How to file for an extension (and whether you even need to), getting in a few more deductions and other key advice as April 15 approaches.
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If you're wondering when you'll get your money, you have several ways to check.
Lines 23 through 35 of the IRS 1040 form are extra-powerful. Can you put them to work for you?
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We reveal the pros and cons of the most popular tax-filing programs. Plus, discover ways to score discounts -- or even file your taxes for free.
Here are three instances where hiring a professional to do the dirty work for you makes sense.
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Several tax hikes aimed at high-income taxpayers took effect in 2013, and now the bill is coming due.
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The question of how gay couples should file their state returns remains fast-moving.
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Changes to tax rates and breaks will affect the bottom line for many taxpayers. Discover if you’ll be paying more or less this spring.
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The IRS will be looking for unreimbursed business expenses, as well as these out-of-the-ordinary moves on Schedules A and C.
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But you can direct up to $100,000 of your annual distribution to charity.
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Unloading a losing investment before year-end will allow you to offset taxable gains or other income.
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Max out your contributions while you can and prepare to save a bit more next year.
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Adjust your tax withholding now to boost your take-home pay or to avoid underpayment penalties when you file your 2013 tax return.
Put away your checkbook and donate appreciated securities instead.
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Time your year-end mutual fund purchases to avoid excess taxes.
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These strategies will help trim what you owe Uncle Sam. But you have to take action before the clock runs out.
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Tax rates on retirement accounts vary widely. Make sure you're being tax-efficient about your withdrawals.
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Do you know how you compare with your fellow taxpayers when it comes to the deductions you take? We have the answer.
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The Supreme Court's DOMA decision allows same-sex couples to file joint tax returns and get gift and estate tax relief.
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S firm owners face some decisions in light of new tax rates.
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Smart planning now could save you big bucks when you file next year.
They're not just dependents, right? Learn about some other tax benefits for your offspring.
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File your return on time anyway to minimize the penalties.
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Several establishments will be offering special deals on or around April 15.
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Deductions just got easier for self-employed taxpayers.
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Remember, it’s not just how much you make but how much you keep. With these investments and strategies, you get to keep more.
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Congress ties up loose ends, but high earners pay more.
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If you've been putting off the onerous task of finishing your tax returns, these tactics will help you breathe easier.
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A quick picture with your phone could be cheap insurance at audit time.
We'll help you decode the new 1099-B form from your broker.
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There's still time to make a 2012 IRA contribution and lower your tax bill.
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Now that the payroll tax holiday has been sacrificed to the fiscal-cliff gods, taxpayers are left to their own devices to prevent a cut in take-home pay.
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Organize your records and file when the IRS gives the all-clear.
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When insurance is tapped out -- or not there -- Uncle Sam offers help to those hit by storms.
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How to protect your pocketbook NOW — by adjusting your withholding.
The wise investor doesn't leave tax strategy until the end of the year.
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A number of tax breaks that might be dear to you have expired.
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Are you rushing to file your 2011 taxes? Be careful.
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A new tax break for those in need.
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If you "flipped" a house for profit, the government would like its money back.
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Every filing year's a little different. Let us help you pinpoint savings.
Learn from two GOP candidates' tax returns.
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Buy new office equipment before year-end to qualify for extra tax breaks.
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Make people happy while you're still around to hear "thank you"...
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Whether donating cash, clothes or a car, don’t forget to get a receipt.
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Cut next year’s taxes by signing up for a flexible spending account today.
Go green and earn some green before year-end.
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Millions of taxpayers will be snared by the alternative minimum tax in 2011. Find out if you’re one of them -- and what to do about it.
A new taxpayer receipt tool shows you where your money is going.
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Another reason to fix your withholding.
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But the IRS Taxpayer Advocate says new tax-lien leniency doesn't go far enough.
Not everything you got is fair game for the tax man.
You may qualify for a tax credit or deduction to ease the pain of paying for college—or paying back your student loan.
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Taxpayers in the two lowest brackets will pay no tax on their 2010 capital gains.
Even modest retirement income can thwart your attempt to claim a parent as a dependent.
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Claim an energy tax credit for the home improvements you made last year.
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Each qualifying child could slash your tax bill by up to $1,000.
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Claiming an adult child as a dependent -- or deducting his or her health expenses -- can cut your tax bill.
Some married couples could boost their tax break by filing separate returns.
Attention all itemizers: The IRS is ready to receive your 2010 tax return.
Printed tax forms are no longer mailed to taxpayers.
Missing information can slow your tax-return preparation -- and your refund.
Use the simplest form to meet your needs and avoid errors.
Totting up your noncash donations can significantly boost your tax break.
If you don’t claim the Making Work Pay Credit on your tax return, you lose it.
Wealthier taxpayers win big on 2010 tax returns with unlimited itemized deductions.
