Tax Deduction Checklist for Teachers

Tax Deduction Checklist for Teachers

It’s understandable that the last thing a Teacher or any other Educator wants to worry about are tax deductions. This daunting thought can also be the reason so many workers in the education field file too quickly in an effort to complete this task.

The job of a schoolteacher can be a grueling, with lots of stress, deadlines, and long hours. Plus, you’re probably using your own money for some work-related expenses.

To add to your already long list, you will want to make sure all your documents are in line for taxes in order to stay ahead of the game. In this article I will show you how to get the most deductions and lower your tax bill.

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Affordable Care Act Complete Guide

Affordable Care Act Explained

What is the Affordable Care Act?

There has been a lot of confusing when it comes to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obama Care. I’m going to provide you with some essential information about the program and how it works.

ATTENTION: RECENT CHANGES TO TAX LAW HAS AFFECTED THE ACA!

Beginning in 2014, if you were a U.S. citizen or legal resident alien then you and your dependents were required to have Minimum Essential Health Care Coverage, have a health coverage exemption, or make a Shared Responsibility Payment (penalty or ISRP) with your tax return under the Affordable Care Act.

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Guide to Social Security Benefits

Do You Have to Pay Taxes on Social Security Benefits?

Question of the Week: Should I file a Tax Return If I Receive Social Security Benefits?

Many people who receive Social Security benefits always wonder if their benefit is taxable and if they should file a tax return. To help answer this question, let’s first determine what Social Security benefits are.

Social Security benefits including the following below and may be taxable:

  • survivor
  • monthly retirement
  • disability benefits

Around tax season, you will receive Form SSA-1099, which will report the total benefits.

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How to claim a child as a dependent on taxes.

Best Rules for Claiming a Dependent on Your Tax Return

Before you get started with your taxes this year, you’ll have to figure out if you can claim the dependent living with you. A dependent can be broken down into 5 main areas which we will discuss on this article. Be sure to go through each scenario to see if your situation qualifies.

Can I claim my child as a dependent?

There are 5 tests that must be met for a child to be considered your qualifying child.

  1. Relationship
  2. Age
  3. Residency
  4. Support
  5. Joint Return

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