The IRS has approved an economic stimulus package due to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
A $2 trillion economic plan was passed by the Senate to combat the affects of COVID-19 on Americans. This stimulus plan includes payments to individuals, the self-employed, unemployment coverage, and more.
Here are some common questions about the coronavirus stimulus checks.
The 2020 tax season starts on January 27, 2020. January kicks off the new year and with a new year, comes a new tax season. Get a fresh start by finding out the new tax changes for your 2019 tax return.
Additionally, check out some tax reminders below.
Tax dates to remember
It’s important to set a reminder whether it’s your phone or calendar.
Trying to understand anything tax related makes you feel like you’re back in grade school.
However, it doesn’t have to be difficult. Here’s some sure-fire information that may help you out if you’re a first time filer, or if you have some general questions about claiming tax deductions.
What’s the difference between claiming the standard deduction and itemizing deductions?
In general terms, a tax deduction is a certain amount you are allowed to exclude from your income. This means that you are taxed on a lower amount of income, and thus pay less in taxes.
While not as valuable as tax credits – which directly decrease your tax liability – deductions can still reduce your tax burden significantly.
There are two ways to claim deductions.
Itemize deductions. Add up all of your allowable expenses and subtract them from your income.
Claim the standard deduction. Deduct the basic amount available to everyone.
While preparing your taxes you need to figure out whether you get a bigger tax break from itemizing your deductions or claiming the standard deduction. Most people end up claiming the standard deduction, but some people have enough allowable expenses to make it worth their while to itemize deductions.
Life is never put on hold, even for tax season. Before you know it, the April and even October deadline fly right by. Then, you forget to file it next tax season and then the season after that.
However, although the deadlines go by, you should still file your prior year tax return. Here are some reasons why.
1. You’re getting a refund
One of the most important things to remember is that the IRS does not wait for anyone. According to the IRS, you have a three-year statute of limitations for refunds; meaning you can only claim tax refunds going back three tax years within the original April due date.
For example, if you want to claim a 2016 tax refund, your last chance to claim it is April 15, 2020. This means you must file by that date to get your refund. Therefore, any tax years going back from 2016 cannot be claimed.
Check out our helpful tax calculators to determine your refund for relevant tax years.
With the year ending soon, another tax season is on the way. If you’re stuck trying to figure out what the next steps are for the missed 2018 tax deadline, keep reading.
Can you still e-file your 2018 tax return?
Although April 15, 2019, was the original tax deadline, you can still e-file your tax return until October 15, 2019. After this date, you will be required to paper-file your tax return. This means that you must to print, sign, and mail your tax return to the IRS and your state department of revenue.
Believe it or not, the 2020 tax season begins January 27, 2020. The worst feeling is scrambling last-minute to find your tax documents. Why not put your mind at ease by going over information you need to know to file your 2019 taxes?
Here are the tax changes you need to be prepared for next year.
With life, situations change and they come with certain tax implications.
One year makes a difference. From getting married, transitioning into a new job to having your own bundle of joy, your tax situation changes as well.
Here are some examples.
1. Tying the knot
Getting married is a big step in everyone’s lives. Along with getting married, you now are able to file jointly which should lower your tax rate. For the 2018 tax year, your standard deduction is now $24,000. With that in mind, don’t forget to update your allowances (Form W-4) at your job. Read the rest of this entry »
Did you miss the tax deadline for your 2017 taxes?
Although you’re late, you can still file your late 2017 taxes. However, you won’t be able to e-file your tax return.
Dates to remember
The 2018 tax season ran from January 29, 2018, to October 15, 2018. The official tax deadline was April 17, 2018, due to April 15 falling on a weekend and Emancipation Day following after. The e-file and extension deadline was October 15, 2018; therefore, you are now required to mail your return to the IRS.
Set an alarm on your phone, write on your notepad or put an “x” on your calendar.
Like most taxpayers, you may be rushing to claim your prior year refunds. If you remember that you have a 2016 refund waiting for you, you’re not too late.
Read below to find out if you can still claim your refund.
Can I still claim my refund?
Luckily, because of the IRS Statute of Limitations for prior year refunds. You have three years from the original tax deadline of your return to claim your refund. Otherwise, your refund expires and goes straight to the IRS. That being said, the original tax deadline for 2016 taxes was April 18, 2017, due to April 15th falling on the weekend and Emancipation Day right after.