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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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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
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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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How to File Your 2019 Taxes

Posted by Manisha Hansraj on January 13, 2020
Last modified: June 24, 2020
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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.

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Tax Deductions: Choosing to Itemize or Claiming the Standard Deduction

Posted by Manisha Hansraj on January 3, 2020
Last modified: January 3, 2020

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.

  1. Itemize deductions. Add up all of your allowable expenses and subtract them from your income.
  2. 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.

The Standard Deduction

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10 Reasons to File Your Prior Year Tax Return Now

Posted by Manisha Hansraj on December 3, 2019
Last modified: December 5, 2019
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It’s not too late to file your taxes.

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.

2. The IRS can hold your current year refund

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