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Category: Tax Tips and Tricks

Taxes are confusing and cause many taxpayers stress come tax season but PriorTax is here to help. Learn the tax tips and tricks to get you through the preparation process. You could be missing out on more money from the IRS which is why we want to help. We’ll let you know about hidden deductions and rare credits to report on your tax return to maximize your refund. Don’t hesitate to leave a comment on our blog if you have a question about your tax situation. Also, check back here for new tips and tricks throughout the tax season because our team is on the lookout!

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What’s New for the 2020 Tax Year?

Posted by Manisha Hansraj on January 15, 2021
Last modified: January 18, 2021
2020 tax year

Here’s the breakdown of all the changes.

Standard deduction

For the 2020 tax year, the standard deduction amounts have increased. Here are the amounts below.

  • Single or Married filing separately – $12,400
  • Married filing jointly and Qualifying widow(er) – $24,800
  • Head of Household – $18,650

For taxpayers who are blind or at least 65 years old, they can claim an additional standard deduction. The standard deduction is $1,300 and $1,650 for the single or head of household filing status.

Taxpayers who are both blind and of eligible age receive a doubled additional standard deduction.

Recovery Rebate Credit (Stimulus Payment)

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Understanding Joe Biden’s Tax Plan

Posted by Manisha Hansraj on December 18, 2020
Last modified: December 18, 2020
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Many Americans want to know how our future president’s tax plan will affect them.

Biden’s tax plan will affect wealthier Americans, corporations, and everyday individual taxpayers. He also plans on making significant tax revisions on Trump’s previous tax plan which took place in 2017.

Skip the tax jargon by taking a look at this quick breakdown.

Key Changes

Here are the major findings in Biden’s tax plan.

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How to Fill Out the 2021 W-4 Form

Posted by Manisha Hansraj on October 29, 2020
Last modified: October 29, 2020
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The W-4 form has been revamped by the IRS.

The IRS’ goal is to simplify the W-4 form to reflect a transparent withholding system. The 2021 W-4 form is still in it’s draft stages, but will most likely reflect the 2020 W-4.

Although the 2020 and 2021 W-4 forms appear different from previous forms, we’re here to break down the changes for you.

Say good-bye to allowances

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Did you Miss the 2019 Tax Deadline?

Posted by Manisha Hansraj on October 23, 2020
Last modified: October 23, 2020
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Rushing to file your tax return at the last minute?

We get it. Life is busy, especially when working from home with family or if you have other priorities. If filing your taxes has slipped your mind, we’re here to help.

The good news is, you can still file. Here’s what you need to know.

Important Tax Dates

If you missed the 2019 tax deadline, the following tax dates are important.

  • July 15, 2020 – The final day to file and pay the taxes you owe to the IRS without accumulating penalties. It is also the last day to file a request of a filing extension.
  • October 15, 2020 – The last day to e-file all returns and the extension deadline.

What if I owe to the IRS?

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Prepare for Tax Year 2020

Posted by Manisha Hansraj on September 11, 2020
Last modified: September 11, 2020
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The IRS already announced the inflation adjustments for next year.

Although the e-file and extension deadline is in a month, the year is almost gone. 2020 has been more than a roller coaster ride, and the next tax season is only a few months away.

Many taxpayers may wonder how their stimulus payments affect your 2020 taxes, if they’re in the same tax bracket, and changes for the 2021 tax season. Keep on reading to find out.

How stimulus payments will affect your tax return

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When does the additional $300 unemployment benefit begin?

Posted by Manisha Hansraj on August 25, 2020
Last modified: August 25, 2020
$300 unemployment benefit

Jobless Americans are worrying about their unemployment benefits.

Since the extra $600 weekly benefit disappeared, their income is significantly less. Those who are out of work depend on their unemployment income to pay their bills.

Recently, President Donald Trump issued a measure for $400 per week to aid Americans.

However, instead, it’s an additional $300 unemployment benefit. States should provide the extra $100, but it’s up to them to distribute this.

Eligibility

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How do I fix a stimulus rejection code for my tax return?

Posted by Manisha Hansraj on July 28, 2020
Last modified: October 22, 2020
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Many taxpayers are confused as to why the IRS is rejecting their 2019 tax returns when they haven’t filed as yet.

There’s a reason for this, and you may be caught off guard if it happens to you.

Did you use the IRS’ Non-Filers Tool?

There are two tools, the Get My Payment Tool and the Non-Filers Tool.

With the IRS system in place for stimulus payments, the only individuals targeted to use the Non-Filers tool had to have social security benefits or did not have any requirement to file a 2019 tax return. Typically, these taxpayers are retired individuals.

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Economic Stimulus Payments: The Get My Payment Tool vs Non-Filers Tool

Posted by Manisha Hansraj on June 4, 2020
Last modified: June 12, 2020
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There has been a lot of confusion regarding economic stimulus payments.

Many are wondering which tool to choose when they go to the IRS website to track their stimulus payment. There are two tools, the Get My Payment Tool and the Non-Filers Tool. Both tools have different requirements.

Which tool do I use?

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How does the Coronavirus Stimulus Check Work? (FAQ’s)

Posted by Manisha Hansraj on April 7, 2020
Last modified: April 15, 2020
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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.

Do I have to apply for the stimulus check?

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The IRS Extends the Tax Deadline Due to the Coronavirus

Posted by Manisha Hansraj on March 20, 2020
Last modified: March 23, 2020

Amid all the chaos of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, many taxpayers and lawmakers advocated for an extended tax deadline.

Fortunately, the IRS has extended both the filing and payment deadlines. The extended tax deadline is good news for taxpayers who owe the IRS.

Not only do they get extra months to file, they get extra months to pay. It’s one less of a headache during this hectic time.

When is the new extended tax deadline?

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