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7 Ways to File Your Taxes Free

There are more ways than ever to prepare and e file your tax return at no charge Most of the major tax software providers offer free versions of their products for taxpayers who file a Form 1040EZ and some extend their free offers to taxpayers who file a Form 1040A Even if your Source
Posted On 14 Mar 2018

Smart Moves for Your 2017 Tax Return

Excited about the new tax law Well keep calm as you sit down to do your 2017 return With just a couple of exceptions neither the promising nor the threatening changes will affect the bottom line on the forms due this April If you itemized in the past you ll probably itemize again...
Posted On 14 Mar 2018

Charitable Giving Under the New Tax Law

The chance to get a deduction for their generosity often motivates charitable givers to become even more generous and write larger checks But under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act far fewer taxpayers will itemize deductions when they file their tax returns for 2018 and beyond compared...
Posted On 14 Mar 2018

Selling Stocks in a Panic Could Jack Up Your Tax Bill

A sell off in the U S stock market that began last month has continued into March as the Standard amp Poor s 500 Index fell for the fourth time in seven trading days Wednesday Amid concerns ranging from faster inflation to fears of a trade war 160 there could be more volatility Source
Posted On 14 Mar 2018

Top Tax Software Programs for Your 2017 Tax Return

But none of those changes will affect your 2017 tax return for which the old rules still apply If you ve always itemized and your tax situation hasn t changed you ll still want to itemize this year Fortunately tax software can help you identify all the tax breaks you re eligible...
Posted On 14 Mar 2018

Derailed by Tax Debt? Use These Tips to Get Back on Track

Tax season and tax refunds can be a financial lifeline for many Americans But the season can pose challenges for those who owe money to the IRS Over 18 million Americans owed taxes in September 2014 according to the most recent data from the IRS Meanwhile an estimated 10 Source
Posted On 14 Mar 2018

5 Ways to Maximize Your Charitable Giving

I ll never forget the time I stepped down from a junior board position It was a difficult decision because I supported the charity s mission Yet fundraising wasn t my area of genius and my time was better spent with family Have you ever stepped away from a meaningful cause...
Posted On 14 Mar 2018

4 Ways to Speed Up Your Tax Refund

Waiting for your tax refund can be like looking at fresh doughnuts that bakeries display in big cases behind the register They re tantalizingly close but you can t just jump over the counter and grab one you have to wait until the cashier hands it over It s a sticky blend Source
Posted On 06 Mar 2018

Why Tax Refunds Aren’t Fun Anymore

The typical advice about what people should do with their tax refunds save for retirement pay off debt ignores how little wiggle room many families have with their finances Tax refunds averaged 2 895 last year and were the largest single cash infusion received all year by 40 Source
Posted On 06 Mar 2018

Amending Old Tax Returns to Claim Overlooked Credits

An Overlooked Tax Break for Part Timers SEE ALSO 9 Tax Breaks for the Middle Class SEE ALSO 9 Tax Breaks for the Middle Class ANSWER If you qualified for the credit in previous years you can file an amended return and get back the extra money as a refund You generally have up to...
Posted On 06 Mar 2018