Considering Your Home Mortgage Tax Deduction

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Many people debate the merits of having a mortgage tax deduction when they file their taxes.

It makes sense to work at lowering your taxable income and getting all of the credits and deductions that you are entitled to, and claiming mortgage interest may be at the top of the list for you. Some homeowners think so much of this deduction that they forgo paying off their mortgage in spite of having enough money to do so. The question becomes whether it makes more sense to keep the savings or eliminate the mortgage debt entirely.

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One example:

Q: I have enough financial resources to pay my mortgage debt in full and still have money left for emergencies. The savings account pays a low interest rate, and I am concerned that paying off my mortgage and losing this deduction will adversely affect me at tax time. I feel that I budget wisely, and I am committed to putting as much money in my retirement account as possible. What would you recommend?

Singletary: I would advise you to pay off your mortgage, but with the following caveat.

Review the items on your return, and remember that a tax credit is different than a mortgage deduction. Tax credits lower your taxable income, and deductions eliminate percentages of your tax obligation. You may pay more in taxes if you do not have a mortgage, but this amount may be much lower that you would pay in annual interest on your home loan. Keeping a mortgage just for a possible tax break does not make sense in the long run.

The caution about eliminating your mortgage refers to using your savings in the current economic climate. You should consider things like your job security, your health, and your ability to find work if you lost your job before you take steps to pay off your mortgage. You cannot predict when you may need an emergency fund of available cash, and tying up your money into your home equity may force you to borrow against your home or sell it. If you can continue to save for retirement and sustain a proper emergency fund, then I would recommend taking the steps to pay off your mortgage.

The Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction Is Being Eliminated

The mortgage interest tax deduction is going to be ditched. The president and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association, David Stevens, said the MBA is not religiously wed to the deduction. He said this is as long as any change is part of a tax reform proposal that is comprehensive and not just a one-off change.

Almost 44 million taxpayers deducted around $72 billion in mortgage interest from taxes, ending in the year 2014. However, by 2019, that figure may go up as high as $96 billion. This means this will be the largest tax breaks that individuals have ever taken.

Homebuyers who are middle-class benefit the most, as around 43% of taxpayers had adjusted gross incomes between $100K to $200K. Another 40% made less than $100K.

In the past, the MBA appeared to oppose attempts to reduce the deduction or to eliminate it. The statements by the CEO shows they are departing previous opposition.

An Important Guide On Filing Taxes Online

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An agreement between a group of private companies that produce tax filing software,the Free File Alliance, and the IRS has made it very easy to file your taxes. The companies have availed their software to be used at absolutely no charge. This has resulted in over 40 million people turning to filing taxes electronically because of the ease and safety associated with this method. When you file your returns electronically, you also benefit from being able to receive your refund faster than those who have to go through a lot of paperwork.

In order to use the Free File software, you need to visit the IRS website (www.IRS.gov). Here, you will have to choose the preferred program for preparation, printing and filing of your taxes returns.

The free File software employ numerous techniques to help you accomplish the task. The use of questions and answers is a very common technique used in order for the software to determine the tax forms to be use before it goes ahead and computes the required calculations. This way, you can also identify tax breaks and tax credits that can be claimed.

In case your revenue for the previous year was less than $58,000, you can use TurboTax 2014 or Free File forms for anything above that.

When you use Free File, you can easily and freely request for an extension of up to six months in case you are unable to file your taxes by April 15th deadline. Check IRS Publication 17 for details. However, it is advisable to file your taxes by April 15 to avoid penalties and accumulation of interest. You can eliminate the headache and stress associated with filing taxes by choosing to use Free File. It is not only easy but quick. To find out which brand you are eligible for and any other pertinent information, visit IRS.gov/freefile.

Surviving An IRS Audit

Surviving An IRS Audit

An IRS tax audit is requested when the tax filer submits tax information that doesn’t match with that submitted by employers, brokerage firms, banks and other institutions. This document-matching is only one means of identifying tax returns to be audited. The Discriminant Function System (DIF) is a point system the IRS gives each return rating it on its possibility of containing fraudulent information. Informants are still a popular means to detecting who has filed a fraudulent tax return and finally, self-employed persons and persons earning $200,000-1 million are often pursued when their returns appear suspicious.

Any of these circumstances could trigger an IRS audit. IRS Publication 17 is a guide for the individual tax payer that could help them stay off the IRS suspect list. The publication goes over the basics of filing a return. It covers every type of income, adjustments to income, profit gains and losses and deductions. It evaluates deductions and taxes and tax credits. Lastly, it provides a tax table and tax computation worksheet.

By following the IRS Publication 17 closely, the likelihood that you would encounter problems with your taxes dwindles significantly. An audit may still occur if mistakes are made or if you persist in being less than honest about your income. Keep in mind, that anything that can be verified will be verified.

If you are confronted with an IRS audit, the first step you should take is to contact your tax preparer, a good tax lawyer and review your returns before the actual audit. Avoid the IRS discovering improprieties in your returns. Point them out before they are brought to your attention and make compromises where ever possible to mitigate your cost.

Last Minute Tax Tips When Using Turbo Tax

Last Minute Tax Tips

Are you going to use Turbo Tax 2013 to file your taxes this year? Before you head to TurboTax.com, take a moment to read through these tips. With the deadline approaching, you need to know what to do at the last minute to make the filing process successful.

