Tax Nitty Gritty

advice
Oct 28th, 2014

Tax Questions, Answered: Child and Dependent Care Credit

Ed note: Kids – as much as you love them! – are expensive little creatures. Fortunately, the tax code has some nice credits you can take advantage of. However, you must be careful in your calculators. The Tax Institute breaks down one common scenario. Question I will pay $12,000 in day care expenses this year. […]

federal
Oct 18th, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage and Your State Tax Return

Early in October, the Supreme Court denied review of same-sex marriage appeals from three different federal appeals courts: the Tenth Circuit, the Fourth Circuit and the Seventh Circuit. What does that mean? Since the Supreme Court has declined to decide the matters, the decisions of each of the lower courts will stand. That means the […]

baby
Oct 17th, 2014

Top 10 Tax Tips if You Have a New Baby

Ed note: If you recently had a baby, congratulations! Now I need you to focus for just a minute through that sleep-deprived haze. There are some VERY IMPORTANT tax issues that come along with your new bundle. The good news: most of them mean more credits and deductions for you! Leer en español. 1. Upgrading to […]

Affordable Care Act
Sep 25th, 2014

10 Ways Getting Married Affects Your Taxes – UPDATED

Ed note: One of our most popular posts ever detailed 10 important tax changes that may affect you after getting married. We’ve updated most of those and included one brand new change that you need to know about before filing that 2014 tax return. Leer en español. 1. Filing status. Once you get married, the only […]

IRS
Sep 5th, 2014

Social Security Benefits – How Much Is Taxable?

Ed note: It’s one of the most frequently asked questions on our social media channels – “Are my social security benefits taxable?” Like so many things with taxes, the answer is a variation of “it depends.” Leer en español. All social security benefits, whether in the form of retirement benefits, survivor benefits or disability benefits, […]

family
Sep 1st, 2014

Tax Questions, Answered: The Tax Implications of Selling Your Home

Ed note: Congratulations, you just sold your home! That profit burning a hole in your pocket may be free-and-clear from taxes, but – yes, there’s a but – not always. The Tax Institute looks at some of the exceptions you need to know about. Question: I’ve been waiting years to sell my home. Now that […]