Tag: Tax credits

Office Supplies

Milford, NH Resident Has Questions

Self-employed individuals can claim office supplies on their taxes.  This includes printer ink, paper, pens and pencils and other everyday supplies that are used for business purposes.  Individuals that work for an employer are not eligible for this type of deductions.  Instead, you should be able to seek reimbursement from your employer for out-of-pocket expenditures for office supplies.

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What are the Best Ways to Save on Taxes When Paying for College

Hollis, NH Resident Seeks Help

The American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) allows a maximum $2,500 per child per year for those paying for an undergraduate tuition.  This credit can only be used for qualifying expenses that are not being paid with a 529 distribution.  The Lifetime Learning Credit offers a maximum credit of up to $2,000.  The Lifetime Learning Credit is not restricted to undergraduate study and can be used in graduate programs as well.

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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 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  However, if the money is withdrawn for non-qualified expenses or if there is money left over to be withdrawn after all expenses are paid this is considered taxable income.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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Child Tax Credit

Nashua, NH Resident Looks for Clarification

Currently taxpayers can claim a tax credit of $2,000 per child under age seventeen.  The American Rescue Plan raises that amount to $3,600 for children under age six and $3,000 for those between six and seventeen.  This change means additional tax credit per child, and it allows those that are seventeen to now qualify as well.  While the majority of families with minor children will qualify for this additional tax credit, there are income limits that will restrict others.

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What are Itemized Deductions?

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Back to the Basics for this Nashua, NH Resident

Itemized deductions are a range of expenses that are deductible on your taxes.  These include mortgage interest, property taxes, medical and dental expenses that exceed 7.5% of your adjusted gross income, charitable donations and more.  Itemized deductions reduce your taxable income significantly, resulting in less taxes paid and, in some cases, even a lower tax bracket.

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What are the Reasons to Amend a Tax Return?

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Nashua, NH Resident Asks for Advice

Amending a tax return in your favor can give you money back that you had not been entitled to before these changes.  Amendments such as claiming overlooked deductions, IRS rule changes, miscalculations and a corrected 1099 or W2 can all work in your favor, giving you a larger return.  You will want to make changes to past tax returns if there are errors that may be flagged by the IRS, including unreported income.

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