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How to File your First Tax Return

Posted by Michelle O'Brien on November 13, 2015
Last modified: November 2, 2016

Filing your first tax return is a bit like doing your laundry.

You don’t want to do it. You’d prefer someone just did it for you. But if you don’t do it, you know there will be consequences. 

Unlike laundry, you’ll need to do a bit more sorting, as in sorting through of all those tax forms. And unlike laundry, you really should know the basics before you start. Don’t worry though: you’ll get through it and probably even get a refund afterwards.

 

Find out if you are being claimed as a dependent!

The first thing you should do is talk to your parents. Since they’ve been claiming you as a dependent since before you could even utter the words, ‘tax return’, make sure they know you are planning on filing for yourself to avoid being rejected by the IRS. Each and every person is allowed to claim a personal exemption for themselves or their dependent. However, only one exemption can be claimed per person.

Here’s a classic scenario:

Abby was just hired as a barista at that awesome new cafe downtown. She makes a decent income and her co-worker mentions that she could probably cash in on a nice refund come tax time. Being that Abby is only 17 and earning less than the threshold allotted by the IRS, her parents can still claim her as a dependent on their return. If Abby files a tax return and claims the personal exemption for herself, not noting that she is being claimed as a dependent, and then her parents claim the personal exemption for Abby on their return, the IRS will reject the last tax return submitted.

 

Do you know the age requirements to be claimed as a dependent?

Although your age doesn’t specifically determine if you need to file a tax return, it is a key player in whether or not you can be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s taxes. When it comes to age, you can only be claimed as a qualifying child dependent if one of the following is true: (more…)

How to Pay Estimated Tax

Posted by admin on September 17, 2012
Last modified: December 20, 2016

The self-employed must make estimated tax payments to the IRS at least four times a year

If you’re an employee who earns all of his income in wages or salary, and gets a paycheck with taxes withheld, you can stop reading right now. Tax payments are already made on your behalf and you don’t need to worry about paying estimated taxes.

But if you’re self-employed, or receive any other unorthodox income, read on. You will almost certainly need to know about estimated tax.

Estimated tax is how you pay tax on income that is not subject to withholding. This includes income from self-employment, interest, dividends, rents, alimony, etc. In addition, you may also need to make estimated tax payments if you do not elect to have taxes taken out of your unemployment compensation or taxable social security payments.

Do I have to file estimated tax?

To get down to the nitty-gritty, the IRS requires you to pay estimated tax if you meet both of the following conditions: (more…)