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About E-filing

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E-filing lets you transfer your tax information directly from your computer to the IRS computers.

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Filing Requirements

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There are different filing requirements and statuses. Your requirement to file a return usually depends on three things...

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If I don't have receipts for my charitable donations, can I claim the donations?

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You can include cash not property donations of less than $250 without a receipt. However, you must...

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Getting Your Refund

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If you mail your return early in the tax season, you'll receive your tax refund in about four to six weeks. However, if you...

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About Form 1040EZ

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Form 1040EZ has the fewest number of lines and is the simplest to complete. You can’t use this form if...

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What do I need to have on-hand to prepare my taxes?

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Depending on your situation, you'll need a variety of documents...

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Tax Changes -- Getting to Know Your Taxes

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Children -- Getting to Know Your Taxes

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Deducting Student-Loan Interest

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You might be paying back loans you took to finance higher education. If so, you might qualify to deduct up to $2,500 of interest...

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Tuition and Fees Deduction

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The tuition and fees deduction reduces the amount of your taxable income by up to $4,000. The deduction expires on...

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Making the Most of Education Tax Benefits

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Most four-year college programs extend over five tax years. This can help maximize your credits. For credits you can claim...

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Education Tax Tips

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Tax benefits might be available if you're saving for or paying education costs for yourself or another student who's...

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If I'm a full-time student who earns an income but someone else paid my tuition, can I claim any education credits?

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You can use payments made by your parents or third parties to claim education credits if both of these are true...

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Education -- Getting to Know Your Taxes

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Home Office Deduction

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If you have a home office, you might qualify to claim a home office deduction. This means you can deduct expenses...

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What job-hunting expenses are deductible?

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You can claim certain expenses in looking for a job in your existing trade or business. This applies even if you...

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Your First Job

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Learn how to make the most of your salary, benefits, and tax deductions at your new job.

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Business Travel Expenses

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If you travel away from home overnight on business, you can deduct airline, train or bus fares including first class. Operation...

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If I started a new job and relocated, can I deduct my moving expenses?

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You can deduct moving expenses but you must meet all three of these tests...

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Self-Employment Deductions

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You can deduct part of the self-employment tax you paid as an adjustment to income. So, you can claim the deduction even...

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Tip Income

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If your tips each month are 8% or more, they're taxable income. They're also subject to Social Security and Medicare...

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Work & Business -- Getting to Know Your Taxes

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Combat-Zone Exclusion

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If you're a member of the U.S. armed forces who serves in a combat zone, you might qualify to exclude certain pay...

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My spouse is deployed on active military duty. If I file an extension, will I pay any penalties?

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If you qualify due to a special situation, you might receive an automatic deadline extension for Filing your return...

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Military Extensions

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If you serve in the armed forces, the IRS might extend your deadlines for Filing returns, Paying taxes, Filing claims for...

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Military Income Exclusions

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Compensation for active service while in a combat zone isn’t included in gross income. The exclusion for a commissioned...

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Military Income Inclusions

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Military service members have specific rules about what they must report to the IRS as income. Unless you received payment...

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Military Moving Expenses

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To deduct moving expenses, you usually must meet certain time and distance tests. However, if you’re a member of the...

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I'm a contractor in a combat zone overseas. Will I have to pay taxes on my income?

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You might qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion. To claim the exclusion, all of these must apply. Your tax home...

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US Expat Working Abroad -- Getting to Know Your Taxes

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Child and Dependent Care Credit

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You might get back some of your childcare expenses by claiming this nonrefundable credit. If you cared for disabled...

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Adoption Expenses

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Two tax benefits are available to adoptive parents: the adoption credit and the adoption benefits exclusion...

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Death of a Family Member

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You might have a deceased family member who would have been required to file a return for the year in which he or she died...

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Divorce

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A divorce, annulment, or legal separation might complicate your return. Take an active role in how your divorce decree is...

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Alimony and Child Support

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There's a tax difference between alimony and child support payments. A person making qualified alimony payments can...

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Can I claim a family member who's not my child but who lives me as a nondependent for EIC purposes?

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You might be able to claim a family member who's not your child -- even if you didn't claim her as a dependent. To be your...

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Married Filing Jointly vs. Married Filing Separately -- Getting to Know Your Taxes

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Divorce -- Getting to Know Your Taxes

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How and when should I file quarterly taxes for my estimated business income?

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You’re required to pay taxes as you earn income. Self-employed taxpayers are usually required to pay estimated...

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Application for Employer Identification Number (EIN)

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The IRS uses employer identification numbers (EINs) to keep track of businesses. Your business must have an EIN if...

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Small Business With Employees

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As a small business owner with employees, you must withhold certain taxes from your employees' wages. These include...

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Self-Employment Deductions

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You can deduct part of the self-employment tax you paid as an adjustment to income. So, you can claim the deduction even...

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Business Income or Loss

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If you work for yourself -- either full-time or part-time -- report your income and expenses on Schedule C. Self-employment...

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Home Office Deduction

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If you have a home office, you might qualify to claim a home office deduction. This means you can deduct expenses for...

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Work & Business -- Getting to Know Your Taxes

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IRAs

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IRAs offer tax advantages for long-term retirement planning. The two types of IRAs are traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs...

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Education Savings Accounts (ESAs)

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Coverdell education savings accounts (ESAs) are tax-advantaged accounts that allow you to save money for education...

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If I inherited lump-sum distributions from retirement accounts, how will this affect my taxes?

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How the distributions are taxed depends on many factors, including how old the deceased was at the time of death, if the...

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Qualified Tuition Plan (Section 529)

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A qualified tuition plan (QTP) is a personal savings account. You use it to pay for a student's qualified education expenses...

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If I'm figuring the fair market value of all my assets, do I include my 401(k) retirement account?

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Yes. Include the full value of your 401(k) retirement account when figuring the fair market value of your assets. If you're...

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Retirement Income and Distributions -- Getting to Know Your Taxes

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Energy Efficiency -- Getting to Know Your Taxes

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