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How to Reduce Your Property Tax Bill

Start by making sure you re taking advantage of all the property tax breaks available to you Many jurisdictions will exclude a portion of a home s value from property taxes if you re a senior or a veteran or if you re disabled In Florida all homeowners are eligible for a...
Posted On 10 Apr 2017

Tax Tips for Procrastinators

About a fourth of taxpayers wait until two weeks before the deadline to file their tax returns These last minute filers typically fall into two categories Either they owe the IRS money which removes any incentive to file early or they re procrastinators who would rather wash a...
Posted On 10 Apr 2017

Can You Tell If These Tax Deductions Are Legit?

Take a look at these frequently asked tax questions from our readers See if you can separate the legitimate deductions from the ones that would trigger a no from the IRS Take a look at these frequently asked tax questions from our readers See if you can separate the legitimate...
Posted On 10 Apr 2017

6 Late-Filing Tax Mistakes You Need to Avoid

Filing an income tax return after the annual April deadline usually isn’t the end of the world, but there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it. Here are some common mistakes to avoid if  you’re filing taxes late . 1. Doing nothing in April If you plan to file your tax return...
Posted On 07 Apr 2017

Does the IRS Owe You Money?

SEE ALSO 10 Smart Uses for Your Tax Refund SEE ALSO 10 Smart Uses for Your Tax Refund ANSWER The IRS recently reported that it has more than 1 billion in unclaimed federal income tax refunds for about 1 million taxpayers who didn t file a 2013 federal income tax return with a...
Posted On 07 Apr 2017

Why You Dont Want a Big Tax Refund

By Lyall Friedline With tax season upon us, it may be time to revisit and review your W-4 . The form, which you are asked to fill out upon starting a new job, provides your employer with the information they need to withhold taxes from your paycheck. If the form is incorrectly...
Posted On 06 Apr 2017

Lottery Winnings: Take the Lump Sum or Annuity?

By Robert Pagliarini, CFP®, EA, MSFS, CSSC Winning the lottery is an amazing thing. Congratulations, if you have won. And as you’ve probably realized, nothing could have prepared you for the rush of emotions and adrenaline. Winning a large lottery has to be one of the most...
Posted On 04 Apr 2017

10 Smart Uses for Your Tax Refund

If you have a refund check coming your way consider using it to bolster your personal balance sheet The average refund is usually around 3 000 and most people receive the money within three weeks of filing their returns That s a nice chunk of change Here are ten good things Source
Posted On 03 Apr 2017

How to File an Amended Return to Claim an Education Tax Break

SEE ALSO 17 Amazing Tax Deductions and Breaks SEE ALSO 17 Amazing Tax Deductions and Breaks ANSWER Yes You generally have until three years after the deadline for filing your original federal tax return to file an amended return if you missed a tax break or need to make other...
Posted On 31 Mar 2017

Is Your Office at Home? Heres How To Deduct Renters Insurance From Your Taxes

If your home is also the main office for your job, you save handsomely on office rent and the commute from home is a breeze. You may also be able to deduct a host of expenses for the space in which you work, including the  cost of renters’ insurance  for the home or apartment in...
Posted On 31 Mar 2017