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Don't Forget about College Tax Benefits

Now that many parents have helped their children with settling into the college or university, parents need to be reminded that our current tax law provides tax credits for certain qualified education expenses. Here is a short summary of some of the benefits available to parents.

Should I Amend my Return?

There are many reasons to amend a tax return. Before you begin the process, speak to a professional about making changes to your prior filing. With complexities such as statutes of limitation, tax benefit rules and others, changing a return is not a simple decision.

Here are some tips if you are considering making changes to a prior filing.

Moving Expenses Might be Deductible

Being able to deduct moving expenses can ease some of the burden of the cost associated with the move. The rules are very specific and somewhat mechanical. Review these rules with your tax person before make the move. Also check with your employer to see if they offer some direct payment for some moving expenses. Some direct payments could be excluded from your income.

Is it a Hobby or a Business?

Just because you call it a business does not mean that the IRS is required to agree with you. The IRS has authority to presume that an activity can be charecterized as a hobby. As a result, any losses associated with the activity could be disallowed.

Below are some things to consider when you proceed with an activity that you believe is a true business venture and the IRS claims it to be a hobby.

Are you Independent? 1099 or W-2?

Many employers simply do not want employees. There are numerous reasons or justifications for the classification but the question is whether it is correct or justified. There are legal consequences either way.

Below is guidance on the appropriate classification.

An Offer in Compromise May Lead to a Fresh Start

An offer in compromise is a great way to get a fresh start and out from under a large tax liability. The IRS does look at assets available and ability to pay in order to come to a reasonable offer amount to settle past liabilities.

While this seems simple, there are nuances along the road and professional guidance is a good idea. Below are good preliminary steps to be aware of during the initial stages of the process.

Are you Self Employed?

Being self employed has many advantages. Freedom, income potential, controlling one's destiny are a few. Remember that while some of those advantages also come with additional responsibility.

To keep you on the right track, the following are some reminders for any self employed individuals.

Exemptions are Worth Money!

It is alway a good idea to review your exemptions and whom you support. This could be the situation in a divorce, elderly parents or the care for a another person's child.

Here is a good review of some of the dependency requirements.


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