Marginal Tax Rate VS Effective Tax Rate – Why You Need to Know the Difference

Marginal vs effective tax rates

Pop Quiz – What’s your effective tax rate for 2014? How about your marginal tax rate?

Don’t worry if you’re not sure.

Truth is most of us have no idea what either our marginal or effective income tax rates are.

They only seem to matter at income tax filing time, usually appearing as supplemental numbers in a computer generated income tax return.

One of the reasons we tend not to track these numbers is because they’re calculations, which for the most part, have no immediate relevance to us, but also because of complications in calculating them.

Because we have a progressive income tax system — tax rates rise with income — and because there are multiple taxes, the actual numbers can be difficult to calculate. In addition, each rate can change from one year to the next or from complications in the tax code.

We have two tax rate classifications then, marginal tax rate and effective tax rate.

Keep reading and you’ll learn the difference between the two as well as why it’s important to know the difference between them.

What is the marginal tax rate and the effective tax rate and how and when do they apply?

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Tax Time: Are You Reporting Your Income? Different Tax Forms to Look For

Income tax forms that report your income.

For many, income reporting at tax time is fairly straightforward.

You get a W-2, there’s your income.  The IRS gets a copy of the W-2, your state gets a copy, and you keep a copy for yourself.  Your income is reported on this form, and you don’t have to worry a great deal about other income reporting.

However, in a world that increasingly provides opportunities to earn money from side hustles and investments, reporting income has become a little more complex.

It can be tempting to avoid reporting income to the IRS, but it’s important to remember that failure to report your income is illegal, and can result in fines and penalties and even criminal charges.

As the IRS works to recapture some of the revenue it feels it has been losing lately, you should understand that more people are reporting your income to the IRS than before.

So you need to be on your toes.

See What Income Tax Forms Report Your Income That You Need to Keep an Eye Out For

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H&R Block At Home™ Online Tax Prep Software – Review

H&R Block Online Tax Prep Review

H&R Block Online Tax Prep Review

With more then 55 years in business, H&R Block is one of the most recognized tax preparation companies. Their do-it-yourself tax preparation with their online software, is one of the easiest ways to get your taxes done fast and accurately.

H&R Block online has a variety of support features and guarantees, making doing your taxes yourself worry free and simple.

Features of H&R Block Online Tax Prep Software:

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Shoeboxed Review – Organize Your Receipts for Tax Time and More

Shoeboxed Review

Whether you’re looking to do some cleaning, looking to go green or paperless, or just want to get a little more organized, Shoeboxed.com can help you.

Imagine this…

You’re getting ready to finally do your taxes. Besides all the tax forms you need you also have to put together your receipts. But where are they?

If you’re like most people they are piled up someplace, like a shoebox, waiting to be organized. Or they are spread out all over the place and you hope you can find each and every receipt.

Not fun.

Shoeboxed offers a service where you can send in your papers/receipts that you want a digital copy of, they’ll extract the data for you, and it’s all available in your own account.

They also allow you to scan in receipts yourself so you have one place to keep everything.

Read on in our review and you’ll see what Shoeboxed is all about and how it can help keep you organized for tax time and more!

And make sure you look for the special offer I worked out with Shoeboxed for Free From Broke readers!!

How Shoeboxed Works

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Where Can I Get IRS Tax Forms (or Where Can I File Free)?

Where to get tax forms.

Remember when you used to get a package of small booklets in the mail at the beginning of the year?  

They had those real thin pages, like newspaper and there would be official computer forms included.

Well those packets, your IRS 1040 tax forms for the previous year, haven’t been mailed out since 2011.

According to the IRS, fewer and fewer taxpayers have been receiving tax packages in the mail in recent years. In fact, in 2010 only 8 percent of individuals who files taxes received tax forms in the mail.

Wow, have times changed!
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What is VITA – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (You Might Get Free Tax Preparation)

VITA can help you prepare your taxes for free.

Many people would like help with their tax returns, but don’t know how they can afford to employ the services of a tax professional.

It’s true that some of the major income tax preparation services advertise that they will file your taxes for free, but this isn’t always the same as preparing them; in many cases you can only have the 1040-EZ prepared for free.

If your taxes are a little more complicated than a 1040-EZ, yet you don’t feel like you can afford to have an accountant or other tax professional help you prepare your Form 1040, you do have a place to turn.

The IRS sponsors a program designed to help those who make less than $53,000 a year prepare and file their taxes — the VITA, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Read on and see if VITA can help you prepare your taxes and get free tax filing.

What is the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

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5 Reasons Getting a Large Tax Refund is Bad

Why getting a large tax refund is bad.

The stress of doing your taxes is over.

You filed all of your forms and to your joy you’re getting back a tax refund.  And it’s a nice sized one too!

It’s awesome, right?

Not so fast.

Getting a lump sum payout after filing your taxes feels great.  But I’m going to show you that it may not be as great as you think.  There are better ways you can use your money (and it is your money).

Read On as I Tell You 5 Reasons a Large Tax Refund is Bad.

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