Secrets To Understanding And Filling Your Taxes Like A Pro!
If you own a home, you can reduce your income by adding in the interest that you paid on your mortgage. This is taken off along with any points associated with your mortgage value. Charitable contributions The trick with charity is that you really do have to give a lot in order to make a difference on your taxes.
You also need to be sure that you are giving to registered charities in order to have it 'count' with the IRS. Make sure that you get the receipts from all of your donations and place the total here. Casualty and theft losses If you were a victim of theft, you might be able to recuperate some of the losses here.
This can be a difficult deduction to justify, so be sure you have the help of a professional tax preparer before you fill in this section yourself. Job expenses Outside of a small business, if you work for someone else and you can deduct costs for supplies associated with your job here. This can also include education costs associated with getting more training for your job or for a future job in which you could make more money. While tax credits can't help you to increase your refund, they can eliminate the tax you owe. Various tax credits that you can take off of individual taxes include:
Hope tax credit/Lifelong Learning Credit This is a tax credit that helps people who are returning to school pay for their costs.
Elderly tax credit If you are 65 or older, you can qualify for this credit. You can also help reduce your overall taxes by:
Getting the alternative energy tax credit for installing certain environmentally friendly energy producers When you install solar panels and begin to create your own source of energy, it's the law that anything additional you make can be sold to the local energy companies for a profit.
Talk with a CPA or a tax professional about how this can work in your favor. Not only are you cutting down on your energy costs, but the tax breaks come from the initial investments you make in the very expensive equipment.
Buying a hybrid car While these deductions are slowly being phased out, you might want to still check to see if you can qualify with your hybrid car purchase or upgrades.
Paying interest on your student loans If you began to pay off your student interest before you were out of school, you were doing yourself a tax favor. In addition, if you are making payments that not only attack the principle, but also the interest, the interest payments are all deductible.
The government will send you a ticket at the end of the year of the total amount.
Investing in your company's 401K plan as this cost comes off of your income before taxes While this isn't actually a deduction, when you put money toward a savings plan before taxes, you are reducing the amount of money to be taxed and thus reducing your taxes owed.
Buying into your company's health insurance plan as this cost comes off of your income before taxes This is the same deal as when you pay into your company's 401K plan. Talk with your tax preparer to see what else you might qualify for in order to reduce your taxes.