Category: Tax and Life Changes

Life changes and your taxes go hand in hand; believe it or not. That being said, it’s easy to forget about your tax return as a newlywed or when you’re welcoming a newborn into the family. Be aware that many of these changes also make you eligible for deductions and credits on your tax return. In some cases, you may need to update your W-4 form as well. PriorTax will keep you up to date on what to do when these life changes occur. You won’t be left in the dark.

Check back here for answers to your questions about how these changes affect your taxes.

 

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What is a 1098-T Form?

Posted by Manisha Hansraj on February 27, 2019
Last modified: February 28, 2019

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Unfortunately, education isn’t free for some students.

If you’re a college student, parent, guardian or anyone paying out-of-pocket for tuition, fees, and required course materials needed for enrollment, you will receive a Form 1098-T. This tuition statement form reports all of your transactions, which means the payments you make to your school.

What does a 1098-T statement look like?

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Time to E-file Your 2018 Taxes!

Posted by Manisha Hansraj on December 28, 2018
Last modified: February 7, 2019

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Are you preparing for the 2019 tax season?

The new 2018 tax return is circulating the web so now we know what it looks like.

Here’s how to be ahead of the game.

Here’s what you need to know

Mark your calendar or set a reminder on your phone because there are some important dates to remember. (more…)

Instructions for Filing the New 2018 Form 1040!

Posted by Manisha Hansraj on December 24, 2018
Last modified: January 8, 2019

2018 form 1040

The IRS finally released the new 2018 tax return.

You’ll see some obvious changes in the new tax return. But first, here’s a breakdown of how to report your tax information.

Keep reading to find out how filing this upcoming tax season will be different.

Introducing Schedules 1 – 6

Form 1040 will be shorter than the previous form because the IRS consolidated tax information into separate schedules. That being said, all additional income and adjustments to income have moved to Schedule 1, taxes moved to Schedule 2, nonrefundable credits moved to Schedule 3, other taxes moved to Schedule 4, other payments and refundable credits moved to Schedule 5, and foreign addresses/third party designee’s moved to Schedule 6.

Here’s how you will be reporting this information. (more…)

How are Charitable Deductions Affected by the TCJA?

Posted by Manisha Hansraj on November 27, 2018
Last modified: November 27, 2018

Generosity has its perks, or rather its tax benefits.

Keep in mind, taxpayers are able to easily itemize once they exceed their standard deduction. This typically happens by taxpayers claiming charitable donations along with any expenses they have. It then becomes greater than their standard deduction. However, the standard deduction is twice the amount for 2017.

Due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), taxpayers who itemize may face some difficulties next year.

Read on to find out what you can do to be prepared for next year!

“Bunching,” a word that people can’t stop talking about.

If you’re surfing the web for information on charitable donations, you might run into the term, “bunching.” It may be confusing, so we’re here to clear it up for you. (more…)

Cyber Monday is HERE, with some sales tax…

Posted by Manisha Hansraj on November 26, 2018
Last modified: November 26, 2018

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We’ll surf through crowds to get our hands on the newest flatscreen tv.

Like most Americans, we rush to get deals on Black Friday, or even better Cyber Monday. However, taxpayers rely heavily on Cyber Monday to buy the items they have on their wishlist because if an online retailer doesn’t have a physical presence in our state, we’re not required to pay any sales tax.

Nonetheless, consumers might notice a difference in the amount in their sales tax (depending on where they live) because of a Supreme Court ruling passed in June 2018.

E-commerce retailers are now required to collect sales tax from online purchases.

Prior to this, online retailers did not have to collect sales tax if they did not have a physical presence in your specific state. (more…)

When is the Deadline to File Taxes for 2018?

Posted by Manisha Hansraj on September 19, 2018
Last modified: November 28, 2018

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Am I too late to file my 2017 taxes?

For taxpayers who are receiving a refund, there’s absolutely nothing to worry about! The IRS does not attach penalties to late returns that have refunds. On the other hand, if you had a tax due to the IRS, you must have paid your taxes to the IRS by the tax deadline which was April 17, 2018 or you will be subject to penalties.

Read on to find out the steps you need to take in order to file your return.

Can I still E-file?

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Can I pay my federal taxes with a credit card?

Posted by Manisha Hansraj on September 10, 2018
Last modified: September 18, 2018

Can you pay federal taxes with credit card

The IRS can’t directly accept credit card payments due to tax laws.

However, they can accept payments through a third-party processor. For example, online tax preparation companies are third-party processors since they are designated by a merchant to handle transactions for merchant acquiring banks. They can then assist you in making your credit card payment towards your tax bill to the IRS.

Here’s what you need to be prepared for when you plan on using the credit route.

There are no flat fees when using your credit card.

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New Tax Plan: Trump’s Six Big Changes

Posted by admin on May 23, 2017
Last modified: May 31, 2017

Is Trump’s new tax plan making filing simpler, or is it really just a helping hand for the wealthy?

We’re reminded daily of the new guy in town…or office. Whether that reminder comes from seeing his face on a t-shirt or a protester’s sign outside your office window is a different story. Let’s put the opinions aside for a moment, shall we? If all goes according to Trump’s proposal, many changes will be taking place in the tax world. Here’s a breakdown of Trump’s new tax plan.

There will only be three tax brackets.

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Obamacare VS. Trumpcare: 3 Ways Taxes Will Be Affected

Posted by admin on April 14, 2017
Last modified: May 31, 2017

Obamacare made it through the election. Will it stay on your tax return?

Every new president brings on a new aura for Americans to bask in, and while emotions run high, opinions begin to surface. Suddenly, cheerful holiday dinners turn into political debates. Some chime in while the rest of us are just trying to decide between pecan pie or pumpkin. One debate is the replacement of Obamacare, or the American Health Care Act. Lately, we’ve introduced a new word into our vocabulary that will likely stick; TrumpCare

 

Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for Over-the-Counter Medicine

According to the IRS in 2011, under the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), “Distributions from health FSAs and HRAs will be allowed to reimburse the cost of over-the-counter medicines or drugs if they are purchased with a prescription.” This will remain accurate until Obamacare is no longer in effect. However, there are limits to the Flexible Spending Account. For example, the pre-tax dollars you can have contributed to your account adjusts each year depending on inflation. The FSA limit is currently $2,500. (more…)

1099-C Defined: Handling Past Due Debt

Posted by Michelle O'Brien on November 15, 2016
Last modified: December 21, 2016

So you’ve accrued a bit of debt. It’s not the end of the world.

Debt is stressful, overbearing and can build up quickly. When this happens, you may need to eliminate it altogether. In a situation when you need to cancel your debt completely, you would contact your creditor and they’d issue you form 1099-C, as shown below.

What is form 1099-C?

The 1099-C is also known as the Cancellation of Debt. The most common reasons that you would receive this form are as follows:

  • You’ve not made any payment on a debt for at least three years and there has been no collection activity for the past year.
  • You negotiated a settlement to pay your debt for less than the amount you owed and the lender/creditor forgave the remaining amount.
  • You sold a home in a short sale where the lender/creditor agreed to accept less than the full amount due to them
  • You’ve owned a home that entered into foreclosure with a deficiency (the difference between the value of the home and your debt on it) which was forgiven or remains unpaid.

What does each box on the 1099-C mean?

Tax forms, in general, are intimidating to most of us. The tricky language and minuscule text paired with our immediate panic can send anyone into a frenzy. Let’s break this form down box by box and see if all your questions can’t be answered. (more…)