Tax Documents Checklist

                  Do I pay taxes on my unemployment benefits from when I was out of work?

                  Unemployment benefits come from an insurance fund worked out between the federal, state and local governments. When you file for your unemployment benefits, you should be able to choose to have your federal taxes withheld.

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                  At what point should my dependent file his/her own tax return?

                  ou have a child under the age of 19 or under the age of 24 and a full-time student, you should be able to claim the dependent if certain criteria are satisfied. However, the dependent must not provide more than half of their own financial support.

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                  What is the marriage penalty?

                  With marriage and a decision to file a joint tax return, instead of separate individual returns, comes a different set of tax brackets. It is commonly referred to as the marriage penalty when the joint tax filing brackets result in a greater tax liability than the individual brackets would have otherwise created.

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                  If a taxpayer works overseas, do they pay federal taxes on the income? What forms need to be completed?

                  Taxpayers and overseas work

                  Whether you are only spending six months or spending several years working abroad, as long as you remain a US citizen, you must still file a U.S. federal tax return, and in most cases, pay income taxes on the money you earn while abroad.

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                  Bitcoin and tax liability

                  Bitcoin’s tax treatment is different than that of legal tender (dollars). It is subject to tax in the same way the receipt of property is subject to federal tax.

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                  Are all state filing laws the same as federal laws? How do I find out the laws in my state?

                  Taxpayers and overseas work

                  Most states that require a tax return will mimic the federal deadline to file, April 15th, and also the deadline after an extension has been filed, October 15th, however, there are a few states that use different due dates like Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa and Louisiana, so it is very important that you check with your state.

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                  What are capital assets, gains and losses? How do I figure them out?

                  capital gains and home sales 2019

                  When you are able to sell any capital asset for a profit in a given tax year, you are responsible for paying taxes on the capital gain or appreciation in that asset.

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                  Is it still possible to get a tax deduction for charitable giving after the latest tax reform?

                  charitable giving after tax reform

                  When the tax reform was implemented and deductions simplified in 2018, many taxpayers chose to take the increased standard deduction and give up itemizing. However it is still possible to get a deduction for charitable giving.

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                  Are my tips considered earned or taxable income? What if I forget to report some of them?

                  tips and income tax

                  Tips are optional or extra payments given to an employee from a customer. The IRS treats tips the same as wages and other forms of income. Failing to report this or under reporting this may be handled similarly to other forms of tax evasion.

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                  Going to Miss the April 15th Filing Deadline? File an Extension!

                  If you’re not careful, April 15th — the official IRS deadline for filing your federal taxes — can creep up on you.

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