Other Taxes

In general, deducting pet expenses on your tax return can get you into hot water with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Usually pet expenses will not hold up should the IRS audit you. However, specific cases exist that allow you to take legitimate tax deductions for spending on your pet. Regardless of how you justify
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Congratulations! You have just been handed your first little bundle of joy in the hospital and have embarked on the long journey of parenthood. It is a trip full of joyful experiences that make the corresponding aggravations worthwhile, and it comes with many benefits — some of which are tax-related. You can look forward to
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You know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday – but are you aware of Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday is a recent invention – so recent, it is often preceded with a hashtag. It was started in 2012 on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving and has been gaining in popularity as a symbol of charity to
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If you received a holiday bonus this year, congratulations! A 2017 survey by Accounting Principals found that 63% of the surveyed companies plan to give out a year-end monetary bonus or gift this year based on company, departmental, and/or employee performance. Your first thoughts are probably about how you plan to spend your reward. The
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If you are preparing to sell your home, taxes are probably not the first thing on your mind — and they probably shouldn’t be. However, when tax time does roll around, you need to understand what effects your home sale will have on your taxes. Generally, profits from the sale of your primary home are
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When you use your car for both personal and business reasons and you are not fully reimbursed through your employer for the business expenses, you can deduct those costs from your taxes. How do you go about claiming these deductions? Assuming that you itemize, you have two general paths: Standard Mileage Method – The IRS
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Did your kids get a taste of the real world and decide that living off Mom and Dad was not so bad after all? Cheer up… you may still be able to claim them as dependents on your taxes. Dependents can save money on your taxes in two ways: through individual exemptions and the potential
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If you are paying college expenses for yourself or for one of your dependents, you may be able to deduct the tuition and fees on your federal tax return. Qualified tuition and fee expenses may be partially deducted as long as the expenses are not paid by others through programs such as scholarships, grants, or
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You want to be an energy saver, and are interested in going green as much as possible through new energy efficient appliances, home modifications, and perhaps even building a brand new energy-efficient home. Every level of the U.S. government also wants you to be an energy saver, and is willing to back it up with
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This election season was marred by attacks on both presidential candidates’ charities, but don’t let that put you off. You want to do the right thing and make charitable contributions to help your fellow man. At the same time, it is nice to get your own benefits by receiving corresponding tax breaks. You certainly can
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