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1. File the Paperwork Electronically

Did you know that Turbo Tax 2013 allows you to e-file your paperwork when you are done? This can save you a lot of time; it really only takes a few minutes. You will instantly submit your tax files so that you do not miss the deadline; you can even do this just hours before the cutoff time.

2. See if You Can Get an Extension

If you’ve been on TurboTax.com and you think you’re going to miss the deadline, you might want to file for an extension. The government will give you – if you are approved, of course – an addition six-month period to file your taxes. Wouldn’t you like to take care of them in October instead of April?

3. Know the Penalties

There are two main penalties that you can get if you use Turbo Tax 2013 or TurboTax.com and you do not get the tax documents in on time. The first is for failure to file, and the second is for failure to pay. Both could cost you up to an additional 25 percent of the total amount that you already owe. However, the IRS often gives extensions for people who have filed and not paid. You should at least get the paperwork in by the deadline, and you could end up avoiding both penalties, even if you don’t have the money to pay the taxes right now.

With these three tips and Turbo Tax 2013, you can reduce what you owe, avoid penalties, and make tax season a lot less stressful than it would be otherwise. The tools at TurboTax.com give you the power to file your taxes successfully without a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), so you’ll actually be able to keep all of the return that you get this year.

Tips For Maximizing Your Return

With The Free Turbo Tax 2013 Software

When you use free Turbo Tax 2013, it is important to make sure that you maximize your return. The free TurboTax software makes this easier than it has ever been before since you will be asked a series of questions about your finances; these questions are much clearer than the labels on the tax documents, so you will really understand what you are being asked and what you need to say. The software will then plug your answers into the right boxes so that you have fully official tax documents with all of the right information in the right boxes.

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Declare Your New Home
One of the best ways to increase your return if you just bought a new home is to list it as your primary residence with the free Turbo Tax 2013 software. You can then get the Homestead Deduction, which can save you hundreds on your state taxes. The free TurboTax program may also be able to help you determine if you deserve a Federal First Time Home Buyer Credit for the year, which can be applied to your Federal taxes, making your one home save you money twice.

Itemize Your Deductions
The free Turbo Tax 2013 software makes it very easy to make a list of your itemized deductions. You should always do this to check and see if the itemized deductions are going to be more than your standard deduction. By using the free TurboTax software to make the list, you can make a wise decision about which deduction will be larger.

Use the Correct Forms
One of the nicest things about the free Turbo Tax 2013 software is that it can help you check to see which form you are using when you enter information. This can make a huge difference. For example, a 1099-MISC form will not include taxes that have already been paid out, so you will be taxed on the totals. A W-2 form, though, will include those taxes that were already deducted, so you may get money back. Use the free TurboTax software to select the type of form that you have so that you do not pay your taxes twice. This way, you actually get all of the money that is owed to you.

Erase the Fees
Finally, the free Turbo Tax 2013 software helps you maximize your return simply because you do not have to pay any fees to a CPA. You can do everything yourself, even if you have never studied accounting or tax law. The free TurboTax software is very easy to use, even for those who are doing their taxes for the first time. By erasing the extra fees, you get to keep all of your return.

Tax Carnival ecstasy – November 13, 2012

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Welcome to the November 13, 2012 edition of Tax Carnival Ecstasy. In this edition we some really good articles including one from Bill Smith who looks at Saving Money and Time On Taxes this coming tax season. John Schmoll examines the Fiscal Cliff and whether we Should We Really be Concerned. Have you ever wondered if the S&P has a Seasonal Pattern? Alex Peters has an article covering the topic. Finally, Dave Leonard wants you to reconsider Paying your Taxes With a Credit Card. Hope you come back soon, like us on Facebook, tweet this post, bookmark and share with y our friends.

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Morris presents Bad Credit Personal Loans: Which Legitimate Companies Will Lend? | Fast Bad Credit Loan Blog posted at Fast Bad Credit Loan Blog, saying, “Bad credit is not something fresh and it has become bad with the worse economic times the country has suffered the past few years. Job losses, illnesses, accidents and other such things have act out a terrible toll on people’s monetary resource.”

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Bill Smith presents Saving Money And Time On Taxes posted at 2010 Tax, saying, “If you are looking for 2010 tax filing with turbo tax, it is very likely that you have experienced some trouble getting your taxes submitted in the past.”

John Schmoll presents Should We Really be Concerned About the Fiscal Cliff? – Frugal Rules posted at Frugal Rules, saying, “There has been a lot in the news lately about the Fiscal Cliff. But, many don’t know what it is all about. Take the time to inform yourself for the potential rollback of tax cuts so you’re not surprised by a big tax bill.”

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Alex Peters presents Does the S&P Has a Seasonal Pattern? posted at TradingAcademy.com, saying, “Is there a seasonal cycle in the stock market and should you invest on those patterns?”

Bill Smith presents Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer–First Earnings posted at FastSwings, saying, “Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer made her first earnings report in October 2012.”

Dave Leonard presents Are You Sure You Want to Pay Taxes With a Credit Card? posted at Credit Card Chaser, saying, “Do you love getting rewards points by using your credit card? Have you ever wondered if you could pay your taxes using a credit card? This post talks about whether or not you are able to pay your taxes using a credit card and some of the hidden facts you need to know if you choose to pay this way.”

[email protected] presents How to Save on Tax? Tax-Advantaged Savings Vehicles posted at NerdWallet, saying, “Get expert opinions on popular tax-advantaged retirement savings vehicles and factors to consider.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of tax carnival ecstasy using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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