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Child and Dependent Care Credit Explained (26 U.S.C. §21)

Federal courts have long held that expenses incurred by taxpayers for the care of dependents, such as a daycare or babysitting expense, while the taxpayer is away from home and at work, are not deductible under I.R.C. § 162(a). However, taxpayers who incur daycare expenses for their children or disabled adult dependents may be eligible for a federal tax credit of up to 35% percent of the cost of day care. To qualify for the child and dependent care credit, you must have a dependent child age 12 or younger, or a dependent of any age who cannot care for himself or herself. You may calculate your tax credit on IRS Form 2441.

Who Claims The Kids On Their Taxes, And Other Ways Divorce May Affect Your Taxes

Divorcing couples often wonder who claims the children on their taxes, and in what other ways divorce will affect their taxes. Questions may include which filing status to use after the divorce, and how payments for spousal maintenance and child support to an ex-spouse are treated for tax purposes. Also, inquiries about what happens to assets like the family residence are obviously frequently common.

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To Be or Not To Be? Married Filing Jointly or Married Filing Separately?

Married couples have the option to file jointly or separately on their federal income tax returns. Undoubtedly, married couples during tax season have asked each other if they are filing advantageously, whether currently filing jointly or separately. The IRS strongly encourages most couples to file joint tax returns by extending several tax breaks to those who file together. In the vast majority of cases, it’s best for married couples to file jointly, but there may be a few instances when it’s better to submit separate returns.

The Alternative Minimum Tax, Explained

The Alternative Minimum Tax, ExplainedUnder the Internal Revenue Code and the vast body of rules and regulations related thereto, certain tax benefits can significantly reduce the amount of taxes that a taxpayer may owe. The alternative minimum tax (AMT) applies to those taxpayers with high levels of income by limiting these benefits and ensuring that these taxpayers pay at least a minimum amount of tax. If the AMT applies to you, you may lose many credits or deductions you would normally receive if you didn’t have to pay the AMT.

IRS Audits – What Are My Chances?

IRS Audits – What Are My Chances?It’s considered by many taxpayers to be one of the most frightening events that could happen related to their everyday business affairs. What is this frightening event? An IRS audit, of course. But is a tax audit really that scary in real life? The numbers reveal that only 1% of all taxpayers experience an audit, and of this one percent, about one in five result in a meeting with the IRS.

Presently, the IRS audits half as many taxpayers as it did five years ago. However, the amount of tax recovered per audit has increased. The IRS uses an elaborate computer selection process, auditing only those returns which will almost certainly yield some adjustment.

You’ve filed your tax return, how long does the IRS have to audit you?

You’ve filed your tax return, how long does the IRS have to audit you?You’ve filed all of your tax returns, and because of your level of income you find yourself in the class of taxpayers whose return is more likely to trigger an IRS audit. So you wonder, how long does the IRS now have to audit you?

Due to disclosure requirements, the IRS makes contact with a taxpayer selected for an audit by telephone or mail only.  When returns are filed, they are compared against norms for similar returns. These norms are developed from audits of a statistically valid random sample of returns, selected as part of the National Research Program conducted by the IRS to update return selection information.

Top Tax Cases Of 2015: Bhutta v. IRS – Treaties And How They Affect Income Of Foreign Nationals

Top Tax Cases Of 2015: Bhutta v. IRS - Treaties And How They Affect Income Of Foreign Nationals

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Issue

How can treaties between the United States and other countries affect the income of foreign nationals in the United States?

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Bhutta, a citizen of Pakistan and a foreign medical school graduate, entered the United States in 2009 to participate in an internal medicine residency training program. During the three-year residency training program, for which he received an annual salary, Bhutta treated patients, with supervision; conducted and presented research; and supervised and trained third- and fourth-year medical students. His supervising and training of medical students consisted of having the medical students observe him during “rounds”, preparing the students for monthly examinations, and evaluating the students monthly.

2016 Affordable Care Act Changes For Individual Taxpayers

The Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) imposes the requirement that all Americans acquire health insurance that qualifies as “minimum essential coverage” under the Act. Otherwise, taxpayers may have to make a shared responsibility payment to the IRS when they file their tax return in April. The ACA also allows for a tax credit known as the premium tax credit for taxpayers that purchase health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Known as the individual shared responsibility provision, it requires a taxpayer, his or her spouse, and their dependents to have health insurance minimum essential coverage for the entire reporting year. Most taxpayers already have qualifying health care coverage, and will simply report this fact on their return by checking a box.

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