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Do Unemployment Benefits Affect Your Tax Return?

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If you recently lost your job, filing for unemployment benefits is one of the first things you will need to do. Receiving unemployment benefits can help you to get by financially as you search for new employment. However, there are tax consequences related to unemployment benefits. You need to know what you will pay in taxes for the unemployment benefits you receive to make sure you can afford to pay your taxes.

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Does Owing The IRS Affect Your Credit?

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How Paying Tax Can Affect Your Credit Score

When you are focused on improving your credit, paying on time and avoiding high amounts of debt will help you build a great credit rating. If you are not paying your taxes, or you use personal loans or credit cards to pay your taxes, your tax bill is something that could have a devastating impact on your credit rating. Missing a deadline for tax payments to the IRS could even result in a tax lien.  Here are some ways taxes can affect your credit:

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Gluten-Free? You Might Qualify for a Tax Deduction!

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As a person living with Celiac Disease, it probably took you a long time—maybe even years—to get a diagnosis of this condition, which prevents the body from processing and digesting the protein gluten. In recent years, the push to recognize the importance of a gluten-free diet has vindicated many people suffering from Celiac Disease. With so many restaurants and grocery stores selling foods marketed specifically toward the gluten-free set, it has become easier for people to live with this...

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Keep These in Mind for Next Year – Tax Deductions You Might Have Missed

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Tax Deductions You Might Have Missed

Tax season has passed us by, but it’s not too early to start looking for ways to maximize your refund or limit your tax liability next year. There are dozens of interesting and unique tax deductions you might’ve missed. Below you can take a look at some of the more unique deduction opportunities that may be available to you.

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Which States Are Tax-Friendliest?

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Top “Tax-Friendly” States

If you’re willing to relocate, you can save quite a bit of money on taxes. By shopping around from state to state, you can save significant amounts on your bill for business or personal taxes. According to Entrepreneur, individuals can save 10% to 30% simply by moving. States and municipalities set widely different tax rates on personal income, gas, property and sales. Your business could enjoy major savings in a different state.

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Wondering What to Do with Your Tax Refund? Invest It!

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Invest Your Tax Refund & Get The Most Bang For Your Buck

As the tax filing deadline of April 15th has come and gone, many of us are giving big sighs of relief that it’s all over—at least for now. If you were lucky enough to get some money back this tax season, you’re probably wondering what to do with it. Shopping spree? Vacation? While those ideas certainly sound like fun, the truth is that you’ll be best off investing it. After all, it’s not found money—it was your money to begin with....

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What NOT to Do on Your Taxes

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Mistakes to avoid on your taxes

Filing taxes is a painstaking process for almost everyone and every year, without fail, many returns full of mistakes are sent in to the IRS. In fact, mistakes are extremely common on tax returns, with an error rate of 50 percent; on self-prepared returns, according to the Government Accountability Office. There is a near-infinite number of things that can be done wrong on tax returns, from simple computational errors to missing out on deductions. Knowing...

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What Same-Sex Couples Need to Know About Filing Their Taxes

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Same-Sex Marriage & Taxes

When the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2013, the U.S. government was compelled to recognize at the federal level same-sex marriages from any state where they’ve already been legalized. Nevertheless, no matter if you live in a state where same-sex marriage is recognized, partially recognized, or illegal, taking on the challenge of tax returns can be difficult. From the filing process itself to understanding how...

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Tax Records You Should Keep – And the Ones You Can Toss

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The filing deadline for 2014 tax returns is April 15, 2015. Because the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can audit tax returns for up to three years after the tax filing deadline, you should plan to keep your tax returns from 2012, 2013, and 2014 after this year’s tax filing deadline. In most cases, you can safely discard your returns from 2011 and earlier. However, If you are self-employed or feel that you have a complex tax situation, it is wise to keep your records for up to six years. That is...

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More Last Minute Tax Tips

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Countdown To April 15th

As the the clock approaches midnight on the 2015 tax season, many taxpayers still haven’t filed their tax return yet.  While procrastination is common for many when it come to filing taxes, this year we are seeing a higher number of last minute filers.  The winter was brutal on the east coast; extreme cold & snow produced more tax hibernators than in years past.  Wage documents like W2s & 1099s were issued extremely late (And when they were finally issued, many were...

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