How to Adjust Your Tax Withholdings for a $0 Return

Tax Withholding

It’s still early in the new year, and certainly early enough if you’d like to adjust your tax withholdings to a more accurate number. Most of us are aware that we can do that simply by filling out IRS Form W4 with our employers. The form enables you to adjust your income tax withholding by […]

Published or Updated: February 21, 2015

FreeTaxUSA Review

taxfreeUSA

FreeTaxUSA is an online tax preparation website that enables you to Prepare, Print & E-file your taxes free. At least that’s true in regard to filing your Federal income tax return. This looks to be a pretty solid, if not spectacular, online tax preparation software. Let’s take a closer look. Who and What is FreeTaxUSA? […]

Published or Updated: February 19, 2015

How to Determine if You’ll Owe the Obamacare Penalty Tax

Obamacare Penalty Tax

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was the biggest overhaul in the US healthcare system since the implementation of Medicare in 1965. It is an attempt to expand health care coverage to the entire population, as well as to eliminate traditional barriers, such as pre-existing conditions. These benefits, however, do not come without cost. One of […]

Published or Updated: February 19, 2015

The Cheapest Tax Software of 2015–TurboTax vs TaxAct vs H&R Block

The Cheapest Tax Software of 2015

There are three major tax preparation software packages on the market that most do-it-yourself tax preparers will use – TurboTax, TaxACT and H&R Block. Comparing these three options to find the cheapest can be a real chore.  Each has several editions with varying features. As a result, it is important to compare competing editions between […]

Published or Updated: February 8, 2015

A Guide to Tax Loss Harvesting & Robo Advisors

Tax Loss Harvesting and Robo Advisors

Tax loss harvesting is one of the few free lunches in the world of investing. With a little planning, you can reduce or even eliminate your capital gains in any given year. In some cases, you may also get a deduction from ordinary income of up to $3,000. Tax Loss Harvesting, sometimes abbreviated TLH, has come […]

Published or Updated: January 18, 2015

Marginal vs Effective Tax Rates–What You Need to Know

Investing Taxes

Several readers have recently emailed me about Roth retirement accounts. The questions that have arisen include the difference between marginal tax rates and effective tax rates. It’s an important topic that we’ll cover in two articles. In this article we’ll walk through the difference between marginal and effective tax rates. In the next article we’ll […]

Published or Updated: May 24, 2014

5 Tax Moves to Make Now (Yes, After Tax Day)

5 Tax Moves After April 15

With April 15th behind us, taxes are probably the last thing on your mind. They shouldn’t be. If you only think about taxes at the beginning of April, you’re missing out. Making the right tax moves now – even after tax day – will help improve your tax situation next year. At a minimum, planning […]

Published or Updated: April 22, 2014

9 Tax Changes in 2014 You Don’t Want to Miss

2014 Tax Changes for Individuals

Every year, the IRS updates tax codes to reflect changes in the cost of living. Recently, the IRS announced tax law changes for 2014. Many of these relatively minor changes could affect you in the coming tax year. Remember, these 2014 tax changes affect the tax year 2014, so you won’t see these changes reflected […]

Published or Updated: March 17, 2014

2 Education Related Tax Changes You Don’t Want to Miss in 2014

Education related tax changes 2014

Each year when the IRS releases tax law changes, everything from the basic tax brackets to retirement account limits change. And these changes affect many credits and deductions, including education-related tax credits, such as the Hope Scholarship and American Opportunity Tax Credit. In 2014, some of these credits are going up, so you can claim […]

Published or Updated: March 6, 2014