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Reverse Mortgages – A Tax Free Income For Senior Citizens

I fully realize if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is and There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch (TANSTAAFL) immediately jumped into your head when you read the title of this article. However, if you are 62 or over, you may have just found the goose that laid the golden egg. A reverse mortgage is exactly what the name implies. Rather than you paying a monthly sum of money to a mortgage company, a mortgage company pays you. There are three types of reverse mortgages and all have ........ Read More

Taxes, Income And Other Ones

The story of American income taxes begins 1812. The 1st attempt to inflict an income tax on Americana occurred as a result of the War of 1812. At the end of two years of war, the federal government owed an unbelievable $100 million of debt (in inflationary terms, it probably had the same impact on the treasury as $100 billion debt would today). To pay for this, the government doubled the rates of its major source of revenue, customs duties on imports. This measure obstructed trade so severely t........ Read More

Why You Should Avoid Paying Income Taxes With A Credit Card

We all agree that the credit card is very convenient. That is why the IRS allows you pay your taxes through it. To sweeten the deal, credit card companies offer rewards in the form of frequent flyer miles. So you can get a free air ticket too. But hang on, is that convenient to your pocket too? Sadly, the answer is no. Disadvantages The IRS has authorized third party companies to process your credit card payments. However, you, the taxpayer has to pay for it. So, every time you use your cre........ Read More

Income Tax Return – Save Money & Take A Cruise!

What do filing an income tax return, saving money and taking a cruise all have in common? Well, if handled well, you can ‘have your cake and eat it too’! That’s right, you can save money and take a cruise by utilizing your tax return properly. In Canada for example, earners have the opportunity to invest in an RRSP – a registered retirement savings plan. By saving in an RRSP, one can minimize the amount of income tax that they must pay. Most employees have income tax deductions take........ Read More

Who Really Pays Income Taxes

With all the talk of the rich not paying their fair share of taxes and the tax cuts earlier this decade only going to the rich, here are some facts to contemplate and you as the reader can make up your own opinion. · The statement above could be true when you look at it from a pure dollar point of view. Someone who makes $500,000 versus someone who makes $50,000, if they each get a 5% tax cut, the first one pays $25,000 less in taxes, where the second one only pays $2,500 less in taxes. ........ Read More

Top 7 Ways To Minimize Your Income Taxes

Are you paying too much in income taxes? Are you getting all the credits and deductions you are entitled to? Here are 7 tips to help you minimize taxes and keep more in your pocket: 1. Participate in company retirement plans. Every dollar you contribute will reduce your taxable income and thus your income taxes. Similarly, enroll in your company’s flexible spending account. You can set aside money for medical expenses and day care expenses. This money is “use it or lose it” so make........ Read More

Income Tax Help

Most people hate doing taxes, but they usually get them done and sent out on time. Taxes aren’t so bad if you are getting a refund, but the process can be daunting. If you have any deductions for work or owning a business, there is a lot of paperwork that you have to keep track of if you want to make filing easier. If you don’t go to someone to get your taxes done for you, you may need some income tax help if you get stuck. Most tax forms come with instructions, but these, as you prob........ Read More

Do You Know How Income Taxes Are Calculated?

This is the first of a series of 2007 Tax reference sheets that I'll be sharing with you over the next month or so. This one focuses on some of the major federal income tax key numbers. I'll do future ones for estate planning, retirement planning and business planning in the not too distant future so stay tuned. Since federal income taxes are such a large part of most peoples life or expenditures, I thought that you might like a summary or reference sheet for some of the important figures for........ Read More

Gambling Income And Expenses - Tax Requirements

Hit a big one? With more and more gambling establishments, keep in mind the IRS requires people to report all gambling winnings as income on their tax return. Gambling income includes, but is not limited to, winnings from lotteries, raffles, horse and dog races and casinos. Unfortunately, gambling income also includes the fair market value of prizes such as cars, houses, trips or other non-cash prizes. Generally, if you receive $600 ($1,200 from bingo and slot machines and $1,500 from keno) or........ Read More

Debt Settlement & Income Taxes – What You Need To Know

Debt settlement has become a popular approach to resolving problem debts without having to file bankruptcy. With this approach, creditors agree to accept a portion of what you owe (usually around 50% or less) to settle the account, and the remaining balance is forgiven. This technique will certainly continue to grow in popularity now that the new bankruptcy law makes it tougher to fully discharge debts in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. As with anything, there is no free lunch, and creditors are requi........ Read More

How Wealth Tax Is Better Than Income Tax

Wealth Tax Do you want to move money from the wealthy to the poor? Well, tax wealth. Wealth tax causes far less market distortion, and hence, much fairer than income tax. Wealth tax hurt productivity less. If you live in a capitalistic country, then your income is yours fairly. However, Bob’s wealth might not be traceable to productivity. Bob might have gotten his wealth through inheritance gained through slavery, or genocide. The link between wealth to productivity is less than the link bet........ Read More

Free Income Preparation Tax Software In The Internet

An income tax is a financial charge imposed on the financial income of entities like persons and corporations. In short, any legal entity who has a value can be taxed which somehow makes sense. To see it in a positive light is to view tax as a contribution to society. You give offerings and tithings to respective churches so why not give something back to the country you pledge allegiance to. If your church promises to improve some aspects of the religious community and as well as to give a ........ Read More

The History Of Income Tax

They say death and taxes are the only two certain things in life. Alas, this wasn’t always the case. Well, at least for the income tax. The History of Income Taxes Our great nation came into existence in fits and starts. Following the revolt against the British, a federal government was elected and the fun began. This “fun” inevitably led to the situation where not everyone could agree on what the United States should stand for, much less what laws should be enacted. As a result, there ........ Read More

Income Tax Returns Your Accountant Should Not File

You've been feeling uneasy (perhaps even guilty) because you've failed to report your under the table business income. Perhaps you've never filed a tax return, even though you know you owe money. Finally, you contact an accountant to resolve the situation. Although it is commendable that you are trying to correct matters, hiring an accountant to do these delinquent returns could be a big mistake. The reason why is because tax evasion is a criminal offence or felony. You might also be subject to........ Read More

Helping Working Families With The Earned Income Tax Credit

In the past, clients of NORWESCAP's Family Self-Sufficiency program in Morris County, NJ have used the tax return they received through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for a down payment on a car, a security deposit on an apartment or to pay debts, said Penny Olson, the program's director. For clients of Homeless Solutions, which provides affordable and transitional housing, the prospect of a large tax return can make a significant difference, executive director Elizabeth Hall said. Those........ Read More


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