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Married couples filing separate tax returns: Why would they do it?

If you’re married, you may wonder whether you should file joint or separate tax returns. The answer depends on your individual tax situation. In general, it depends on which filing status results in the lowest tax. But keep in mind that, if you and your spouse file a joint return, each of you is “jointly…

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Switch on Tax Savings

Claiming the energy-efficient commercial buildings deduction Businesses that have invested in energy efficiency — or are considering doing so — shouldn’t overlook the Section 179D deduction for energy-efficient commercial buildings. This tax break offers valuable deductions (up to $1.80 per square foot) for the cost of energy-efficient improvements to new or existing commercial and some…

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Donating a Vehicle to Charity May Not Be a Taxwise Decision

You’ve probably seen or heard ads urging you to donate your car to charity. “Make a difference and receive tax savings,” one organization states. But donating a vehicle may not result in a big tax deduction — or any deduction at all. Trade in, sell or donate? Let’s say you’re buying a new car and…

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tax breaks for electric vehicles

Plug In Tax Savings for Electric Vehicles

While the number of plug-in electric vehicles is still small compared with other cars on the road, it’s growing — especially in certain parts of the country. If you’re interested in purchasing an hybrid or electric vehicle, you may be eligible for a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500. (Depending on where you…

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3 Big TCJA Changes Affecting 2018 Individual Tax Returns and Beyond

When you file your 2018 income tax return, you’ll likely find that some big tax law changes affect you — besides the much-discussed tax rate cuts and reduced itemized deductions. For 2018 through 2025, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) makes significant changes to personal exemptions, standard deductions and the child credit. The degree…

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