal Revenue Service has set the opening day for the 2021 filing season as Monday, Jan. 27, 2021. That’s the day the IRS will start accepting and processing 2020 tax year returns.… Read the rest

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