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Parents Can Get a Tax Break for Sending Kids to Day Camp

In Tax by Anderson Advisors

With summer just around the corner, there is a tax break that working parents should know about. Many working parents must arrange for care of their children under 13 years of age (or any age if handicapped) during the school vacation period. A popular solution – with a tax benefit – is a day camp program.

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Are You Missing Out On The Earned Income Tax Credit?

In Tax by Clint Coons

The The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is for people who work but have lower incomes. If you qualify, it could be worth up to $6,242 in 2015. So you could pay less federal tax or even get a refund. The credit is a refundable credit, so you can receive the benefits of the credit even if you do not owe any taxes. That’s money you can use to make a difference in your life.

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Read This Before Tossing Old Tax Records

In Tax by Toby Mathis

Old Tax FilesNow that your taxes have been completed for 2014, you are probably wondering what old tax records can be discarded. If you are like most taxpayers, you have records from years ago that you are afraid to throw away.

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Writing Off Your Start-Up Expenses

In Tax by Toby Mathis

Business owners – especially those operating small businesses – may be helped by a tax law allowing them to deduct up to $5,000 of the start-up expenses in the first year of the business’s operation. This is in lieu of amortizing the expenses over 180 months (15 years).

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Working Abroad Can Yield Tax-Free Income

In Tax by Toby Mathis

U.S. citizens and resident aliens are taxed on their worldwide income, whether the person lives inside or outside of the U.S. However, qualifying U.S. citizens and resident aliens who live and work abroad may be able to exclude from their income all or part of their foreign salary or wages, or amounts received as compensation for their personal services. In addition, they may also qualify to exclude or deduct certain foreign housing costs.

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Getting the Most Out of Employee Business Expense Deductions

In Tax by Toby Mathis

Individuals can deduct as miscellaneous itemized deductions certain expenses that they incur in the course of their employment. Generally, qualified business expenses are un-reimbursed expenses that are both ordinary (common and accepted in your industry) and necessary and do not include personal expenses.

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Tax Smart Gifting

In Tax by Toby Mathis

Frequently, taxpayers think that gifts of cash, securities or other assets they give to other individuals are tax deductible and, in turn, the gift recipient sometimes thinks income tax must be paid on the gift received. Nothing is further from the truth. To fully understand the ramifications of gifting,