Category - Taxes

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Update on the Enhanced Child Tax Credit
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Enhanced Child Tax Credit for 2021
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Creating A Strong Tax Planning Strategy Can Save You Thousands, Here’s How
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Should You Hit the Pause Button on Filing Your 2020 Tax Returns?
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Do Your Research to Avoid Tax Season Tumult

Update on the Enhanced Child Tax Credit

Earlier this year in April, I wrote about the changes Congress made to the child tax credit that will benefit many taxpayers. As part of the American Rescue Plan Act that was enacted in March 2021, the child tax credit:

  • Amount has increased for certain taxpayers
  • Is fully refundable (meaning you can receive it even if you don’t owe the IRS any taxes)
  • May be partially received in monthly payments

The new law also raised the age of qualifying children to 17 from 16, meaning that more families will be able to take advantage of the credit for at least …

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Enhanced Child Tax Credit for 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) ushered in several tax changes that we highlighted in this post last month. One of those tax changes involves the Enhanced Child Tax Credit. If you have qualifying children under the age of 18, you may be able to claim a child tax credit (You may also be able to claim a partial credit for certain other dependents who are not qualifying children.) The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 makes substantial and temporary improvements to the child tax credit for 2021, which may increase the amount you might receive.

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Creating A Strong Tax Planning Strategy Can Save You Thousands, Here’s How

Financial planning can feel a bit ambiguous at times. There are quite a few assumptions that need to be made about your financial future. What will your income and expenses be in retirement? What growth rate can you assume in your portfolio? How much of your income will social security really replace?

While you may not be able to control everything about your financial situation, there is one area where you can take charge immediately.

Taxes.

Proactive tax planning can instantly elevate your overall financial plan.

Here’s how.

Tax Preparation vs. Tax Planning

It is very common for people to

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Should You Hit the Pause Button on Filing Your 2020 Tax Returns?

As you likely know, President Joe Biden signed his sweeping $1.9 trillion Covid-19 economic relief package into law on Thursday afternoon March 11, 2021. Included in this package were several tax provisions that increase child tax credits and exempt certain 2020 unemployment benefits from taxation for lower income taxpayers.

Passing retroactive tax legislation just five weeks before the regular 1040 tax deadline of April 15, 2021, is virtually unprecedented, and has left the IRS and tax preparation software vendors scrambling to update calculations, guidance, tax forms, publications and program logic.

Add to the foregoing the IRS’ backlog of taxpayer correspondence …

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Do Your Research to Avoid Tax Season Tumult

Michelle Singletary of The Washington Post offered advice for what may be a tumultuous tax season for some people and a “supersize list of some of the issues people will face this year” in “Tax season 2021: A tornado is coming.” 

Really, you do not have to fear if you have already been working with a Fee-only financial planner. And there is still time to get help from a financial planning expert for this year and for the years to come. Here are some things to consider:

File electronically if you can: The general advice this …

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