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.
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.
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.
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. (more…)
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.
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…)
Refunds come and go when it comes to taxes. Luckily, for you, you can still claim the 2015 refund that you’ve been delaying. Just remember, you have three years within the original due date of your 2015 tax return to claim your refund.
This is due to the IRS Statute of Limitations, which limits taxpayers in claiming a prior year refund. After the three year deadline, your refund expires and goes to the IRS.
In the worst case scenario, the IRS rejects your tax return.
Someone else claimed my dependent. What should I do? Luckily, the IRS gives you options in case you’re stuck in this situation.
Unfortunately, the IRS cannot disclose who claimed your dependent. Typically it’s either the other parent, their child claimed themselves as an exemption on their individual tax return, another member of the household such as the grandparent, or any other person that lived with the child for a portion of the year.
What you need to do.
If you’re filing a current year return, you may receive a rejection due to your dependent’s social security number. In this case, you should double-check that you reported their SSN correctly.
If it is reported correctly, you will need to paper file your return; meaning you must print, sign and mail your return to the IRS. You cannot e-file it since the IRS will reject it again.
You may receive a CP87A Notice which notifies each party that if they incorrectly claimed the dependent, they need to file an amended tax form. If you can rightfully claim the dependent, you do not need to respond to this notice. In order to dispute the claim of your dependent, you will need to attach a cover letter(more…)