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Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit 

What is the child and dependent care tax credit?When you have young children, one of the most difficult financial burdens is paying for dependent care, but some good news is that there are some relief options when it comes time to file your taxes.

What is the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit?

The child and dependent care tax credit is available for almost anyone who has a dependent and is working.

The dependent care tax credit is different than the child tax credit, and this article is intended to help you understand how to claim the childcare tax credit.Read the rest

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What is The New IRS 1040 Form?

The new Form 1040 is different from the old one. This new draft may seem confusing, but we are going to help you understand it. Here are the five things all Americans should know about the new IRS Form 1040.

The New 1040 Form is the Size of a Postcard

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One of the main promises Donald Trump made during the 2016 presidential campaign is he wanted to change the tax code to make it simpler. He said that he wanted the average American to be able to file their taxes on something the size of a postcard.… 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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Rental Property Tax Deduction

Deciding to become a landlord can be extremely beneficial for yourental home financially. However, it also comes with a significant amount of work.

As well as the general responsibilities associated with running a rental property, you need to find tenants, pay all your expenses, and ensure you have insurance.

In personal tax terms, renting out a property can complicate the situation. There are rental property tax deductions available to help you out with running your business, though.

Different deductions are available from the IRS.… Read the rest

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What is Capital Gains Partial Exclusion for Home Sale?

There are some instances where you may not meet all the tests, but you would be eligible for a partial tax break. If you sell your home due to special or unforeseen circumstances, your tax preparer can talk to you about a capital gains partial exclusion for home sale. These instances would be such as unemployment or a change in your health.

Capital Gains Partial Exclusion for Home Sale

This figure is calculated as a fraction of the time that you would have met the two-year test. Let’s say you lost your job and sold your home after only being in it a year and three months.… Read the rest

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How Can I Get  My W2 Form Online?

Employers are obligated to send out W-2 Forms by January 31st, or the next business day if it falls on the weekend or a public holiday.

But that doesn’t mean you have to receive it by that date. This can be highly frustrating if you just want to file your taxes and get the whole process over and done with.

w2 form online

That’s why services like H&R Block’s W-2 Finder were created. You can get an electronic copy through H&R Block free of charge, so that you can get started on your taxes as early as possible.… 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 $2000 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.

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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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How to Figure Out How Much Your Tax Refund Will Be

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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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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 2022

The Internal Revenue Service has set the opening day for the 2021, 2022 filing season as Monday, Jan. 27, 2022. That’s the day the IRS will start accepting and processing 2021 tax year returns.… 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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How Do I Obtain My W-2 Form Online for Free?

obtain w2 form online

Employers are obligated to send out W-2 Forms by January 31st, or the next business day if it falls on the weekend or a public holiday.

But that doesn’t mean you have to receive it by that date. This can be highly frustrating if you just want to file your taxes and get the whole process over and done with.

That’s why services like H&R Block’s W-2 Early Access were created. You can get a copy of your W2 Form through H&R Block free of charge sent to you, so you can get started on your taxes as early as possible.… Read the rest

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What is a W-2 Form?

w2 form 2019 2020The W-2 Form is one of the most essential forms in the tax world. It details what you’ve been paid by your employer.

The first point is to remember that the W-2 form is entirely different from your W-4 form. This details any payment that has been withheld as tax by your employer. Any employer that has paid you at least $600 during the tax year must send you a W-2.

Contractors and freelancers will receive 1099s because they don’t have employers; they have clients.… Read the rest

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New Tax Credits and Deductions

Do you want to reduce your tax bill this year? You can maximize your tax savings by checking to see if you’re eligible to claim any of the new expanded tax credits.

The difference between a tax credit and a deduction is a deduction reduces your taxable income, whereas credits reduce the amount of tax you pay directly. Refundable credits are even better because they can reduce your tax bill even if the credit is worth more than you owe. Non-refundable credits are only valid up to the amount you owe.… Read the rest

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Tax Deductions For Mortgage Refinancing

mortgage interest tax deduction

The largest tax deduction most people can claim on any type of mortgage is on the interest paid on the loan.

In most cases, mortgage refinance interest is tax-deductible, which means you can take it off your taxable income for that tax year.

But there are rules that apply.

Rules for Making Tax Deductions on Mortgage Interest

First of all, the loan must be on either your primary residence or a secondary residence. If you are taking the deduction on a second residence, this can’t be a rental property.… Read the rest

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Tax Credits for New Home Construction

Are you building a new home?

There are tax breaks available for people in this situation. They come in the form of tax deductions and tax credits. A credit is used to reduce the amount you pay, and a deduction reduces your total taxable income.

Here are some of the tax write-offs available to you now.

Did You Pay Interest on a Construction Loan?

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If you took out a construction loan to build your home, then chances are you paid interest on that loan.… Read the rest

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How the Student Loan Interest Tax Deduction Works

Student loan interest can quickly add up. That’s why the Federal government introduced the student loan interest tax deduction to help ordinary students out. If you made interest rate payments on your student loans during the tax year, you can deduct up to $2,500 in interest paid.

student loan interest tax deduction

If you happen to qualify for the 22% tax rate, you have the best deal because your maximum deduction is $550. A few hundred dollars in your wallet for doing very little sounds great, so how can you make sure that you claim the maximum deduction amount available to you?… Read the rest

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The IRS Form 1040A Explained

Form 1040A is one of the forms that can be used when filing federal taxes in the US. This form is shorter than the original 1040 form; however, it is more complex than the 1040EZ form. All taxpayers can use form 1040, yet there are restrictions as to which taxpayers can use Form 1040A.

For example, you have to have a taxable income of less than $100,000; you have to take the standard deduction instead of itemizing your deductions.

Filing Status & Exemptions

When preparing this form, you have to list your exemptions and select a filing status before you start reporting your income.… 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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Where Can I Find IRS Form 1040 and Instructions?

1040 tax form

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

The new Form 1040 is now going to 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