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Janet Berry-Johnson

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Janet Berry-Johnson is a Certified Public Accountant. Before leaving the accounting world to focus on freelance writing, she specialized in income tax consulting and compliance for individuals and small businesses. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and son and their rescue dog, Dexter.
Investment Expense Tax Deductions

Investment Expense Tax Deduction – Which Fees Can You Deduct?

Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, most investment-related expenses are no longer deductible. But in certain circumstances, you may still be able to get a tax break. Learn which investment-related expenses you can still deduct and how to qualify for them.
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IRS Tax Audit Help – Types, Procedure & What to Do If You Get...

People imagine IRS auditors as scary, calculator-wielding mercenaries out to get more money. That’s usually not true and audits are rare, but an IRS audit is nonetheless stressful and time-consuming. If you ever do get audited, there are a few things you need to know to get yourself through it.
Irs Federal Tax Form 1040

IRS Federal Tax Form 1040 – Types, Schedules & Instructions

Tax form 1040 helps you conveniently collect information about your income, credits, and deductions in one place. But over the years, the IRS has added dozens of supplementary forms and schedules you can use for additional calculations. Which forms do you need?
Itin Number

What Is an ITIN Number and How to Apply to Get One From the...

Foreign-born individuals pay nearly $224 billion in federal taxes and $105 billion in state and local taxes each year. An individual taxpayer identification number is one of the tools that make those tax payments possible. But what is it and how do you get one?
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How Long Does It Take to Get My IRS Tax Refund? – Status &...

Eager to get your tax refund this year? No matter what you plan to spend it on, how and when you file can affect how fast your refund comes. So before you file your taxes, learn all about the IRS tax refund timelines and what you can do to get the cash in your hands when you need it.
Tax Deadline Form 4868

How to File for an IRS Tax Extension Electronically or With Form 4868

It seems like everyone has at least one friend or family member who's chronically late for everything: dinner, work, parties, you name it. This kind of behavior can be annoying on a personal level,...
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15-Step Yearly Checkup for Your Small Business – Are You on Track?

You visit your doctor every year for a checkup, take your car in for regular maintenance, and schedule a service call in autumn before turning on your furnace, but when was the last time...
Deduct Health Insurance Premiums Expenses

Deducting Health Insurance Premiums & Health Care Expenses on Your Taxes

The cost of health care has been rising faster than inflation for the past several decades, and it doesn't show any signs of slowing down. This unfortunate trend may leave you wondering if you...
Overlooked Personal Tax Deductions

List of 14 Commonly Overlooked Personal Tax Deductions & Credits for Individuals

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Charitable Giving Tax Deductions Money Bills

Tax Deductions for Charitable Contributions & Donations

Generally speaking, Americans are a generous lot. According to the National Philanthropic Trust, Americans gave $427.71 billion to charities in 2018. Perhaps one motivation for being generous is that qualified charitable contributions are deductible...
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How to Pay Federal Estimated Taxes Online to the IRS in 2020

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

Child & Dependent Care Tax Credit – Deductions for Child Care Expenses

If you pay for day care, you may be eligible for a tax credit to offset some of your tax bill. This credit applies to qualifying children who were under the age of 13...