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    All Government Benefits Explained

    All Government Benefits Explained
    Employees of the US Government often enjoy benefits packages unparalleled by those offered in any other profession. The wide range of benefits available to federal employees goes way beyond insurance and retirement; these perks include job security, outstanding 'family friendly' health insurance and retirement plans, and steadily accumulating raises. You may be surprised to learn that federal government jobs - after ...
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    GovCentral's Ultimate Guide to Taxes

    GovCentral's Ultimate Guide to Taxes
    Paying federal and state taxes are required as your duty as a U.S. citizen. As a government employee, you should be sure your taxes are perfect. Follow these expert tips to ease the stress of taxes and make April 15th less daunting. Guide to Filing Your Taxes 1. Filing Your Taxes: Overview 2. First Step: Learning to File 3. State Tax ...
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    10 Tax Tips for After January 1st, 2008

    10 Tax Tips for After January 1st, 2008
    If you think your tax bill is chiseled in stone at the end of the year, think again. It's true that most money-saving options evaporate after December 31; on New Year's Day your options to defer income or accelerate deductions become much more limited. But there is a lot you can do to make the tax-filing season cheaper and easier. Some ...
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    Home Ownership Tax Deductions

    Home Ownership Tax Deductions
    You know you can get a deduction for your mortgage interest, but what else can you deduct for your primary or secondary home? At tax time, your house is not simply a home: it's a giant tax deduction. You get to deduct: * -Your property taxes. * -The mortgage interest on your primary residence, as well as any secondary residence you ...
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    Child Tax Credit

    Child Tax Credit
    If you have children who are under age 17 as of the end of the tax year, you can get a $1,000 tax credit per child on your tax return. A tax credit reduces your tax bill dollar for dollar, so three qualifying children, for example, can cut what you owe Uncle Sam by $3,000. The credit may be limited if ...
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    Tax Implications After a Death in the Family

    Tax Implications After a Death in the Family
    Death and taxes may be equally inevitable, but the taxman demands the last word. Death does not excuse a final accounting with the IRS. In fact, taxes can further complicate the lives of survivors. Federal estate taxes could be due, and state inheritance taxes could come into play, too. Here, though, our focus is federal income taxes. The final tax return ...
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    Filing Your Taxes: Overview

    Where Can I Get the Form? Traditionally, you can go to the IRS website "Form and Publications" section: http://www.irs.gov/formspubs/index.html There you must download and print off the specific forms you need. (*Hint: Print off two copies in case you make a calculation mistake or a misprint!*) Where Do I Mail It In? Fill out the forms and mail to it to ...
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    First Step: Learning to File

    Tax season is here and if you haven't filed your taxes yet it's time to get your paperwork in order. But are you unsure of what paperwork is needed to file taxes? Do you even know what a 1099 form is? Not to worry, here’s a quick and basic rundown of the forms military servicemembers will need to file 2007 taxes. ...
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    State Tax Information

    Below is information on state income tax rules, organized alphabetically by state. Information on U.S. territories and possessions is included at the bottom of the list. ALABAMA Alabama Department of Revenue Individual and Corporate Tax Division P.O. Box 327465 Montgomery, AL 36132-7465 (334) 242-1170 Forms: (334) 242-9681 Electronic filing: (334) 242-2117 Refund: (334) 353-2540 Website: http://www.ador.state.al.us Military income exemptions: Follows federal ...
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    Filing Your Taxes: Using a Tax Preparer

    The decision to use a professional tax preparer is a matter of personal choice. People use tax preparers for a variety of reasons: -They have a complicated tax situation -They get frustrated or stressed out doing their taxes -They don't have time Selecting a tax preparer is no different from choosing say, a mechanic or a dentist. There are a few ...
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    Filing Your Taxes: Taxpayer Bill of Rights

    As a taxpayer, you are entitled to a number of important rights. Read the "Declaration of Taxpayer Rights" below to inform yourself of your rights: I. Protection of Your Rights IRS employees will explain and protect your rights as a taxpayer throughout your contact with the agency. II. Privacy and Confidentiality The IRS will not disclose to anyone the information you ...
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    Five Ways to Make Your Taxes Less Taxing

    Five Ways to Make Your Taxes Less Taxing
    Let’s face it: Doing your taxes is about as exciting as mowing your lawn. But, we all have to do it. And Uncle Sam doesn’t make it easy. The U.S. tax code literally fills thousands of pages. Thankfully, you don’t need to read them all to stay on top of your taxes. Here are five things that can make doing your ...
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    6 Things to Do to Qualify for a Stimulus Payment

    6 Things to Do to Qualify for a Stimulus Payment
    The Bush Administration recently signed new legislation — the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 — into law that will give more than 130 million Americans as much as $152 billion to redistribute back into the economy. The payment amounts will equal the amount of one’s tax liability on their 2007 tax return ($600). That amount doubles for joint tax filers to ...
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    IRS Warns of Advance Payment Scams

    IRS Warns of Advance Payment Scams
    WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to beware of several current e-mail and telephone scams that use the IRS name as a lure. The IRS expects such scams to continue through the end of tax return filing season and beyond. The IRS cautioned taxpayers to be on the lookout for scams involving proposed advance payment checks. Although the ...
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    The 11 Most Overlooked Tax Deductions

    The 11 Most Overlooked Tax Deductions
    TurboTax helps you find tax deductions you may have overlooked. Don't overpay taxes by overlooking tax deductions. See the most common errors taxpayers make on their tax returns. ...it’s all too easy to miss a trick and pay too much... Every year, the IRS dutifully reports the most common blunders taxpayers make on their returns. And every year, at or near ...
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    Filing an Income Tax Extension

    Filing an Income Tax Extension
    If you can't complete your federal tax return by the April 15 deadline for 2007 returns, you can buy more time. File IRS Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File, to push the deadline back six months to October 15, 2008. There's a catch, though: the extension only pushes back the due date of the paperwork. If you'll ...
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    Summary of Tax Law Changes

    Many of the tax breaks in recent tax-relief bills were designed to be phased in over a number of years or are indexed to inflation. To help you determine how these tax laws affect your long-term plans, this article explains the changes that come into effect through 2011. Pick a year from the list below to learn what tax changes ...
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    Tax Exemptions and Deductions Available For Families

    Tax Exemptions and Deductions Available For Families
    As a family, you may be able to save more on your taxes than a single person can. Once you discover all the deductions available to you, you'll be able to save more money this year, and plan better for your family's future. So, if you're new to preparing your own income tax return, or if you just want to make ...
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