When figuring your estimated tax for the current year, it may be helpful to use your income, deductions, and credits for the prior year as a starting point. Use your prior year’s federal tax return as a guide.
Normally, if you purchase a piece of real estate to fix up and sell it at later date, the profit is taxed under the capital gains rules. There are even more favorable rules if the property qualifies as your principal residence. If you live in it more than two years during the five-year period preceding the sale, you can often exclude the gain from taxation altogether under special rules for homeowners.
As people prepare to file their taxes, there are things to consider. They will want to determine if they need to file and the best way to do so.
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The Earned Income Credit (EIC) is a valuable credit for lower-income taxpayers who work. It can be worth up to $6,318 for 2017, depending on your:
MEDICAL AND DENTAL EXPENSES
You can deduct most expenses relating to medical or dental diagnosis,
treatment or prevention as long as those expenses are in excess of
7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income (AGI).
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Whether you are paying for a college education or a teacher buying items for your classroom, education credits and deductions can help lower your tax bill.
The American Opportunity Credit, Lifetime Learning Credit or the Tuition and Fees Deduction may help offset the cost of higher education for you, your spouse and your dependents.
If you itemize your deductions on Form 1040, Schedule A, you may be able to deduct expenses you paid for medical care – including dental – for yourself, your spouse, and your dependents.
For you to be able to deduct the expense, it must be a common, helpful, and appropriate expense for your field of work. An expense does not necessarily have to be “required” for it to be deductible. However, if your employer reimbursed you for the expense, it cannot be included in your deduction.