Common Tax Return Errors

Common Tax Return Errors

Amherst, NH Resident is Careful to Avoid These Mistakes

Filing before you have all your tax documentation is a common mistake.  Without this necessary paperwork finalized, some of the numbers in your tax return may not be accurate.  The 2021 Child Tax Credit statements were mailed at the beginning of the year to families that received this money.  If the money on this statement and that reported on your tax return are not in sync, this will require a manual review by the IRS.  Math errors in your tax return can be a red flag for an audit.  It is important to make sure that your calculations and figures are correct prior to filing.

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How Can Retirement Contributions Lower Your Tax Bill?

Taxes in Retirement

Amherst, NH Residents Looks for Advice

Contributing a portion of your income into a tax-deferred retirement savings account, like an IRA, can reduce your total income.  This may be able to put you into a lower tax bracket, saving money while still putting aside money for retirement.  A 401(k) works much the same way, allowing contributors to defer paying income taxes on contributions.  This can make a big difference for those that are in a high tax bracket, since when the income is withdrawn you will likely be at a much lower tax bracket.

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Tax Documents

Brookline, NH Resident Looks to Plan Ahead

Employers and financial institutions have until January 31st to send your end of year tax documents.  Knowing that this will be coming soon, it is a good idea to keep an eye out for these critical items.  This includes a W2 from employers, 1099-INT and 1099-DIV from financial institutions documenting interest and dividends earned throughout the year, Form 1098 outlining any mortgage interest paid, and additional 1099 forms for other income earned.

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How Does a Stock Sale Affect Your Taxes?

Hudson, NH Resident Seeks Clarity

Stock shares sold from a regular brokerage account will be subjected to capital gains tax.  If the assets were owned for less than a year, this is short-term capital gains.  For assets that you have had longer, you will need to pay long-term capital gains on the profit.  Short-term capital gains are typically the same tax rate as your current tax bracket, while long-term capital gains can be anywhere from 0% to 20% depending on your taxable income and filing status.

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What to Do if You Can’t Pay Your Tax Bill

What to Do if You Can’t Pay Your Tax Bill

Hudson, NH Resident Has Concerns

If you cannot pay your tax bill when it is due, the outstanding amount owed will begin to accrue interest and penalties.  If time goes on without any payment to the IRS, they may put liens on your property or garnish your wages.  In extreme cases of tax evasion, violators may be subjected to jail time. 

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Working in Different States Taxes

Hollis, NH Residents Wonders How New Job Will Affect Her Tax Filing

Living and working in different states can pose an interesting challenge when filing taxes.  In most cases you will need to file multiple tax returns, a resident tax return for that state that you live in and a non-resident return for the state where you work.  Filing two separate tax returns does not mean that you will have to pay two separate tax bills.  On your resident state tax return you will report your tax liability from your non-resident tax return.  All states allow filers to claim a tax credit based on taxes paid to other states.

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When Do You Stop Paying Social Security Tax?

Are Social Security Benefits Taxed

Nashua, NH Residents Looks for Answers

Social Security taxes are taken out of an employee’s paycheck in the form of FICA (Federal Insurance Contributions Act).  This tax covers both Social Security and Medicare.  In general, everyone working and earning a paycheck will need to pay this tax.  Very high earners will max out their Social Security contribution before the end of the year, only to have it resume after the new calendar year.  The maximum taxable wage for 2022 is $147,000.  Any income in excess of this will not have the FICA tax withheld.

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Are COVID-19 Tests and PPE Tax Deductible?

Are COVID-19 Tests and PPE Tax Deductible

Nashua, NH Resident Looks for Tax Savings

The IRS has stated that COVID-19 home testing kits can be considered a medical expense under the tax code.  Personal protective equipment (PPE) that is used primarily for preventing the spread of COVID-19 also falls under this tax code.  This includes masks, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes.  However, to be eligible for deducting these items on your taxes the total for all medical and dental expenses must exceed 7.5% of your adjusted gross income.

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Tax Advantages of Real Estate Investing

Amherst, NH Resident Considers Real Estate

When investing in real estate properties, you can deduct the money paid in property taxes, property insurance and mortgage interest on your taxes.  Money that goes to improve or repair a rental property can be deducted from your taxes as well.  This will greatly reduce the taxable income that you make from your rental property, making this a more lucrative investment.

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Wednesday: 9AM-4PM
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Tuesday: 9AM-5PM
Wednesday: 9AM-5PM
Thursday: 9AM-5PM
Friday: 9AM-4PM
Saturday: 9AM-2PM