tax

I Like Donald Trump But Will Drop Him Like a Hot Potato if He Raises My Taxes

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The title of this article is from a reader (Barry P.) who had this comment on Trump’s proposed tax reforms: I live in Massachusetts and make $61,000.00 annually. I own a home and pay mortgage interest of around $12,000 dollars. My state income taxes and property taxes amount to another $8,000. So my itemized deduction […]

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IRS Agents Getting Slammed and Call Delays Likely to Continue

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Many American taxpayers are again asking this year why it is so hard for them to call in and get through to a real IRS agent. The answer is simply these agents that provide telephone assistance to taxpayers have too much on and there aren’t enough agents to do the work or handle the ever increasing […]

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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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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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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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Using Your Credit or Debit Card to Pay Taxes – Costs, Convenience and Other Factors To Consider

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With tax season nearing an end many tax payers may find themselves owing taxes to the IRS or to their state tax agencies. Cash flow may be a bit tight, so they may opt to pay via their debit or even credit cards. But before doing so, it pays to be beware of the impacts […]

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2017 Tax Brackets, Standard Deduction and other Tax Updates

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The IRS has published the latest 2017 tax figures (for filing taxes in 2018) reflecting minor COLA updates to federal thresholds. You can see 2016 and past tax tables here. No changes to tax rates with 39.6% being the highest marginal tax rate. Tax bracket income thresholds increase marginally in line with inflation. The effect of this (bracket […]

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6 Tax Breaks for the 2016 to 2017 Tax Filing Season

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It is almost that time of year again….tax season! We have compiled a list of six tax breaks for the 2016-2017 tax season that will lower your taxes due and increase the amount of your refund.  The first topic is Earned Income Credit (EIC). The rules on this can be very confusing, but we are […]

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2016-2017 Federal Tax Filing Gross Income Requirements – How Much You Have to Make or Earn to File Taxes

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Every year I get asked about income requirements for filing taxes when publishing tax filing due dates for the upcoming tax season.  While there are other factors (residency status, claiming tax credits) that also drive if you have to file taxes or not, how much you earn (gross income) is a primary driver. Gross income covers […]

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