The Tax Deadline is quickly approaching. Remember, the 2022 tax deadline is April 18, 2022. Emancipation Day is on April 15, 2022. This federally recognized holiday means most tax-filers will have the weekend to finish up their taxes.
All month long, TheStreet has been providing tax tips from leading professionals including Jeffrey Levine, CPA and tax expert from Buckingham Strategic Wealth, and Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA and expert for TurboTax.
Tax Tips for Last-Minute Tax Filers
Tax Tip: Recently Divorced and Retired (Gray Divorce)
Taxes can be daunting for anyone but can be especially challenging for so-called ‘gray divorce’ couples. Jeffrey Levine, CPA and tax expert from Buckingham Strategic Wealth says couples over 50 should::
- Understand the total impact divorce has on your taxes
- Filing single could push the higher-income earner into a higher tax bracket
- Alimony is no longer deductible, impacting the higher income earner
- Determine who claims the children
- Ask your tax professional to see how the divorce might impact you
Tax Tip: How to Organize Important Documents
One of the most critical – and sometimes hardest parts – of personal money
management is keeping your financial records organized. Here are four records
to keep indefinitely:
- Birth, death, and marriage certificates
- Adoption records
- Citizenship and military discharge papers
- Social Security card
Tax Tip: Embrace Your Tax Deductions
Many deductions exist that you may not be aware of, and several of them are pretty commonly overlooked. The deductions you qualify for can make a significant difference in your tax refund. They include:
- State sales tax
- Reinvested dividends
- Out-of-pocket charitable contributions
- Student loan interest
- Child and dependent care
Recommended Read: Standard Deduction vs. Itemized Deductions: Which Is Better?
Tax Tip: Federal Tax Credits
A number of federal tax credits can be a big help if you’re looking for ways to reduce your taxes or maximize your tax refund. Here are 5 of the biggest tax credits:
Recommended Read: How to Report FAFSA College Money on a Federal Tax Return
Tax Tip: Tax Deductions You May Not Know
Whether you want to lower your tax bill or increase your refund, here are some ways that you may not have realized were tax-deductible.
Tax Tip: Know These Tax Law Changes
Tax Year 2021 may yet bring some surprises, but some tax law changes were already planned and may impact your refund. Here’s what you should know.
- The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021
- Adjustments for inflation
- Planned tax increases for 2021
- Deductions and credits phaseout adjustments
- Planned changes to the alternative minimum tax
- Changes to retirement plan distributions
- CARES Act provisions that expired in 2020
Recommended Read: Managing Your Retirement Account and Taxes During Economic Uncertainty
Tax Tip: Short-Term vs. Long-Term Capital Gains
Not all capital gains are treated equally. The tax rate can vary, and knowing the difference is beneficial.
- Short-term capital gains: Profits you make from selling assets you’ve held for a year or less
- Long-term capital gains: gains from assets you’ve held for longer than a year
Recommended Read: 5 Things You Should Know about Capital Gains Tax
Tax Tip: Consider Location, Location, Location!
Where you live can help or hinder your ability to make ends meet. Here’s a roundup of the highest and lowest taxes by state. Here are the states with no personal income tax:
- South Dakota
Recommended Read: Are State Tax Refunds Taxable?
Tax Tip: Things You Think Are Tax-Deductible That Aren’t
Some taxpayers get tripped up assuming expenses are tax-deductible when they aren’t. Here are some common pitfalls:
- Business-related entertainment
- Business travel
- Commuting costs
- Charities that don’t qualify
- Volunteer time
Recommended Read: Are Medical Expenses Tax Deductible?
Tax Tip: Avoid Penalties
There are penalties for missing the deadline for the new 1099-NEC form and updated 1099-MISC for both tax filers and businesses.
- March 1 (paper filing)
- March 31 (electronic filing)
- 1099-NEC Deadline:
- January 31 (following year)
Tax Tip: Know When Seniors Must File
If Social Security is your sole source of income, then you don’t need to file a tax return – but other forms of income are taxable.
Recommended Read: Tax Counseling for Seniors and Retired
Tax Tip: Ways to Increase Your Tax Refund
Reviewing your tax status, consulting your spouse, and taking advantage of tax credits can help you increase your tax refund. Here are a few ways to increase your tax refund that you never thought about:
- Review your W-4: Bigger refund or bigger paycheck?
- Revisit your filing status
- Claim the Earned Income Tax Credit
- Include the Child and Dependent Care Credit
Recommended Read: Where Is my Tax Refund: IRS Timetable Explained
Tax Tip: 5 Overlooked Tax Deductions
Whether you want to lower your tax bill or increase your refund, here are 5 things you may not have realized were tax-deductible.
Recommended: Guide to Advanced Child Tax Credit
Tax Tip: 5 Commonly Overlooked Tax Deductions
Tax filers often forget to file for credits and deductions like the Earned Income Tax Credit. TurboTax reveals the most commonly overlooked credits just in time for the April 18th tax deadline.
- Earned Income Tax Credit
- Saver’s Credit
- Taking Care of a Friend or Relative
- Camp or Sports Camp
- Education Expenses
Tax Tip: 2022 Tax Dates and Deadlines
Here are the upcoming tax deadlines starting in April 2022.
- April 18, 2022: tax deadline for most taxpayers
- April 18, 2022: last day to make a 2021 IRA contribution
- April 19, 2022: tax deadline for tax filers in Maine and Massachusetts
- October 17, 2022: deadline for submitting your taxes if you received an extension
- June 15, 2022: 2nd-quarter 2022 estimated tax payment due (self-employed or those with other income)
- September 15, 2022: 3rd-quarter 2022 estimated tax payment due (self-employed or those with other income)
- January 15, 2023: 4th-quarter 2022 estimated tax payment due (self-employed or those with other income)
Recommended Read: Tax Deadline Is Approaching: 10 Things Tax Filers Should Know
Tax Tip: A Checklist for Financial Decisions As You Age
It’s not out of the realm of possibility that you’ll have trouble making financial decisions someday in the future. Here are six steps adults can take now to avoid such outcomes
- Choose Your Trusted Financial Advocate
- Organize Your Financial Information
- Start an Open Conversation With Your Advocate
- Keep the Conversation Going
- Make It Official
- Planning the Transition
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