Do I Qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit

By Top Tax Staff

Tax credits are like “found money” that turns up when you fill out your tax form. Unlike deductions, credits are awarded dollar for dollar. In other words, if you are eligible for a $300 tax credit, you get $300 off your tax bill—kind of like a sale at the grocery store.

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Natural Disaster Tax Relief - Do You Qualify?

By Top Tax Staff

Don’t you think we should all get natural disaster relief after the year we’ve had? If you made it through 2020, you deserve it. Just label the whole year a disaster and give everyone the tax year off.

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Am I Eligible for Tax Abatement?

By Top Tax Staff

Property taxes are a significant portion of the cost of owning real estate, usually one percent to three percent of the home’s value to be paid annually. Since property taxes are permanent, anything that can reduce your tax liability will probably perk your ears right up. So, get your ears ready to perk, because the tax reduction term for today is tax abatement.

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Do You Qualify for a Vehicle Sales Tax Deduction?

By Top Tax Staff

It’s always a good feeling when you can lower your tax burden. One way that may be open to you is through a vehicle sales tax credit. Since a car, boat, or other vehicle is a significant expense, the amount of tax credit could potentially erase your tax payment.

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COVID-19 and Your Taxes in 2020

By Top Tax Staff

The COVID-19 pandemic has pretty much turned the world upside down. In a surprising but welcome move, the IRS has moved Tax Day to July 15, 2020. But that isn’t the only difference COVID-19 makes to your 2020 taxes and tax activity.

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What the Stimulus Package Means for You

By Top Tax Staff

Unusual times call for unusual measures. The federal government passed a $2 trillion (that’s trillion with a “T”) relief act to mitigate the impact of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. 

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How to Maximize Your Tax Savings at the End of the Year

By Top Tax Staff

Sometime before the big, jeweled ball drops on January 1, 2020, you should take some time to maximize your tax savings, not only for 2019 but as a tribute to yourself for 2020. There are only a few weeks left. You need to fit it in between all the holiday prep and celebrations.

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TCJA Changes to Keep in Mind for 2020

By Top Tax Staff

Once again, in 2017, the federal government pledged to simplify the income tax code. And they did…sort of. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 had a lot to unpack. Some things changed. A few stayed the same. It’s a lot to digest, even after filing in 2019. Now seems like a good time to put some of the changes in tax law in one place, plus highlight a few items that differ for filing in April 2020.

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Are You Eligible for Summer Camp and Daycare Tax Credits?

By Top Tax Staff

Daycare and summer camp are two of the main drivers of spending on children under the age of 13 in the United States. According to the American Camp Association, there are more than 14,000 day camps and overnight camps in the U.S., with over 14 million kids and adults attending at their last count in 2013. Over 5 million children under the age of five are in some form of childcare.

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How Does Tax Abatement Work?

By Top Tax Staff

Buying a piece of property is a decision that most residential and commercial buyers do not take lightly. They want to make sure they will get their money’s worth out of the property in which they invest. 

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