Archive for February, 2014

Advice on Education Tax Credits

Education tax credits can reduce taxes owed dollar for dollar. Both the American Opportunity Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit may be claimed for education expenses including tuition, fees, textbooks, supplies, and equipment required for classes. Expenses such as student insurance, transportation to the educational institution, and personal expenses cannot be claimed for the purposes of either credit. American […]

Tips on Claiming the Child and Dependent Care Credit

If someone has paid for the professional care of a disabled adult dependent, or if he/she has paid for childcare for a qualifying dependent child who was 12 years of age or younger, he/she is probably eligible to receive a significant tax credit – the Child and Dependent Care Credit. This tax credit can earn someone – […]

Advice on Claiming Dependents on One’s Tax Return

Claiming dependents – whether children or adult relatives – on someone’s tax return can provide significant tax benefits to him/her. Each qualifying dependent someone claims is an additional personal exemption. Qualifying dependents of the correct age and relationship to someone may also make him/her eligible for a number of different tax credits, which can save him/her money dollar-for-dollar. These […]

Advice on How to Choose One’s Filing Status

Tax rates and the standard deduction amount that someone can take, are both based primarily upon the tax filing status that he/she chooses. Someone’s filing status depends upon his/her marital status on the last day of the tax year, as well as whether or not he/she has a qualifying dependent (for Head of Household status). […]