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States with No Estate Taxes or Inheritance Taxes

States with No Estate Taxes or Inheritance Taxes

New Mexico Getty Images Overall Rating for Taxes on Retirees: Not tax-friendly. Sales Tax: 5.125% state levy. Localities can add as much as 4.313%, and the average combined rate is 7.83%, according to the Tax Foundation. New Mexico's tax is a gross receipts...

Can You Claim the Home Office Deduction on Your 2020 Tax Return?

Can You Claim the Home Office Deduction on Your 2020 Tax Return?

People working from home because of the pandemic are wondering if they can get a tax deduction out of it. It depends on your employment status. Like millions of other Americans, you may have worked from home a lot last year because the coronavirus closed your office....

When Can You File Your Taxes This Year?

When Can You File Your Taxes This Year?

The sooner you file your tax return, the sooner you'll receive any refund due (and, this year, you might also boost your next stimulus check). That's why some people like to file their return as early as possible. But this year, the IRS won't start accepting 2020 tax...

Tax deductions, no itemizing required, on Schedule 1

Tax deductions, no itemizing required, on Schedule 1

I've always done my taxes. When the hubby and I married, I continued this annual task, now filing our joint return. The only change is that every tax season the hubby periodically peers over my shoulder as I work on our return and chants, "Deduct! Deduct! Deduct!"...

Scammers target tax preparers in new EFIN phishing email

Scammers target tax preparers in new EFIN phishing email

The Internal Revenue Service won't start accepting and processing 2020 tax returns until Feb. 12. Tax professionals, however, have been working of their clients returns since the new year arrived. That means tax criminals also doing their so-called jobs. The...

Save on Child Care Costs

Save on Child Care Costs

The high price of child care is all too familiar to my family. The monthly cost of care for our toddler usually tops $1,000 and is second only to our mortgage payment. More than 70% of parents spend at least 10% of their income on child care, and more than half spend...

Teachers Can Deduct COVID-Prevention Supplies on Their Returns

Teachers Can Deduct COVID-Prevention Supplies on Their Returns

Teachers and other educators can now deduct out-of-pocket expenses for "COVID-19 protective items" on their tax return, thanks to the COVID-Related Tax Relief Act that was passed in December. And the IRS has just issued guidance to help educators determine what is or...

President Biden’s Tax Plans for the Next Few Years

President Biden’s Tax Plans for the Next Few Years

With control of both the House and Senate in Democratic hands, President Biden will be able to get more of his tax agenda through Congress. Here's what could happen in the next four years. by: Andre Falls January 25, 2021 President Joe Biden's tax plans were laid out...

When Can You File Your Taxes This Year?

When Can You File Your Taxes This Year?

If you're an early bird when it comes to filing your tax return, you'll have to wait a little longer this year before the IRS will accept your return. The sooner you file your tax return, the sooner you'll receive any refund due. But this year you'll have to wait a...

$1,400 per person, is in Biden’s COVID relief plan

$1,400 per person, is in Biden’s COVID relief plan

Soon after Joseph R. Biden trades in his former Vice President honorific for President on Jan. 20, the now-Democratic led Congress will take up the 46th Commander in Chief's COVID-19 relief plan. Millions of Americans, even those who didn't vote for Biden and VP-Elect...

Tax statements you need to file your 2020 return

Tax statements you need to file your 2020 return

This is just one of the documents that millions of taxpayers are awaiting so they can file their returns. In addition to tax-related home transactions, the various documents that are or soon will be on their way include documents detailing income, be it from wages,...

Ways the Biden Stimulus Package puts Money in Your Pocket

Ways the Biden Stimulus Package puts Money in Your Pocket

For Americans struggling financially because of the COVID-19 pandemic, President-elect Joe Biden's economic stimulus package would provide welcome relief. On Thursday, Biden released details on his "American Rescue Plan," which is a $1.9 trillion plan designed to...

Reasons Why Your Second Stimulus Check Might Be Delayed

Reasons Why Your Second Stimulus Check Might Be Delayed

The IRS started delivering second-round payments in December. If you're still waiting for your money, here's why your second stimulus check could be late (or never arrive). Did you get your second stimulus check yet? If the answer is "no," then you might be waiting a...

Revised tax deadlines

Revised tax deadlines

I'm feeling a bit like the Internal Revenue Service's appointments secretary, but this Friday, Jan. 15, is a date when many taxpayers need to take action. Yes, I'm talking about the fourth estimated tax payment due at the end of this week, but also about some final...

Replacement direct deposit refunds

Replacement direct deposit refunds

Misdirected direct deposits of COVID-19 economic relief payments are getting a lot of attention. They should. But this is not a new problem. Lost electronic tax refunds happen every filing season.  What is new is the mechanism the Treasury Department established...

50 tax credits & tax deductions you can take in 2020

50 tax credits & tax deductions you can take in 2020

 It’s tax season! While few people want to pay anything at all, there are ways to pay less. Tax deductions and tax credits can help you save money in tax season 2020. Deductions lower your taxable income (and reduces your tax burden), while tax credits are a...

State Tax Departments

State Tax Departments

Need information about the taxes in your state? The links below will take you to your state's tax department Web site. The date next to each link is the state's individual income tax filing deadline so you don't overlook this tax responsibility. Alabama, April 15...