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Gary Tuttle

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Gary's extensive professional background varies from small business owner to school administrator. Most recently, he has been involved in taxes, first as a certified preparer, and later as a tax software developer. He is currently licensed to practice before the IRS, volunteers as an instructor for AARP's Tax-Aide program, and has his own tax practice.
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How to Choose a Certified Tax Preparer – Scams to Avoid

If you shy away from doing your own taxes, you're not alone. According to IRS statistics for the 2017 filing season (2016 returns), 58.5% of Americans who e-filed hired tax professionals to prepare their returns....
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8 Ways to Pay Less in Taxes and Save Money

Wouldn't you like to lighten your tax load? I can't imagine anyone who would not relish that chance. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to cut your taxes, or increase the amount...
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5 Financial Moves to Make Before the End of the Tax Year

During the holiday season, we want to enjoy the festive atmosphere and spend time with family and friends. We don't want to be reminded of the possible tax bill that may be lurking around...
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5 Tax Deductions for Self-Employed Freelancers & Small Business Owners

Starting a new business is a serious challenge, with many things demanding a new business owner's attention. There are lots of expenses associated with the start-up and day-to-day operation of a business. Fortunately, from...

IRS Home Office Tax Deduction – Rules & Calculator

If you are a small business owner, an independent contractor, or someone who maintains an office at home for the convenience of your employer, you may qualify for a tax break by using the...

5 Different Types of Taxes and How to Minimize Them

Income tax may be uppermost in your mind at the beginning of the year, but it's not the only tax you're required to pay. In fact, Americans are on the hook for several different...
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IRS Schedule C Tax Deductions & Expenses for Small Business Owners

Running a small business puts serious demands on your time, energy, creativity, and talent. Knowing where you are financially is a critical component. Whether you are a freelancer, independent contractor, or have a side...
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Tax Filing Deadline, Refund Delays, and Due Diligence

The tax filing deadline for personal taxes is ordinarily April 15th of the year following the tax year. If the fifteenth falls on a weekend, taxes are due on the first working day thereafter, ordinarily...
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Taxes on Government Benefits – Unemployment, Social Security, Disability & More

Many government benefits are garnered tax free by the recipient. But that is not the case for all of them. Several of the most common government benefits claimed by many Americans - unemployment, Social...
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Tax Deductions for Charitable Contributions & Donations

Generally speaking, Americans are a generous lot. According to Giving USA, gifts to U.S. charities amounted to $390.05 billion in 2016. Perhaps one motivation for being generous is that qualified charitable contributions are deductible on...
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How to Pay Federal Estimated Taxes Online to the IRS

It often seems that employees get the better part of the deal when it comes to paying taxes. Some money is withheld from their check each pay period, then all they have to do...