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Tax Tips for Hobbies that Earn Income

Millions of people enjoy hobbies such as stamp or coin collecting, craft making, and horse breeding, but the IRS may also consider them a source of income. As such, if you engage in a hobby that provides a source of income, you must report that income on your tax...

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Reporting Gambling Income and Losses

If you gamble, these tax tips can help you at tax time next year: Here's what you need to know about figuring gambling income and loss. 1. Gambling income. Income from gambling includes winnings from lotteries, raffles, horse races, and casinos. It also includes cash...

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Special Tax Relief: Hurricanes Harvey, Irma & Maria

Key tax relief provisions are now available for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. This tax relief applies to individuals and businesses anywhere in Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, as well as parts of Texas. A key component of this tax...

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Now is the Time to Review Withholding Allowances

With less than three months remaining in the calendar year, now is a good time to double check your federal withholding to make sure enough taxes are being taken out of your pay. Most people have taxes withheld from each paycheck or pay taxes on a quarterly basis...

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Tax Planning for Small Business Owners

What is Tax Planning? Tax planning is the process of looking at various tax options to determine when, whether, and how to conduct business transactions to reduce or eliminate tax liability. Many small business owners ignore tax planning. They don't even think about...

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What you need to know about the Equifax Data Breach

Background: What is Equifax? Equifax is one of three major U.S. credit reporting bureaus. The other two are TransUnion and Experian. There is also a smaller, less well-known credit-reporting agency called Innovis (aka CBCInnovis) that operates slightly different in...

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It’s Time for a Premium Tax Credit Checkup

If you or anyone in your family receive advance payments of the premium tax credit, now is a good time to check on whether you need to adjust your premium assistance. Because advance payments are paid directly to your insurance company (thereby lowering out-of-pocket...

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Seven Facts about Dependents and Exemptions

Some tax rules affect everyone who files a federal income tax return. With that in mind, here are seven facts about dependents and exemptions that taxpayers should know about. 1. Exemptions lower your income. There are two types of exemptions: personal exemptions and...

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A Name Change Could Affect your Taxes

Did you know that a name change could impact your taxes? Here's what you need to know: 1. Report Name Changes. Did you get married and are now using your new spouse's last name or hyphenate your last name? Did you divorce and go back to using your former last name? In...

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