Don’t overlook child-related deductions and credits
Parents incur a variety of expenses associated with children. As a
general rule, personal expenditures are not deductible. However,
there are several deductions and credits that help defray some of
Courts Loosen Up On Conservation Easement Rules
Two recent court cases indicate that, although use of a
conservation easement to gain a charitable deduction must continue
to be arranged with care, some flexibility in determining ultimate
September 2017 tax compliance calendar
As an individual or business, it is your responsibility to be aware
of and to meet your tax filing/reporting deadlines. This calendar
summarizes important federal tax reporting and filing data for
FAQ: Does sick pay get any special tax treatment?
The term "sick pay" can refer to a variety of payments. Some of
these payments are nontaxable, while others are treated as taxable
income. Some of the taxable payments are treated as compensation,
FAQs: When can I deduct job-hunting expenses?
Job-hunting expenses are generally deductible as long as you are
not searching for a job in a new field. This tax benefit can be
particularly useful in a tough job market. It does not matter
FAQ: What is a tax return transcript?
Taxpayers can request a copy of their federal income tax return and
all attachments from the IRS. In lieu of a copy of your
return (and to save the fee that the IRS charges for a copy of your
Back-to-school look at education tax benefits
The start of the school year is a good time to consider the variety
of tax benefits available for education. Congress has been generous
in providing education benefits in the form of credits, deductio...
FAQ: What is backup withholding?
Most people are familiar with tax withholding, which most commonly
takes place when an employer deducts and withholds income and other
taxes from an employee's wages. However, many taxpayers are
FAQ: What are my chances of being audited?
Often, timing is everything or so the adage goes. From medicine to
sports and cooking, timing can make all the difference in the
outcome. What about with taxes? What are your chances of being
The small employer health insurance premium credit
Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)
enacted in March 2010, small employers may be eligible to claim a
tax credit of 35 percent of qualified health insurance premium
FAQ: What are the rules for claiming dependents?
The tax rules surrounding the dependency exemption deduction on a
federal income tax return can be complicated, with many
requirements involving who qualifies for the deduction and who
qualifies to ta...
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