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Pay No Tax When Shopping Online

We do a lot of shopping these days especially during the holidays like Christmas. The more you buy, the more taxes you pay which can be huge if you are a typical American consumer. Most of us spend around 8% in tax for the stuff you buy unless you live in the states like Alaska that don't make you pay… Continue reading Pay No Tax When Shopping Online

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2018 Tax Reform, What it means to you?

          Are you wondering if you are going to benefit from the new tax reform? Here is a tool to find out. First, from your gross pay deduct Nontaxable wages   [Dental, medical, HSA, Uniform allowance etc] Tax-deferred wages    [401-k, 403-b, TSP contributions] This calculation will give you Taxable income.  … Continue reading 2018 Tax Reform, What it means to you?

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Am I eligible for child tax credit.

Your children should meet all the criteria, and your income should be below the income limit threshold. The threshold is:   MAGI /based  [ For most AGI and MAGI are the same numbers ] $110,000 on a joint return $75,000 for an unmarried individual $55,000 for a married individual filing a separate return So if you… Continue reading Am I eligible for child tax credit.

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Am I getting part of the mortgage interest back when filing tax

All these years I thought that I am getting 25% of the mortgage interest back since I am in the 25% tax bracket. Not so true. I am filing jointly and my standard deduction is higher than the mortgage interest.  In other words, my itemized deduction is less than the standard deduction.   So I… Continue reading Am I getting part of the mortgage interest back when filing tax

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Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI)

Why it is important. Like your AGI, your MAGI can determine whether you qualify for certain tax benefits. One of the most popular is the ability to deduct your IRA contributions on your tax return. However, you may not qualify for that deduction if your MAGI is above a certain level. Your MAGI differs from… Continue reading Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI)

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How to calculate Adjusted gross income [AGI]

Why it is important. Your AGI is the basis for several tax thresholds. Determining whether you qualify for certain tax credits Determining whether you can deduct medical expense Your state tax is based on this number. The first step is to find out your Taxable income. You can find this number in box#1 on your W2… Continue reading How to calculate Adjusted gross income [AGI]

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How to calculate taxable wages [Box 1 on W-2]

Gross Pay  -   nontaxable wages [ HSA, Medical premium, Dental premium, uniform allowance]  -    Tax deferred wages [ Traditional retirement plan] Example Gross pay     3,000 Non taxable wages      200 [HSA]  + 150 [Medical] +   50 [ Dental] + 10 [ Uniform allowance] Tax-deferred wages   500   [… Continue reading How to calculate taxable wages [Box 1 on W-2]

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2018 IRA Contribution and Deduction Limits –

Effect of Modified AGI on Deductible Contributions If You ARE Covered by a Retirement Plan at Work. https://www.irs.gov/retirement-plans/plan-participant-employee/2018-ira-contribution-and-deduction-limits-effect-of-modified-agi-on-deductible-contributions-if-you-are-covered-by-a-retirement-plan-at-work Effect of Modified AGI on Deductible Contributions if You are NOT Covered by a Retirement Plan at Work https://www.irs.gov/retirement-plans/plan-participant-employee/2018-ira-contribution-and-deduction-limits-effect-of-modified-agi-on-deductible-contributions-if-you-are-not-covered-by-a-retirement-plan-at-work Note  The best way to reduce your AGI is making max contributions to employer-based retirement plans and contributing… Continue reading 2018 IRA Contribution and Deduction Limits –

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2017 IRA Contribution and Deduction Limits

1 Effect of Modified AGI on Deduction if You Are Covered by a Retirement Plan at Work https://www.irs.gov/retirement-plans/2017-ira-deduction-limits-effect-of-modified-agi-on-deduction-if-you-are-covered-by-a-retirement-plan-at-work 2 Effect of Modified AGI on Deduction if You Are NOT Covered by a Retirement Plan at Work https://www.irs.gov/retirement-plans/2017-ira-deduction-limits-effect-of-modified-agi-on-deduction-if-you-are-not-covered-by-a-retirement-plan-at-work Best book to read before you start investing. The Simple Path to Wealth: Your roadmap to financial independence… Continue reading 2017 IRA Contribution and Deduction Limits

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Can I contribute to deductable IRA.

Yes and No Run the numbers on the calculator below.  This is the best calculator I could find online. https://www.tiaa.org/public/products-services/ira/calculators/eligibility Best book to read before you start investing. The Simple Path to Wealth: Your roadmap to financial independence and a rich, free life I like audiobook versions of this book Try Audible and Get Two… Continue reading Can I contribute to deductable IRA.