Only about a third of Americans file income tax returns using itemized deductions. Unfortunately many of those who don't itemize are overpaying their taxes. Don't wait until tax time to figure out if itemizing your deductions yields a lower tax bill. Start now to review your situation and plan for a reduction in your taxes by the end of the year.
Ten Commonly Overlooked Deductions Don't forget these ideas to lower your taxes
The tax code is about 75,000 pages long, so it’s not surprising there are many overlooked money-saving deductions hidden within it. Check out this list of commonly overlooked deductions. You might wind up with a bigger refund than you expected.
Divorce can be an emotionally draining process. If you are in the middle of one, you probably just want it to be over. But be careful. Divorce has serious tax implications, and the choices you make now may affect you for many years. Consider the following:
The death of a spouse can be a devastating experience, both emotionally and financially. As the survivor, you'll have to make important decisions while you're in what could be the most vulnerable and distracted stage of your life. The suggestions that follow might at least help ease your financial stress.
Don't make major decisions right away. Put off selling your house, moving in with your grown children, giving everything away, liquidating your investments, or buying new financial products.
Whew! The rush is over once your personal income tax return is done for another year - or so you thought, right up until the moment you discover information you forgot to include.
The action you take depends on the type of information you forgot. For instance, say you reported all your income on the return you mailed to the IRS. But now you realize you neglected to attach a copy of your wage statement.
It's been coming for three years, but now the day of tax reckoning for higher-income investors has finally arrived.
Caution: For the first time, you may have to pay the 3.8% Medicare surtax on "net investment income" (Nii) on your 2013 tax return. The tax is computed on Form 8960, Net Investment Income Tax—Individuals, Estates, and Trusts.