Tax Deductions That Aren’t Allowed By the IRS

Getting tax deductions for an allowed expense on your taxes is great. Making the mistake of claiming a deduction that is not allowed by the IRS can you get into trouble and a possible audit. For example, you can deduct the expense of a dinner with clients up to 50% of the bill only. If you claim more than the 50% allowed or you do not properly record the business purpose of the meeting, the deduction could be thrown out.

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Travel is similar to entertainment were only the part of the travel that is business related can be deducted. If you take your family or your spouse with you and do things on your trip purely for pleasure, those parts of the trip cannot be deducted on your return.

Commuting costs are only allowed from one business location to another business location. The commute from your home to the office is not something you can deduct on your taxes.

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Tax Deductions That Aren’t Allowed By the IRS

Make sure your charity giving is to IRS recognized organization or the donation will not be deductible. And if you get something, like a night at the opera, in exchange for you donation, you need to subtract the fair market value of the benefit you receive from the donation that you claim.

And the  IRS has made giving to charities without a proper record not something you can deduct. You could previously deduct small amounts of cash that you gave to charities. But now it is required that you have proof of the donation to get the deduction. So write a check instead of giving cash.

Governor Cuomo And New York Tax Rates

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Your New York 2013 taxes may seem higher than ever, but changes may happen in the near future thanks to the proposed tax cuts set forth by Gov. Cuomo.

New York has a reputation for having a high tax rate, and it may take decades for this perception to change. Newspapers and magazines across the country have written about this perception, and this has only reinforced this feeling. TurboTax 2013 may be especially helpful for New York residents, and your 2013 taxes may be filed with confidence if you consult TurboTax 2013 as well.

Employers took notice when Cuomo announced his plan to decrease business taxes and implement tax-exempt zones for new companies. The program is referred to as START-UP NY, and the proposed tax cuts are part of a larger tax relief plan Cuomo presented during his recent State of the State address.

The Cuomo proposal includes things such as freezing property taxes, trimming estate taxes, cutting corporate franchise taxes, and eliminating the corporate income tax for Upstate New York manufacturers. The plan would also eliminate utility surcharges for businesses and establish a refundable credit regarding personal and corporate income taxes. This credit would be equivalent to twenty percent of yearly property taxes for a manufacturing firm.

There may be a limited number of businesses that feel the full impact of these proposals, but tax relief may have a broad and positive effect in other ways. A reinvented tax plan may create a friendly business environment throughout the state of New York.

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.”

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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)

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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.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of tax carnival ecstasy using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Can You Still File Taxes With Turbo Tax for last year?

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Can You Still File 2009 Taxes With Turbo Tax 2009?

Turbo Tax 2009 was released in late 2009 as a way for people to prepare and file their taxes themselves from a computer. The software guided users through the process and helped them to get the biggest tax refund possible. Turbo Tax is updated every year to stay current with tax laws, so to file your taxes you must use the version of the software from that tax year.

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For 2009 taxes, this means you will need to use Turbo Tax 2009. You will not be able to e-file your taxes from 2009, but the software will let you print everything out you need so you can mail it in to the IRS. However, the IRS implements a time limit of three years on requesting tax refunds from any given year. Therefore, tax returns that were due on April 15 of 2009 had to be filed by April 15 of 2013 in order to receive the refund. If you had an extension on your taxes in 2009, which shifted the deadline to October, the latest date to file your return and receive a refund is in October of 2013.

This means that while it is still possible to file 2009 taxes with Turbo Tax 2009, the time period in which most people could actually receive a refund has passed. After the three-year period is gone, there is no way to get back any money you overpaid in taxes. In addition, you can no longer use that year’s refund to help pay taxes owed in another year.

TurboTax Makes Tax Season a Breeze

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Financial capability is a major part in an adult’s life. Finishing your degree and getting a job is needed in order to maintain a sustainable life, along with paying taxes. Tax which comes from the Latin word “taxo” meaning rate, is a monetary obligation given to individuals to support the government; it is not a donation or a voluntary contribution, rather it is an imposed donation as mandated by law. Taxes are necessary for the government to function and provide services to the people. There are two forms of taxes levied to individuals: direct and indirect. Direct taxes are imposed directly on the income or property/business of an individual while indirect taxes are imposed on commodities, sales, etc.

