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Where Can I Find IRS Form 1040 and Instructions?

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IRS Form 1040 is the basic tax form many Americans will use. However, it also recently received an overhaul.

The new Form 1040 will now be the size of a postcard with 1040EZ and 1040-A removed from circulation entirely. However, there are a variety of new schedules, so you need to be aware that you don’t need to give less information; they’ve just been moved to other forms.

So, let’s look at where you can find IRS Form 1040 and instructions.Read the rest

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How Much Do You Get Back in Taxes for a Child?

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The entire tax code was reformed under President Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The TCJA has changed many things about the Child Tax Credit. These new rules apply to the new tax season.

How Much do I Get Back for a Child?

Under the TCJA, the Child Tax Credit saw a substantial increase to $2,000 per qualifying child. Up to $1,400 of this amount is refundable, depending on your income. This has doubled the previous amount, and the Child Tax Credit was previously only refundable if you were also claiming the Additional Child Tax Credit.Read the rest

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What is the Standard Deduction and When Should You Take It?

The standard deduction is a mechanism that reduces the amount of income that’s eligible for tax. For the current tax year, the standard deduction is worth $12,000 for single taxpayers and $24,000 for married taxpayers filing jointly. If you’re filing as the head of household, it’s worth $18,000.

How Does the Standard Deduction Work?

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You can claim the standard deduction even if you don’t qualify for any other tax credits or deductions. Every taxpayer is entitled to it, no questions asked.… 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 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 tax breaks and 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

An excellent way to reduce home remodeling expenses would be to make the upgrades to the residence when it is purchased.… 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?

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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