Tax season is over! How was your tax-filing experience this year? I’m pretty much over the whole tax thing, but maybe it’s worth another look. Double checking your taxes is a wise choice, especially if you catch a mistake and need to file an amended tax return.
You might find that you are among the close to one million people who should have received a refund for tax year 2010. If you are one of those folks, you have until April 15, 2014 to file. Otherwise, you’ve just left money on the table.
GoBankingRates says it studied auto loan details from more than 6,000 financial institutions and statistics gathered from eBay Motors to project that about 25 percent of Americans would use refunds to grab a fresh ride.
The IRS reports that the average tax refund for this season, so far, is a little more than $3,000. That’s a pretty decent chunk of change. However, even though many taxpayers say that they plan to save their tax refund, this money actually gets spent, according to CNBC.
When refinancing or purchasing a new home, one of the items that a title company researches are the property taxes. Although every homeowner pays property taxes across the county, determining your specific property taxes has many variables. These variables coincide with different aspects of your home’s location and your home’s assessed value. Depending on the taxing authority, your taxes could be determined by the city, county, school district or by all three. When you pay property tax each year, you’re paying for necessities that are provided by the city, such as police and fire department services, garbage pickup and snow removal.
Tax time is looming and if you own a small business or are a single proprietor, you’re probably scrambling to get all your records straight. Are your W2s out and were they postmarked by January 31? What about 1099s to consultants to whom you paid more than $600 in 2013? They need to get a Copy C by January 31. Remember, the IRS needs to get a Copy A by February, along with the cover page, known as Form 1096. Don’t forget that consultants include LLCs, DBAs, and partnerships. Avoid this mess for 2014 by using online tools and services that make tax time much less stressful.
Depending on your income, assets, marital status and a host of other life factors, making sure you have all of the necessary documents needed to file your taxes can seem daunting. Here’s a quick checklist of items you may need to gather before meeting with your tax professional.
When major life events change the facts of your life, they can also change your tax situation. With tax season under way, it makes sense to consider how certain events will impact your situation. The Motley Fool has a list of life events that can impact your taxes. One of those things is buying a home with a mortgage.
As tempting as it is to save money by doing your taxes on your own (or with a little help from software), there are times when it makes more sense to just pay an accountant. I used to do my taxes completely on my own, and then I added tax prep software when things started getting serious. After a few years I realized that I needed a little more help. Here are the 3 signs that led me to hire an accountant for my taxes.
A new year is underway, and the IRS is officially accepting tax returns starting January 21, 2014. It’s time for you to get organized and figure out what you need to do in order to create a smoother situation this year. Here is a tax time checklist that can help you avoid the stress and rushing around that often comes with tax season.