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Caring for an elderly relative? You may be eligible for tax breaks

Taking care of an elderly parent or grandparent may provide more than just personal satisfaction. You could also be eligible for tax breaks. Here’s a rundown of some of them. 1. Medical expenses. If the individual qualifies as your “medical dependent,” and you itemize deductions on your tax return, you can include any medical expenses…

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Thinking about converting your home into a rental property?

In some cases, homeowners decide to move to new residences, but keep their present homes and rent them out. If you’re thinking of doing this, you’re probably aware of the financial risks and rewards. However, you also should know that renting out your home carries potential tax benefits and pitfalls. You’re generally treated as a…

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Can You Qualify for a Medical Expense Tax Deduction?

You may be able to deduct some of your medical expense, including prescription drugs, on your federal tax return. However, the rules make it hard for many people to qualify. But with proper planning, you may be able to time discretionary medical expenses to your advantage for tax purposes. Itemizers must meet a threshold For…

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Maximize Your 401(k) Plan to Save for Retirement

Contributing to a tax-advantaged retirement plan can help you reduce taxes and save for retirement. If your employer offers a 401(k) or Roth 401(k) plan, contributing to it is a smart way to build a substantial sum of money. If you’re not already contributing the maximum allowed, consider increasing your contribution rate. Because of tax-deferred…

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July/August 2020 Tax Tips

Feeling charitable? Now’s the time to give In an economic downturn, charitable donations typically decline. So, if you’re in a position to donate, charitable organizations need your help now more than ever. Fortunately, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act offers some tax incentives to support your favorite charity. For cash gifts made…

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Did You Get an Economic Impact Payment that was Less Than You Expected?

Nearly everyone has heard about the Economic Impact Payments (EIP) that the federal government is sending to help mitigate the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The IRS reports that in the first four weeks of the program, 130 million individuals received payments worth more than $200 billion. However, some people are still waiting for…

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Answers to Questions You May Have About Economic Income Payments

Millions of eligible Americans have already received their Economic Impact Payments (EIP) via direct deposit or paper checks, according to the IRS. Others are still waiting. The payments are part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Here are some answers to questions you may have about EIPs. Who’s eligible to get…

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Reasons Why Married Couples Might Want to File Separate Tax Returns

Married couples often wonder whether they should file joint or separate tax returns. The answer depends on your individual tax situation, as there are cases when filing separately is a better option. It generally depends on which filing status results in the lowest tax. But keep in mind that, if you and your spouse file…

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