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The IRS this week announced higher federal income tax brackets and standard deductions for 2023 amid skyrocketing inflation. For the tax year 2023, the agency raised the income requirements for each group. According to inflation adjustments issued by the agency on Tuesday, individual income over $578,125 and married couples’ income over $693,750 would be subject […]

For the final six months of 2022, the Internal Revenue Service announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rate. Optional standard mileage rates can be used to calculate the deductible costs of using a car for business and certain other activities. The normal mileage rate for business travel will be 62.5 cents per mile […]

The tax code has a credit for dependent-care expenses for children under age 13 when the care was provided, and it also can apply to expenses for others of any age who are incapable of caring for themselves—such as an elderly relative. In most years—including 2022—many filers get a credit for 20% of up to […]

The IRS announced this month that most Americans should receive their refunds within 21 days of filing – with some exceptions. Due to regulations designed to prevent fraud, claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit will slow down your tax return. As a result, people who claim this credit and file their returns on January 24 […]

As of late, the IRS has been sending out letters with valuable information for Advance Child Tax Credit and for the third round of the Economic Impact payments to those who qualify.  Letters will be going out until the end of January. Keeping this information and using it to prepare your tax return will help […]

Lower-income taxpayers are getting some very good deals. If your modified adjusted gross income (AGI) does not exceed $40,000 for singles, $50,000 for the head of the household, or $60,000 for couples filing jointly, and you have been a resident in the U.S for over half of 2021, you will not have to return any […]

If you need help paying health insurance premiums during the year, you can apply to receive the Advance Premium Tax Credit. You can claim the Advance Premium Tax Credit when you buy insurance coverage through a Health Insurance Marketplace and reconcile it on Form 1040 with Form 8962. The credit is based on your estimated […]

Need more time to prepare your federal tax return? Complete and mail a federal form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return (downloads as a PDF). Please be aware that: An extension of time to file your return does not grant you any extension of time to pay your taxes. You […]

Reasons for Refund Delays

Some tax refunds take longer than expected. The IRS may delay refunds for several reasons, including the following: • Errors in Direct Deposit information (refunds then sent by check); • Financial institution refusals of Direct Deposits (refunds then sent by check) or delays in crediting the Direct Deposit to the taxpayer’s account; • Claims of […]

The name of the credit is Child and Dependent Care Credit. The amount of your work-related expenses you can use to determine your credit is a dollar cap. For one qualified person, the cap is $3,000, or $6,000 for two or more qualified individuals. If you have paid work related expenses for caring for two […]