Taxes and Retirement

5 Reasons I Max Out My 401k Retirement Account as Fast as I Can – The 25% Contribution Rule

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Every year around November when the IRS publishes updated 401k plan limits for the year ahead I set myself a goal to see how fast I can reach the maximum contribution limit. I am fortunate that I earn and save enough money to make the maximum pre-tax retirement account contributions, but even if you cannot get […]

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Will Ordering an IRS Tax Transcript Help Me Find Out When I’ll Get My Refund?

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Ordering your tax transcript is a technique a lot of folks use to get an update on their tax return processing and refund if they are not getting information (or see no bars) from the IRS WMR tool. But the IRS has categorically stated that being able to order your latest tax transcript does NOT […]

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2017 and 2018 TrumpCare – American Health Care Act (ACHA) – Tax Credits and Penalties

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The house GOP has announced their legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare. They are calling this bill the American Health Care Act (ACHA). From a bottom line perspective here are some of the key impacts you may see from next year if these provisions (or something like them) are passed. Expanded health savings accounts (HSA) for individuals and families. Health […]

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Contact a Tax Advocate to Help Get Your Refund Released From The IRS

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Lisa had the following challenge with getting her refund released, what is she to do? 1/21 filed 1/23 accepted 1/25 1 bar WMR, tax topic 152, no codes, no messages of a letter 2/2 4464c letter sent out, do nothing wait 60 days, I received on 2/8 2/7 we’ve received your return and it’s still […]

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Contributing to an IRA and Roth IRA if You Already Have a 401K – Non Deductible IRA and Maximum Tax Deductible Contributions

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“Can I Contribute to an IRA, Roth IRA and a 401K if I have access to all these accounts? What are the limits and rules of doing so?” This is the kind of question I get fairly often and one that I actually had to recently sort out for myself. To determine if and how much you […]

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When Will My 2017 Tax Refund be Released and Deposited into My Bank Account

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The IRS has now started processing and releasing the majority of tax refund payments following delays due to the PATH act.  On various articles published on this site it has been good to see a lot of commentary from people now seeing their tax refunds being directly deposited to their bank accounts. In a lot of […]

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Answers to The Top 7 Most Searched for Tax Questions

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This time of year taxes are on the forefront of most Americans personal finances. When can I file, how do I file, how much will I get back and why is the IRS taking so long to pay me my refund are just examples of the most googled tax questions and comments I see. Over the years […]

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Why is My Tax Refund So Low Compared to Prior Years

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A lot of people have started getting their tax refunds based on the latest IRS schedule. But one question that keeps coming up is why is it so low? Or more precisely why is the refund payment so much lower than expected compared to past years. Well the reason for this can be attributed to […]

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Things to Remember At Tax Time – Your Tax Preparation Checklist

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Thanks to the accounting folks at BConnect Inc, here is a straight forward tax preparation checklist that will save you time when you file with your accountant or before you start using tax software for self-filing. Tax preparation is faster, easier and more stress-free if you take a little time to get organized first and […]

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What Should I Do With My Tax Refund and How Do People Invest and Spend Their Refunds

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So you are lucky enough to get a tax refund. Congratulations. But before you think of this as an end-of-year bonus or money you can fritter away, realize it is actually just the money you already earned for the most part. Sure some of the refund may be due to a tax credit or other […]

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