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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

Tax Magic: How To Turn Taxable Income Into Tax-free Income

Believe it or not, there are ways to convert taxable income into non-taxable income, without any fear of an IRS audit. Here's one of my favorites. It's been part of our tax code for over 30 years, yet many still don't take advantage of it. What am I talking about? The IRA -- Individual Retirement Account. Now, before you say, "Oh, I know all about that one; what's so great about an IRA?", give me 10 minutes to explain 3 new benefits to the IRA rules that you may not realize. BENEFIT #1: How........ 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

Obtaining A Federal Income Tax Refund

“You’re getting an income tax refund”! Those are the words that every taxpayer would love to hear. A federal income tax refund occurs if the tax you owe is less than the sum of the total amount of refundable tax credits claimed and the total amount of withholding paid. For many individual taxpayers those federal tax refunds can be obtained through Earned Income credit, a real refund of overpayment of tax, or through an overpayment from previous years. Some people really believe that g........ 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

Top 7 Reasons To File Your Income Tax Returns On Time

Here are seven reasons for not being late filing your income tax returns. 1. Avoid Late Filing Penalties Late filing can result in substantial and continuing penalties. This is in addition to any interest that is due. 2. Receive Better Service from Your Accountant The earlier you get your paperwork to your accountant, the sooner he can start preparing your tax returns. More importantly, there will be more opportunities to explore and implement tax saving strategies. On the other hand, if you........ 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

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

Debt Settlement And Income Taxes

A very large number of people find themselves owing thousands of dollars to credit card companies and as a result, searching for viable options to successfully eliminate their debt in order to avoid a bankruptcy filing. Debt settlement has become a very popular alternative to bankruptcy amongst scores of individuals – especially since the bankruptcy laws changed back in October 2005. As you may know, debt settlement is a process which enables debtors (consumers) to negotiate a reduced pay-off ........ 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

Slash Income Taxes By Doing What You Love?

That's right, you can take advantage of the IRS tax code and save a lot of money that you'd otherwise send to Uncle Sam by doing what you love. The secret is to simply set yourself up as a small business and take tax deductions for related expenses! This is very easy and inexpensive to do. You can then turn many personal expenses into business one that you can deduct! It doesn't matter if you are retired (in fact this is a perfect time) or just getting started in life. You can start doing ........ Read More

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

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

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

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


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