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.
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.
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.
Unfortunately, education isn’t free for some students.
If you’re a college student, parent, guardian or anyone paying out-of-pocket for tuition, fees, and required course materials needed for enrollment, you will receive a Form 1098-T. This tuition statement form reports all of your transactions, which means the payments you make to your school.
Generosity has its perks, or rather its tax benefits.
Keep in mind, taxpayers are able to easily itemize once they exceed their standard deduction. This typically happens by taxpayers claiming charitable donations along with any expenses they have. It then becomes greater than their standard deduction. However, the standard deduction is twice the amount for 2017.
Due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), taxpayers who itemize may face some difficulties next year.
Read on to find out what you can do to be prepared for next year!
“Bunching,” a word that people can’t stop talking about.
If you’re surfing the web for information on charitable donations, you might run into the term, “bunching.” It may be confusing, so we’re here to clear it up for you. (more…)
Let your kids treat you by giving you the tax break you deserve.
Typically, for the prior tax years, (including the tax year 2017) you can receive up to $1,000 per qualifying child for the Child Tax Credit (CTC). You may even get the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) which is a refundable credit that you may receive if your CTC exceeds the total amount of income taxes you owe. However, you need an income of at least $3,000. It phases out for taxpayers with the AGI of $75,000 or greater and $110,000 for joint filers.
The good news is that the CTC and the ACTC increases for the next tax year.