Tax Planning

Taxes are a necessary part of life, but they don't have to be a burden. Get tips and information to help you reduce the amount of taxes you pay, and optimize the deductions and credits available to you.

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A veteran prepares a meal for her family.
Are VA Benefits Taxable?
A couple sits at a table, discussing whether they need to file Form 8862 with a tax preparer
What Is IRS Form 8862?
A woman tries to file her taxes while her boyfriend relaxes on the couch behind her
What Is Form 1099-G?
An older man sits at a table, frowning as he looks at a pile of tax paperwork spread out in front of him
What Are Back Taxes?
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What Is a Premium Tax Credit?
A person works from home on a laptop.
What Is a Limited Liability Company (LLC)?
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What Is the FICA Tax?
A couple does taxes together.
What Is Income Tax?
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What Is an Employer Identification Number (EIN)?
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What Is a Homestead Exemption?
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What Is a Tax Return?
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What Is a Dependent?
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What Are Taxes?
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What Is Taxable Income?
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What Is a Direct Tax?
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What Is the Difference Between Gross Income and Net Income?
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What Is Taxation Without Representation?
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What Is Tax Incidence?
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How Much Is Severance Pay Taxed?
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Can You Deduct Legal Fees on Your Personal Taxes?
The 9 Community Property States of the U.S.: Washington, Idaho, Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana. Married couples who live in community property states jointly own their marital property, assets, and income.
Marital Taxes in Community Property States
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How To Calculate Mileage Deductions on Your Tax Return
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What Is a C Corporation?
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What Is Form 1099-DIV?
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What Is Sales Tax?
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What Is a Tax Expense?
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How Much Can You Save in a 403(b) Retirement Plan?
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What Is Form 1099-INT?
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What Is Form 1099-A?
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What Is Exempt Income?
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What Is Tax-Deductible Interest?
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What Is a Tax Shield?
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What Is Tax Evasion?
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What Is a Tax Benefit?
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What Is a Land Value Tax?
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Are Tips Taxable? Here’s What You Need To Know
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What Is a Tax Code?
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What Is a Tax-Free Savings Account?
A young man walks across a gym on a new prosthetic leg with the help of a physical therapist
Is Short-Term Disability Taxable?
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What Is Schedule A of Form 1040?
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What Is Form 1095-C?
A woman sits at a home table calculating taxes with piles of paper and a laptop
An Easy Way to Calculate Your Estimated Taxes and Possible Penalties
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What Is a Tax Base?
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What Is IRS Form W-8?
will i pay tax on my home sale?
Will I Pay Tax on My Home Sale?
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What Is Provisional Income?
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What Is IRS Publication 550?
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What Are Passive Activity Loss Rules?
Man works on taxes at home
What Is Tax Form 6251?
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What Is IRS Publication 463?
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The Tax Benefits of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)
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Depreciation Recapture on Rental Real Estate
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Taxes on Pensions and Annuities Income
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What Is Tax Selling?
A doctor consults with a patient.
What Is Form 1095-B: Health Coverage?
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What Is the Benefits Received Rule?
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What Is IRS Form 1045?
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What Is a Tax Schedule?
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What Is Vertical Equity?
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What Is Form 8396?

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