Posts Tagged ‘Married Filing Jointly’


When to File Separate Tax Returns to Save Money

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Married couples have a choice when they file their income tax returns.  They can file as married filing jointly or as married filing separately.

 

Married Filing Jointly

Most married couples will file a joint income tax return.  There may be little or no tax savings so they choose to file jointly.

 


4 Reasons Everyone Should Contribute to a Roth IRA

1) Tax – Free Distributions

If the Roth IRA account is open for at least 5 years and the taxpayers is over age 59 1/2, then all of the distributions from the Roth IRA are tax-free.

 

2) Take Your Contributions Back at Any Time

Unlike a Regular (or Traditional) IRA, contributions to a Roth IRA are not income tax deductible. Because the contribution is not tax deductible, taxpayers can take back their contributions at any time without any income … Continue reading »


Why The New Medicare Tax May Cost You More Money

Current Medicare Tax

Currently taxpayers pay 1.45% Medicare Tax on their earned income. This is from a W-2 for employees and net-income from self-employed individuals. The employee pays this amount and the employer matches it, therefore they remit 2.9% to the government. A self-employed individual is considered to be both the employer and employee and therefore currently pays 2.9% Medicare Tax.


The Difference Between the FBAR and IRS Form 8938

 

Investors with offshore accounts must be familiar with the filing requirements of the FBAR and IRS Form 8938.

FBAR

Any U.S person with offshore accounts that had more than $10,000 in them any time during the year must file Form TD F 90-22.1, the so-called FBAR (Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Account).  A U.S. person includes individuals, partnerships, corporations and estates and trusts.  This form must be received (not postmarked) by the U.S. Treasury Department by June … Continue reading »


7 Things Connecticut Taxpayers Should Do Before Filing Their Income Tax Return

1) Don’t panic. The returns are due on April 17th this year. This is due to April 15th falling on the weekend and April 16th being a holiday in Washington DC. If you can’t get your return completed and filed on time, file an extension. The federal form is 4868 and the Connecticut form is CT-1040-EXT. This will allow you until October 15th to file. The extension however only extends the time to file, it does not extend the … Continue reading »


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