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Get to Know Your Taxes

1. Payroll Taxes – tax which is taken out directly from an employee’s wages and calculated based on their earnings. This includes Income Tax Withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes and Unemployment Taxes.

2. Property Taxes – these are imposed taxes based on property’s fair market value. Generally, it is imposed on realty but some jurisdictions may tax business properties, as well.

3. Sales Taxes – it is imposed on the retail price of commodities and services.

4. Inheritance or Estate Taxes – a levy paid by a person inheriting money or property from a deceased individual.

5. Gift Taxes – it is tax on property or money given by one living person to another. Some “gifts” are not taxed due to exemptions in taxation law.

Tax Season

Tax season begins and it’s time to file the necessary forms such as the W-2 form or the Wage and Tax statement. The W-2 form is an account of earnings (wages and other forms of compensation) that an employer must submit to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by the end of the fiscal year. It is an employer’s account of their employee’s compensation and the withheld taxes on their paycheck.

Filing taxes is a gruesome and tiring task where companies or individuals hire professionals in order to file accurate accounts. TurboTax offers a stress-free tax season.

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TurboTax helps in filing the necessary taxes along with tax deductions that the company deserves. They ask questions which are relevant to the company’s profile enabling them to see which taxes suit you along with the corresponding deductions to benefit the business. No need to worry about calculations; they will do it all. They will be there every step of the way. Their experienced and expert employees have handled taxes for years and know exactly what works on behalf of the business.

Another feature of TurboTax is that it’s done online. No need to visit a tax store, it’s just a download and a click away. The main idea is to maximize time for other things and not all on taxes, no need to pull your hair out and burn the midnight oil. They handle the IRS too, if they have any questions regarding your taxes.

No need to have your W-2 handy, they can get it from the company. Are you indecisive about which product to get? They can assist in the decision making. No need to worry about making a mistake, they can double check to avoid any penalties; if the IRS still finds mistakes, they’ll pay for your penalty plus interest.

Are the refunds taking too long to be released? They can get it fast for you through efile and direct deposit at no extra charge. Worried about not owning a bank account? Don’t worry; they can have it mailed to you.

Tax Carnival Ecstasy – January 22, 2013

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Welcome to the January 22, 2013 edition of tax carnival ecstasy. In this edition we start off with an article from Bill Smith on the IRS delay in tax filing acceptance until the end of January, a delay caused by the late tax law changes passed by congress. There is also an article from John Schmoll who looks at 4 Helpful Free Investment Tools that you can use. Hope you like all the articles, tweet our carnival on Twitter, share with your friends, bookmark and come back next time.

Brian McKay presents Mortgage Debt Cancellation Relief Extended Until December 31, 2013 posted at Bank CD Rates, Mortgage Rates, Savings Rates, Banking Reviews, saying, “Homeowners facing a foreclosure, a short sale or reduced loan principal by their lender after December 31, 2012, faced owing taxes on any mortgage debt that was forgiven by the mortgage lien holder. Home owners had rushed to complete short sales or debt reduction before the end of the 2013 because it looked like the fiscal cliff tax issues wouldn’t be worked out in Washington.”

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swapnil presents Share Market: Tax Structure in India posted at Share Market.

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Bill Smith presents Free Tax Filing for 2011 Taxes posted at 2011 Tax, saying, “Each year, thousands of taxpayers fail to file their federal income taxes. Some individuals willingly forgo this action while others run into special circumstances.”

Bill Smith presents Processing of Tax Returns to Begin on January 30 posted at 2012 Tax – Free Tax Filing Options, saying, “Earlier this week, the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that electronic filing of tax payments for the year 2013 will commence on January 30.”

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John Schmoll presents 4 Helpful Free Investment Tools posted at Frugal Rules, saying, “Investing in the stock market can be a challenge for the seasoned investor, much less a newbie investor. By using some free investment tools you can make more informed investment decisions that will benefit your portfolio.”

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Bill Smith presents Eliminating State Income Taxes Could Spur Economic Growth posted at 2012 Taxes – Free Tax Filing Options, saying, “While Washington continues to struggle with attempts at major changes to the federal tax system, individual states have no such problem.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of tax carnival ecstasy using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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