Education expenses can be claimed as a tax credit on an itemized return, but under what circumstances? For instance, does a long-term course of study as an electrician count as a 4-year post-grad program?
According to income tax experts H&R Block, the American Opportunity Credit, or AOC, may be claimed by individuals who are working toward an educational credential such as a certificate or bachelor’s degree. That’s it.
Filing Your 2011 Taxes Online
Every year, many people race to tax preparation offices to have their annual taxes prepared, making sure to beat the April 15 deadline. Long waits and high fees are common, and many people find getting their taxes done a chore. Preparing your own taxes can save you time, money and hassle.
Even if you have never prepared your own taxes, you will find filing your 2011 taxes online simple and easy. Online tax prep programs provide you with step by step instructions and guide … Read more at 2011 Tax.
2011 Federal Tax Deductions
Everyone is looking for deductions for their 2011 federal tax situation. We’ve all heard of the mortgage deduction, the medical deduction, and even deductions for owning an electric car–but are those all the deductions you can find? It’s important to know all the deductions, so you can maximize your own personal benefits this tax season. There are many “unique” deductions that are perfectly legitimate that most individuals probably are not even aware exist. These deductions have been used in the past and are still on the books. Perhaps they might even help you this tax season. … Read more at 2011 Tax.
If you want a tax credit for retirement savings contributions, you might be able to get it if you already make eligible contributions to your company sponsored plan. It all is based on how old you are and how much you are earning.
How much you can get back
Should you be making eligible contributions to an IRA, 401k or another retirement plan, it might be possible to get a credit of as much as $1,000-$2,000 if you are married and filing together. The credit is based on a percent of the contribution amount. The lower your income, the … Read more at 2011 Tax.
The law requires you to complete a tax return when you have income above a designated amount. The amount varies according to your age, filing status and income type. However, even if you are not required to file, you might benefit as you could get a refund if taxes were withheld or you qualify of certain refundable credits.
The IRS website is a helpful resource to see if you should file. The Interactive Tax Assistant on the site can lead you through a several questions to see if you should file. Other information is found on printed tax forms.
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Home Energy Tax Credits: Save Money With Energy Efficient Appliances
Homeowners know that energy bills comprise a hefty chunk of monthly bills, and have recently been getting even higher. Add to that the responsibility many Americans feel toward being more environmentally conscious, and making more green choices becomes a clear choice. The federal government has made this an even easier option by offering a number of home energy tax credits, given to homeowners that choose to save money with energy efficient appliances.
How You’ll Save Money Using More Efficient Appliances
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