What You Need to Know About Taxes

Most people don't enjoy paying taxes. But the more we know about them the better we can plan for them. Articles here contain information on new tax rules as well as how to save and plan for your taxes.

Free Tax Day Snacks, Giveaways and Deals 2015

Tax day deals and freebies

You got all your forms and receipts together to tackle your taxes.

Did you file everything yet in or are you still procrastinating?

If you are really one of those last minute folks then you better make sure your return is in either electronically by day’s end or post-marked by the end of the day on April 15th (expect the post office to be crowded).

To help everyone get over the tax-day malaise, there are a number of stores that are offering up free tax day snacks, giveaways, and deals.

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File Later Or Fix A Mistake? – Extension of Time to File Taxes vs. Amended Tax Return

Which do you need? Extension of time to file or an amended tax return?

This year, you have until April 15 to file your tax return (some years the date is off).

But that doesn’t mean that you’re ready to file.

You might want a little more time to get things together, or you might need to make changes to an already-filed return.

It is important to understand the difference between a tax extension and an amended return.

Read on and you’ll know for sure which of these 2 choices is right for you.

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Tools to Help Organize Your Taxes

Tools to help you organize your taxes.
This post is part of the TaxACT #BeatTheDeadline blog tour which shares tips on how to make tax time a smooth and easy process before the April 15 deadline. TaxACT provides the tools and guidance to help you confidently file taxes easy and fast. Do your own taxes today at TaxACT. You got this.

When you’re down to the wire at tax time, organization is your best friend.

Your best option is to stay organized year round so that you aren’t scrambling at tax time. There’s not much worse than trying to find a tax document right before you file your taxes or head to the accountant.

Whether you are trying to get organized at the last minute or whether you are looking to stay on top of your taxes the whole year, there are tools to help you.

Read on and you’ll see how easy it can be to keep track of your tax documents throughout the year. Looking for misplaced tax docs is not a stress you need to have!

Here are 5 Great Tools to Help You Organize Your Taxes

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Paying Taxes with a Credit Card: Pros and Cons

Should you pay your taxes with a credit card?

Are you thinking of paying taxes with a credit card?

The thought of clearing a debt with the IRS in one fell swoop is certainly appealing, and if your credit rating is not in good standing in order to obtain a bank loan, that credit card can sure look good.

But is using a credit card to pay taxes a wise decision?

Before we explore the pros and cons of paying taxes with a credit card, let’s examine paying taxes through an installment agreement with the IRS.

First things first, contacting the IRS and working out an installment agreement is one possible option to manage your debt.  Complete the IRS Installment Agreement Request Form 9465.  If you owe $25,000 or less this process can be completed online.  The IRS may allow you up to 60 months to pay your tax debt.  Within 30 days, the IRS should let you know if your request has been approved and what you will be required to pay.
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What is a Refund Anticipation Loan (RAL) and is it Worth It?

What is a refund anticipation loan?

It’s tax season again, and if you’re expecting a tax refund you’ll probably want to get your hands on it as soon as possible.

In the past, taxpayers had to wait weeks upon weeks to receive a paper refund check from the IRS, but people sought a faster alternative.

The answer for millions has been the refund anticipation loan.

This option is offered by some tax preparation firms and is essentially a short-term loan taken out against your anticipated tax refund.

How a Refund Anticipation Loan Works

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What is the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) and How Does It Impact Your Taxes?

What is the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)?

There are few things in the world of taxes more terrifying than the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT).

After taking all of that time with your W-2s, donations, and various deductions the AMT steps in and tells you that none of that matters; you suddenly owe thousands more in tax.

That’s scary enough for me.  Here’s an overview of the Alternative Minimum Tax and what can trigger it to impact your taxes.

What is the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)?

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How to Spend Your Income Tax Refund – 25 Ideas

25 things to do with your income tax refund.

Are you getting a big IRS income tax refund?

It’s always nice to get a nice chunk of change coming back to you, isn’t it?

But what will you be doing with your income tax refund?

I’m not always fond of looking forward to a large refund but they do happen and I know some people love getting them.  If you are getting a large income tax refund then at least put some thought into how you are going to use that money.

Having money in the bank is a great thing and when it’s a sizable amount you can really make some differences with your finances.

I came up with some ideas for a large income tax refund. 

I’ve broken it out into different sections to make it easier for you to find something of interest.  Make sure to read through to the end and add your suggestion in the comments!

25 Ideas for Your Income Tax Refund

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