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- Your Refund: Wait for it … Wait for it …
- In Search of Your Missing W-2
- Hobby or Business?
- Free Money!
- A Kinder, Gentler Calculation
- For the Vehicularly Challenged
- Don't Sweat the Tax Stuff
- Proving You Are You
- Pay Now or Pay Now
- Food for Thought
- The Parent is Now the Child
- Making a Move That Pays
- Mom's Killer Banana Pudding Recipe
- Top Reasons to E-file Your Taxes
Your Refund: Wait for it … Wait for it …
Once you’ve e-filed your return, don’t waste effort checking on when the refund will show up. Don’t start hunting the refund until 21 days has passed, the IRS says. It will take at least that long to process the return.
In Search of Your Missing W-2
If you’re ready to file and your employer has yet to send out W-2s, call your employer’s payroll department and check on it. They can usually e-mail you a copy. Don’t think you can wing it by extrapolating the figures from a few paychecks.
Hobby or Business?
A fine line may separate the two, but the IRS is going to put you on one side or the other. Pass their criteria, and the IRS could declare your pastime a business – and require things like self-employment taxes.
No, it only seems that way. The Earned Income Tax Credit reads like everybody gets a refund no matter what. But the sticking point is Earned Income. If you didn’t have wages of some sort (and meet the other requirements, of course) you won’t qualify for the EITC.
A Kinder, Gentler Calculation
If you usually take the Office in Home deduction, you may be glad to know the IRS has a new option for 2013 that could save you some math. The new method multiplies your office square footage by a prescribed rate to figure the deduction.
For the Vehicularly Challenged
When your teenager comes to you and demands a car, tell ‘em you just read about the latest trend in automotive financing. It’s called a JOB, and can give them just about everything they’re asking for.
Don't Sweat the Tax Stuff
Above all, be prepared before you sit down to do your income taxes. Make sure you’ve got all your paperwork together, handy, and in order. That way, if you’re missing something, there’s time to find it – or go get it.
Proving You Are You
Getting stuck in the checkout process – and can’t tell your PIN from your AGI? The Identification PIN we ask for comes from the IRS. The AGI is an alternative, and comes from last year’s return.
Pay Now or Pay Now
You got your federal income tax extension filed on time and you’re feeling pretty relieved. But don’t put away that checkbook just yet. You may have up to six months to file your return thanks to your extension, but if you owe any tax due, that’s still expected to be on the IRS’ doorstep by April 15.
Food for Thought
Before the next income tax season officially starts, think about some very important questions: Do you need to adjust your federal withholding at work? If you get a really big refund – or have to pay taxes when you file every year – the answer could be yes.
The Parent is Now the Child
Is Mom or Dad now living with you? Just know you can get some relief through your income tax return. You can claim your parents – one or both – as dependents if they meet the federal requirements.
Making a Move That Pays
If you’ve got a new job on the horizon, and if it involves a move, you may claim your expenses on your tax return. The new job has to be 50 miles farther from your former home than your old job was, so cross-town moves may not qualify.
Mom's Killer Banana Pudding Recipe
You didn’t really think we would give THAT away, now, did you??
Top Reasons to E-file Your Taxes
It’s Fast: You just can’t go faster than the speed of light, Spock.
It’s Safe: Every single packet of data gets encrypted en route to Taxville.
It’s Easy: Just push the button. Now. Yes, NOW.