For the millions of Americans who itemize deductions, that refund check may come later this spring.
Your tax rates won’t go up next year and for most, a bigger paycheck.
Act now to capture expiring tax breaks and
beat year-end deadlines.
If Congress approves a compromise tax deal, more than 20 million Americans will avoid being snared by the stealth tax.
Buy a computer or pay private K-through-12 tuition with pretax money while you still can.
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Closing on your mortgage or refinancing an existing loan by December 31 could earn you a big deduction on your 2010 return.
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If you want to take advantage of a one-time option to spread your tax bill over two years, you must convert to a Roth IRA by year-end.
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Last-minute action -- or inaction -- may affect your year-end tax moves.
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George Steinbrenner’s death may seem untimely to family and friends (and Yankee fans), but it may be extremely timely when it comes to the federal estate tax.
Congress has extended the deadline for closing the deal on home purchases made by April 30.
You've got about three years to amend your return, so go back and make sure you got everything you deserve.
An extension gives you more time to compile your tax records -- but you still have to pay what you owe.
If Congress continues to do nothing about the federal estate tax, the levy will be back with a vengeance in 2011.
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But some unemployed taxpayers may catch a break under the IRS’s new, more flexible program to settle tax debts for less than owed.
And capital-gains rates on winners are as low as 0% for some.
If you bought a new car or truck last year, you can claim a special deduction.
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Not everyone has to file a return, but some low-income workers, retirees and students should file to collect a refund.
January 15 is the deadline for 2009 estimated tax payments.
Timing is everything when it comes to college tax credits.
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Focus on shifting income to grown children who qualify for tax-free capital gains.
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A sale by year-end could double the amount of profit that is tax-free.
Don’t wait for next year’s refund. Change your withholding to boost your pay now.
No need to wait until tax-filing season to cash in on the home-buyer credit.
It doesn't wrap very well, but putting your kids on the path to retirement security is a gift worth giving.
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Put yourself in new wheels and get a sales-tax deduction to boot.
Making the right moves now can save you plenty.
A new tax break lets you tap 529-plan savings.
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Make all your tax credits and deductions count; you deserve them all and more.
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If you lived in a federally declared disaster area in 2008, or helped someone who did, you may qualify for certain tax breaks.
You may qualify for tax relief. Here's how to get it.
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Any amount you claim as a charitable deduction on your 2008 tax return needs a paper trail.
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You can carry over last year's losses to off-set taxes in years to come.
Don't be surprised at tax time; prepare for unemployment taxes.
All taxpayers benefit from these above-the-line deductions.
The credit was originally designed as a loan one had to pay back. That may no longer be the case.
College students in the Midwestern disaster area may qualify for additional benefits.
The right new car will save you money on gasoline and taxes.
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You must take a distribution this year, but you can skip it in 2009.
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A temporary provision excludes forgiven mortgage debt from income taxes.
Two groups of homeowners face new rules on tax-free profits when they sell their property.
Should you accelerate deductions to cut taxes? It depends -- you could end up with a bigger tax bill.
Shrunken IRA balances mean a smaller tax bill when you convert to a Roth IRA.
If you don't use your $12,000 annual exclusion by December 31, you lose it.
Instead, donate appreciated securities to your favorite charity.
Some taxpayers will pay no capital gains taxes on their 2008 returns.
For most people, the best way to cut your tax bill today is to maximize your retirement savings for tomorrow.
You can push the deadline for filing your tax return back to October 15.
Make sure you take all the necessary steps when adding up your capital gains so you don't overpay.
If you owe the IRS, there are several ways to settle your bill.
You might not have to let Uncle Sam know that you sold your house.
If you are a highly compensated employee and your employer returned some of the money you contributed to a 401(k), you'll have to report that as income on your tax return.
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Usually, you can write-off un-deducted mortgage points on a refinancing in the year the loan is paid off with a subsequent refinancing.
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Don't miss this easily overlooked deduction: estate taxes paid on an inherited traditional IRA.
Whether you have to pay taxes on a settlements from a investor class-action lawsuit depends on why you got the money.
Give your children financial security this Christmas.
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If you plan to deduct state sales tax instead of state income tax for 2007, this may be the last year you can choose to do so.
There are several steps you can take now to save money come April.
Outfitting your home with new storm doors and windows or buying a gas-efficient hybrid car can help you score tax credits.
Don't wait until 2009 for your next tax refund. Adjust your withholding, and get more money now.
Yikes! You made more than half a million dollars in home sale profit! Here's how to hold down the tax bill.
Do you owe the IRS money? Even if you failed to pay enough tax throughout the year, you may not have to pay the penalty if you fit one of these exceptions.
Let Uncle Sam pay for part of your move if you relocated for a job.
Don't be among the millions of investors who pay too much tax on mutual fund profits.
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