Tax Credits and Deductions for a College Education

College Fund Taxes

Photo: Tax Credits If you were a college student, were paying off student loans, or had a child in college in 2012, remember to check for education-related deductions and credits when you file your taxes this year. The IRS names several available deductions and credits related to college expenses. I’ll break down the options, so […]

Published or Updated: April 21, 2014

Important Facts about Mortgage Debt Forgiveness

Mortgage Debt and Taxes

Photo: 401(K) 2013 If you’ve been through hell and back with your mortgage, having part of that mortgage forgiven by your lender may seem like a blessing. Until tax time, that is. Before the housing market bottomed out and mortgage debt was being forgiven left and right, tax time could be a huge problem for […]

Published or Updated: July 3, 2013

What To Do If You Didn’t Get a W-2

Missing W-2

Didn’t receive your W-2? Here’s what to do. Photo: reallyboring Still waiting on the W-2? You’re ready to prepare and file your taxes ahead of time. Yet each day goes by with no W-2 in the mailbox. It’s actually a problem I encountered this year for the first time. So for those that didn’t get […]

Published or Updated: February 12, 2013

Tax Time Tools and Resources

Tax Tools

Tax time doesn’t have to hurt with these tips, tools, and resources Photo: ChuckHolton Let’s be honest here–tax time sucks. Whether you’re filing business or personal returns (or both), it’s typically very stressful. Even with a CPA, I still spend a ton of time pulling records together, getting the stuff to my accountant, and meeting […]

Published or Updated: February 5, 2013

Quarterly Estimated Taxes: Due Dates and Payment Strategies

Quarterly Estimated Taxes

Due you owe quarterly income tax? If you do, don’t miss the estimated tax deadline. Photo: OhioProgressive There are a lot of things to like about being self-employed. Estimated taxes is not one of them. If you are self-employed, a freelancer, or earn other income that is not subject to withholdings, paying state and federal […]

Published or Updated: January 15, 2013

The 2013 Tax Hike–What You Need to Know

2013 Federal Tax Hike

Taxes to rise for everybody in 2013 (Source: WSJ) As you’ve probably heard by now, our leaders in Washington have reached an agreement on tax hikes for 2013. While higher rates for the wealthy have dominated the news coverage, the deal reached actually raises tax on all workers. While most of the tax hikes hit […]

Published or Updated: January 2, 2013

15 Last Minute Tax moves for 2012

Last Minute Tax Moves

It’s not too late to make some year end tax moves for 2012 With the year coming to a close, now is a good time to consider a few last-minute tax moves. This year is particularly challenging because the chuckleheads in Washington can’t seem to get their act together with tax policy. While taxes are […]

Published or Updated: December 29, 2012

What is the Saver’s Tax Credit?

Uncle Sam

One of the most overlooked tax credits is also one of the best. If you qualify for this credit, the government actually pays you to contribute to your retirement account. It’s called the Saver’s Credit (officially the “Retirement Savings Contributions Credit”), and it’s one you don’t want to miss. The Saver’s Credit is designed to […]

Published or Updated: December 23, 2013

Is a Donor-Advised Fund Right for You?

Donor-Advised Funds

Donate stock to charity through a donor-advised fund Photo: opensourceway My wife and I just opened a donor-advised fund. If you’ve been a long time reader of the Dough Roller, you know from my 2007 investing update that we’ve been considering this alternative to charitable giving for a long time. Today we’ll look at why […]

Published or Updated: April 21, 2014