TurboTax, TaxAct, and H&R Block have a similar set of core features and capabilities. That can make it challenging to differentiate among them at a glance. But there are differences. Before choosing one, learn how they stack up — and what’s new for the 2020 tax year.
Small companies tend not to offer 401(k) plans, given the administrative costs and headaches associated with them. Fortunately, there’s a type of employer retirement account specifically for small businesses: the Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees (SIMPLE IRA). Learn more about it here.
Many real estate investors use 1031 exchanges to roll profits from rental properties into ever-larger income properties, never paying capital gains taxes until the day they sell off their portfolio. Find out what an 1031 exchange is and how it can let you defer paying taxes — perhaps indefinitely.
Freelancers and small-business owners must pay estimated taxes four times a year. This may sound complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. We break down how to estimate your quarterly taxes, when to make payments, and what happens if you underpay.
It’s easy to see why tax scams tend to crop up most often during tax season. With billions of dollars in refunds going out, there are bound to be fraudsters trying to take advantage of people. To avoid becoming a victim, it helps to be aware of some of the more common types of tax scams.
If you’ve begun investing, you need to report capital gains or losses on your tax return. It’s a bit complicated to get started, but once you’re organized, you’ll be able to fill out Form 8949 and Schedule D very quickly. Learn about Tax Form 8949 — Instructions for Reporting Capital Gains & Losses.
A cash tax refund anticipation loan, also known as a RAL, is a way for a tax filer to get their refund immediately. Millions of tax filers take advantage of these quickie tax loans every tax season. But there are several reasons why this kind of loan is not a wise financial decision.
Most IRS audits are not random. They’re triggered by red flags that indicate a potentially fault return, high odds of undisclosed income, or both. Learn what these triggers are and how to avoid them to prevent unwanted attention from good ol’ Uncle Sam.
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Savvy taxpayers can slash their tax bill using a range of tax-sheltered accounts, but these can seem confusing and often sound alike. Which combination of retirement accounts, education accounts, and health savings accounts can help you save on your tax bill? Read on to learn more.
Anyone who’s filed a tax return knows the U.S. tax system is complex and difficult to understand. Many say corporations, wealthy individuals, and special interest groups use loopholes to avoid paying their fair share. One idea for fixing the system is called FairTax. But would it really work?
Paying taxes with a credit card isn’t always ideal, but it does make sense for certain taxpayers, especially those who’ve recently signed up for new cards with long 0% APR introductory promotions or generous sign-up bonuses. Read on for suggestions of the best credit cards to use to pay your taxes.