Tax Carnival Ecstasy – August 20, 2013

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Tax Carnival Ecstasy – August 20, 2013

Welcome to the August 20, 2013 edition of Tax Carnival Ecstasy. We start this edition an article about filing back taxes from the blog 2009 Taxes by Bill Smith. John Schmoll takes a look at when is the right time to start saving money for retirement. Finally Daniel has an article on paying a personal tax to yourself from his site Sweating the Big Stuff. Hope you like the articles, like on Facebook, +1 with Google, and share the link on Twitter.

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Bill Smith presents Can You Still File 2009 Taxes With Turbo Tax 2009? posted at 2009 Taxes, saying, “Turbo Tax 2009 was released in late 2009 as a way for people to prepare and file their taxes themselves from a computer.”

Leader Phil Mickelson teeing off on the 18th h...
Leader Phil Mickelson teeing off on the 18th hole at TPC at Sawgrass during the final round of the 2007 Players Championship. Mickelson bogeyed the hole but still won the title by two shots. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

retirement

Bill Smith presents Phil Mickelson Needed to Pay 61% in Taxes For His Fame posted at 2010Taxes, saying, “Phil was recently ranked at number 7 in Forbes list that consisted of the highest earning athletes around the world but paying this heavy amount of taxes to the government(s) is really a tough thing to do for him.”

John Schmoll presents When Should You Start Saving for Retirement? posted at Frugal Rules, saying, “Saving for retirement can be challenging for many. There are many excuses to use from not having enough money to it being too far away. However, by starting to save for retirement earlier rather than later, regardless of the amount, you put yourself in the best position possible.”

John Schmoll presents Investing in Stocks: Are You a Trader or Investor? Plus a Giveaway! posted at Frugal Rules, saying, “There are various strategies investors can implement in the stock market yet many do not stop to think which is best for them. This lack of preparation can significantly undermine their investing efforts and hinder their attempts to grow wealth and saving for retirement.”

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Bill Smith presents 5 Popular Business Destinations For Tax Havens posted at 2014 Taxes, saying, “Taxes can often prove to be rather annoying expenditures that Government enforces on its people.”

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Daniel presents Force Yourself To Save With A 100% Personal Tax posted at Sweating The Big Stuff, saying, “With income taxes, you pay the government for money you earn. But with a personal tax, you pay yourself for money you spend.”

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H&R Block- Small Business Tax Software Review

H&R Block- Small Business Tax Software Review

H&R Block is one of the best tax preparation software used worldwide. Today more than 500 million clients mainly in Australia, the U.S., and Canada use H&R block. With almost 50 years of small business experience H&R Block system understands the requirements of their clients and creates, sustains and implements such systems to support the franchisee in their business growth.

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Not only experience, but the H&R block tax preparation services has very strong recognition, making itself a house hold name all over the world. H&R Block is one of the leading and top selling products in tax preparation and continues to use it every year; that has built its own reputation on popularity, reliability and simplicity. Millions of people today use H&R Block to prepare their State and Federal income tax returns each year as they trust the professionals. Various features include Tax Tips, along with a knowledge center that offers useful information on how to increase your refund. FREE Tax Calculators and Tax Estimator for various purposes help in computing your tax figures easily. Online help from the H&R Block professionals is at your fingertips at any point of time, and uncomplicated forms with step by step assistance ease you through the tax return process.

Top Ten Most Overlooked Tax Deductions

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Each year the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reports the most common tax deductions taxpayers forget about when submitting their income tax return.  Among one of the most common mistakes taxpayers make is they forget to place their Social Security number on the form or they make a mistake when entering the information.

It is possible for some taxpayers to be overpaying so it helps to make sure you review deductions available and understand how to claim them correctly to obtain the credit.  Below is a list of the most common deductions overlooked by taxpayers:

  1. State sales tax: Taxpayers who live in a state that doesn’t impose an income tax often forget to claim this deduction.  The IRS has a table that can be used to help you figure out the amount to deduct.
  2. Charitable contributions: This includes charitable deductions from your paycheck, items purchased for a charitable event such as a fundraiser or if you drove your vehicle for charity, the IRS lets you deduct a certain amount per mile.  Save all receipts and if you make a donation of 250 or more, get written confirmation from the charity.
  3. Student loan interest: If mom or dad paid for a student loan for a child not claimed as a dependent, the interest can be claimed on your return.
  4. Moving expenses: If you moved to take a new job, the expenses related may be deductible.
  5. Child care credit: Having a credit can help reduce taxes owed.  If your expense is paid through an account at work, it is easy to overlook but if you pay several thousand for child care it helps reduce taxes owed.
  6. Earned income tax credit: While the rules to this may be complex, many taxpayers don’t claim it.  This is considered a refundable tax credit instead of a deduction.
  7. State tax paid last spring: If you paid state income taxes in quarterly payments or had them withheld, they can be deducted on your current return.
  8. Energy-saving home improvement credit: This is a credit that is 30 percent equal to the cost of energy-saving improvements.  The IRS provides details on qualifications for this credit.
  9. Jury duty payments:  If your employer required you to give them payments you receive for jury duty, you can claim the amount on your return.
  10. Refinancing points: There are points that can be deducted when you refinance your home at one time.  This depends on how many years are on your mortgage and you can deduct points that are remaining if you sell you r home after paying if off or refinance again.

