How to Prepare Your Taxes for an Income Increase

How to Prepare Your Taxes for an Income Increase

Milford, NH Resident Expects a Big Bonus

Any significant changes to your annual income can push you to the next tax bracket.  This means that the additional money received may be taxed at a higher rate.  The good news is that the original income that you were anticipating throughout the year will not be taxed at a higher rate.  The federal tax system in the United States is progressive, which means as your income increases only these additional portions that exceed the limits of a current tax bracket are taxed at a higher rate.

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How Will the Child Care Deduction Affect Your Taxes?

How Will the Child Care Deduction Affect Your Taxes

Nashua, NH Resident Looks for Answers

Child tax credit payments began over the summer and will continue through the year for qualifying families.  When you go to file your 2021 taxes, you will only be eligible for half of the normal child care credit because the other half was already received throughout the second half of 2021.  Since the deduction is based off of your 2020 income, a significant increase in your income may leave you owing some of the money back to the IRS if it exceeds the thresholds set. 

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How Will Receiving a Large Sum of Money Affect Your Taxes

Amherst, NH Resident Looks for Answers

If you receive a large sum of money, the tax rate will depend on why you received the money.  Money that is received through the lottery or other winnings is generally taxed at your standard tax rate.  When the windfall is received because of selling real estate properties or a business, the rate will usually fall under the long-term capital gains rate, if the assets have been in your possession long enough.  Money received as an inheritance may be subject to the inheritance tax depending on the state you live in.  New Hampshire does not have an estate tax.

An Amherst resident recently received a large amount of money from his employer.  Concerned about how this would affect his taxes at the end of the year, he sought the advice of Merrimack Tax Associates.

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Taxes in Retirement

Hudson, NH Resident Seeks Guidance

A tax-deferred account offers immediate tax deductions for the full amount of the contribution.  Future withdrawals from a tax-deferred account are taxed at your ordinary income rate.  Tax-exempt accounts do not offer any tax benefits at the time of contribution.  However, any future withdrawals are tax-free including returns on the investment.

A resident in Hudson was looking for the best way to begin saving for retirement.  Confused about the difference between tax-deferred and tax-exempt accounts, he sought the advice of Merrimack Tax Associates.

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Paying Off a Mortgage

Hudson, NH Homeowner Looks for Advice

The interest paid on a mortgage is tax-deductible.  When you pay off your mortgage, you will no longer be paying interest and will lose this tax deduction. This will make your taxes go up as a result of eliminating this mortgage interest deduction.  Similarly, as you continue to pay your mortgage down over the years the amount of interest paid annually, and the tax deduction that goes along with it, will be reduced.

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Amherst, NH Residents Asks for Help

For each month that your estimated tax payment is due, but not paid, the IRS charges a 0.5% penalty.  As the months go by, this penalty percentage will increase to a maximum of 25% of the taxes owed.  Quarterly estimated tax payments are due April 15th, June 15th, September 15th, and January 15th of the following year.  When the date falls on a weekend, the payment is due the following weekday.  A missed payment is seen by the IRS as an underpayment and is treated as such.

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Are Social Security Benefits Taxed?

Are Social Security Benefits Taxed

Hudson, NH Resident Nearing Retirement Has Questions

If your individual income exceeds $25,000 or $32,000 for couples filing jointly, you must pay taxes on your Social Security benefits.  Any income lower than this, the benefits are not taxed.  Incomes between $25,000 and $34,000 for individuals and $32,000 and $44,000 for joint filers can have up to 50% of their benefits taxed.  If your income exceeds that threshold, up to 85% of your Social Security can be taxed.

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How to Avoid Tax Penalties on a 529

How to Avoid Tax Penalties on a 529

Amherst, NH Parent Has Questions

A 529 is a great way to save for education expenses.  Withdrawals are tax-free when used on qualified education expenses.  However, if the money is withdrawn for non-qualified expenses or if there is money left over to be withdrawn after all expenses are paid this is considered taxable income.  In addition to paying taxes on the leftover amount, you will also incur a 10% penalty for these withdrawals.

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How to Track Your Tax Refund

How to Track Your Tax Refund

Amherst, NH Resident Looks for Answers

The IRS typically issues a tax refund within 21 days of receiving electronically filed returns and 42 days after receiving paper returns.  Mail delivery is taking longer to process so this may be delayed if you are mailing your tax return or are expecting a check by mail as your refund.  The IRS’ web site allows you to track your refund status at Get Refund Status (irs.gov).  You will need your social security and the anticipated refund amount that you are expecting.

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What Are the Tax Benefits of Marriage?

What Are the Tax Benefits of Marriage?

Litchfield, NH Newlyweds Wonder About Their Taxes

Once married, you and your spouse can file taxes jointly, which has a number of tax benefits.  If either one of you makes significantly less income, this can lower your tax bracket and reduce your tax rate.  Combining incomes will bring the partner in the higher tax bracket to a lower level, reducing the couple’s overall tax bill.  There are also more deductions available to married couples filing jointly, including a higher threshold for charitable contributions and residency gain.

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