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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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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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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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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  However, if the money is withdrawn for non-qualified expenses or if there is money left over to be withdrawn after all expenses are paid this is considered taxable income.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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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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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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Are Home Improvement Projects Tax Deductible?

Are Home Improvement Projects Tax Deductible

Bedford, NH Homeowner Has Questions

Homes that are used solely for personal use cannot have the cost of home improvement projects deducted.  However, if down the road you sell your home for a profit the money paid for home deductions can be deducted from this profit.  This ends up being less of a profit that will be taxed when the home is sold.  If part of the home is used for business and this area is affected by the renovations, you can deduct 100% of this cost.

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What to Do If You are Missing Tax Paperwork

Missing Tax Paperwork

Amherst, NH Resident Worries

While employers and institutions have a deadline for sending out tax paperwork, there are plenty of reasons it may fail to get into your hands.  Whether lost in the mail, misplaced or some other event, the best step is to contact the issuer of the document.  They may be able to send a duplicate copy right away.  If you are still not having any luck getting the missing document, you can call the IRS.  Providing information to the IRS about the document in question will make sure that you are covered when you go to file your taxes.

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Will Your Business PPP Loan Be Tax Deductible?

How Will the Stimulus Package Affect Your Taxes

Amherst, NH Business Owner Has Concerns

Businesses who took advantage of the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) can breathe a sigh of relief.  Legislators have decided money from the PPP will allow for the deduction of expenses.  This means that businesses will not lose any tax deductions that were expected because money was paid using the PPP loans.  This is big news for businesses and a huge relief of a potentially hefty tax burden.

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Long and Short-Term Capital Gains Tax

Milford, NH Resident Looks for Insight

Short-term capital gains come from selling capital assets that have been owned for less than one year.  The tax rate for this money is equal to your ordinary tax rate.  Long-term capital gains are typically taxed lower than short-term.  In 2020 this tax rate was either 0%, 15% or 20%, depending on your annual income.  Selling stock, land or a business that has been in your possession for less than a year will significantly increase the amount of taxes you pay on these gains.

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