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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...
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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,...
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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...
Charitable Contributions Tax Deductions

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...
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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...
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How to Reduce or Avoid Capital Gains Tax on Property or...

Capital Gains Tax? Yes, besides sales tax, excise tax, property tax, income tax, and payroll taxes, individuals who buy and sell personal and investment...
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What Is the Gift Tax – IRS Rules, Rate & Maximum...

A question that comes up every year from friends or clients is, "How much can I give my child, grandchild, or friend so we...
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Should You Pay Taxes With a Credit Card?

I like to think I know more about credit cards than the average person. I've written dozens of credit card reviews for Money Crashers,...
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How to Calculate Real Estate Property Taxes & Appeal Your Assessment

For American homeowners, real estate taxes are an immutable fact of life. Virtually every homeowner pays real estate tax - property tax, in common...
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Standard Deduction vs. Itemized Tax Deduction – What’s Better?

Every taxpayer with a filing requirement is allowed a Standard Deduction, which depends on their filing status. The Standard Deduction is the first step...
Child Dependent Care Tax Credit Deductions

The Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit – Federal Tax Deductions...

If you pay for daycare, a credit may be available to offset some of your tax bill. This credit applies as long the qualifying...
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6 Education-Related Tax Credits & Deductions for College Tuition & Expenses

Unless you have wealthy parents or are blessed with a full-ride scholarship, your own or your children's college education is going to be a...