Andrew writes frequently about personal finance as well as issues effecting both consumers and small businesses, covering everything from credit cards to mortgages to loans.

Tax Filing and Income Tips are Pertinent to Everyone

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 990 is the return for those organizations which are exempt from income tax. It still must be filed. This includes tax year 2009 and tax year 2010, and others of course.

Even though such organizations are not paying taxes, income remains important.

The Internet is a great resource for making extra money for many types of businesses and of course, nonprofits are no exception. There are several ways for nonprofits to make money online including soliciting donations, selling merchandise, and attracting sponsors or visitors.

Using the Internet to solicit donations can be extremely cost effective. A website can provide a user with all the information about an organization including the mission, accomplishments and what any donations would be used for. By being well informed, many people are much more willing to donate money to a good cause or organization. The website can include information how donations by cash or check can be mailed to the nonprofit. To make donations even faster and easier, a checkout can be set up to make donations by credit card or other electronic means, such as PayPal.

Selling merchandise online can also be a windfall for nonprofits. Many people would like a way to show that they support an organization with everything fro a XXL shirt to a coffee mug or other item, but are unable to travel to the nonprofit’s actual location. By offering these things for sale online, people across the country and the world can support the organization through purchases made online.

Finally, because a main issue for many nonprofits is attracting larger sponsors or visitors to their museums or other locations, a website can provide a great way to attract these people. Providing information about a nonprofit online will make sure it gets included in search engines like Bing or Google. Also, it can answer questions about the nonprofit that people will want to know before visiting or committing any money. Online your organization can publicize that you are having a benefit selling cheap prom dresses, for instance.

Remember to use the Internet to its best advantage by providing extensive and detailed information about your nonprofit on its website. This will attract money in ways you never thought possible before, and making money online will be wonderful.

2 Good Reasons to Trust Turbo Tax This Year

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2 Good Reasons to Trust TurboTax This Year

It is estimated that 3 out of every 4 returns filed has a computing or typographical error that can end up costing you hundreds if not thousands of dollars down the road. TurboTax proofs all your tax information so you can make sure that everything you enter is accurate avoiding legal ramifications down the road and earning you the refund you deserve. As an added bonus, TurboTax regularly updates all the new tax laws that affect the tax credits you may be entitled to under the law.

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2 Good Reasons to Trust TurboTax This Year

It is estimated that 3 out of every 4 returns filed has a computing or typographical error that can end up costing you hundreds if not thousands of dollars down the road. TurboTax proofs all your tax information so you can make sure that everything you enter is accurate avoiding legal ramifications down the road and earning you the refund you deserve. As an added bonus, TurboTax regularly updates all the new tax laws that affect the tax credits you may be entitled to under the law.

The Easy Way to Keep up With Tax Credits!

This year alone, there were over 50 new tax credits place don the IRS books that taxpayers like you may be entitled to receive. Unless you plan on spending an immense amount of time studying tax laws there is no way you will be able to be sure you are getting all you deserve out of your refund. Don’t do it alone! Using TurboTax is more affordable than seeking a tax professional and is guaranteed to have all the information you really need to literally get the most out of your returns. You might very well qualify for new tax credits that you are unaware of and through a comprehensive software program; TurboTax puts the knowledge of a tax professional on your computer screen! You can feel safe and secure knowing that you have the latest information and that you will get everything you are entitled to by the letter of the new and old tax laws.

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Tax Changes in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

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Tax Changes in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

A number of tax law changes were made in the recently passed and signed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act also know as the Federal Stimulus Bill. Those changes include Income Tax reductions, Unemployment taxes, Cobra Health Insurance subsidies, and number of other important changes.

Income Tax Reduction

Individuals and couples will get a $400 income tax reduction through their payroll per person for the 2009 and 2010 tax years. The reduction phases out for individuals that make more than $75,000 or couples earning over $150,000 a year.

Unemployment Tax

Those … Read more at 2009 Taxes

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Tax Changes in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

A number of tax law changes were made in the recently passed and signed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act also know as the Federal Stimulus Bill. Those changes include Income Tax reductions, Unemployment taxes, Cobra Health Insurance subsidies, and number of other important changes.

Income Tax Reduction

Individuals and couples will get a $400 income tax reduction through their payroll per person for the 2009 and 2010 tax years. The reduction phases out for individuals that make more than $75,000 or couples earning over $150,000 a year.

Unemployment Tax

Those receiving unemployment due to job loss would normally need to pay tax on the income. But under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, all unemployment payments will be tax free.

Health Insurance Coverage

Under Cobra, laid off workers can continue to be covered under their prior employer’s health plan, but they have to pay the premiums themselves which are often quite a bit more than an self insured person would pay. Under the new law, the US Government will now pay 65% of all Cobra premiums for unemployed workers.