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Your Top Tax Questions About Working Remotely, Answered

Last spring, many of us were asked to leave the office and begin working remotely from home. If you were one of them, you know that presented a lot of issues to be solved as you juggled work and family. It was a tumultuous time, and congratulations for dealing with it powerfully and creating solutions

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The Impact of Stimulus Payments on Your Taxes

What a year 2020 has been! New Year’s celebrations were barely over when the coronavirus turned things into topsy-turvy. But one bright spot for 159 million people was the $1,200 Economic Impact Payment that appeared in their mailbox or checking account.  If you didn’t receive a payment, you may wonder, why? And if you did,

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The Beginner’s Guide to Filling Out a W-4

It’s no secret that the IRS excels at making things complicated. And when you’re busy learning the ropes of a new job, trying to fill out a 4-page W-4 form can be a huge hassle. It’s not a good idea to rush through it, though, because a small mistake now can mean withholding too much

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IRS Reveals List of Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2020

Each year, the IRS publishes the “Dirty Dozen,” a list of tax scams most prevalent during that year’s tax season. This year, with COVID-19 pushing off the federal tax deadline to July 15, the IRS held off publishing the list until early July, and of course, it’s loaded with COVID-19-related scams. Whether you’ve filed for

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Tax Tips for Uber, Lyft, Juno, and Other Ride Sharing Drivers

When you’re a driver for a ride-sharing company such as Uber, Lyft, Juno, the most important thing to understand about your taxes is that you are probably not an employee of Uber, Lyft, or Juno. Drivers for these companies are usually independent contractors, a fact that has tax implications, both at filing time and year-round.   Being

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What’s the Difference Between a Tax Credit and a Tax Deduction?

“Just write it off.” “Go ahead and deduct it.” “I think there’s a tax credit for that.” Although you might have heard or even uttered one of the sentences above, have you ever wondered what it actually means? While both tax deductions and tax credits can save you a significant amount of money on your

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Can I Claim My Girlfriend or Boyfriend as a Dependent?

Are you living with your girlfriend or boyfriend? Have you ever wondered whether or not you could claim him or her on your tax return as a dependent? Like many things in life, it depends. Even if it feels like an awkward thing to wonder, it’s worth the ask. A boyfriend or girlfriend can be

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Seven Steps to a Mid-Year Financial Check-Up

It feels like you just packed away the holiday decorations yesterday, but believe it or not, 2019 is already half over. As we sail into the season of barbecues and beaches, take a few minutes to give yourself a mid-year financial checkup. A small investment of time can spur important changes that can affect your

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