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Q: My dad purchased an investment property in 2006 for $150,000. He put my name as joint owner with him. His intent was for me to become the sole owner of the property after his death. He died late last year. Prior to his death, he managed the property and did everything that had to do with the property. He took all the tax benefits and tax deductions having to do with it.

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Q: We have two combined lots that we bought in 1984 for a total cost of about $50,000. A 100-year old cottage sits on one lot and the other lot is a landscaped garden with no structures. Over the past 37 years, we have spent quite a bit of money on landscaping, fencing, a new roof, a new garage and a complete gut job to the main floor and attic of the house.

Q: My mother put me on the deed to a house she purchased five years ago. Recently, she has decided that she wants to sell the house to buy a smaller house in a nearby town. The house has been her primary residence for the last five years, but not mine. I live three hours away.

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A summer job is a great way for students to earn some extra money while building a resume for the future and learning new things about the working world. Typically, one of the hardest lessons for students to deal with is income tax. Working students may say, "Why is so much of my paycheck withheld? And who is this FICA dude?"

Welcome, students, to income taxes and how they affect the working world that you have joined. There are two main taxes on your earnings:

  • Federal Income Taxes – These provide income for operations and services of the federal government.
  • Payroll Taxes – These are taxes that fund Social Security and Medicare under the Federal Insurance Contribution Act (the "FICA dude" referenced above). The taxes you pay in go toward covering the eventual services you require. You pay half of this tax obligation (the withheld amount) and your employer kicks in the other...

Get Ready For Tax Season!

IRS Tips For Charitable Deductions

It's STILL Not Too Late To Lower Your Tax Bill

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You may soon receive a letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), but unlike other notices from the agency, you might be thankful to receive this one. That’s because the IRS announced it has started sending letters to more than 36 million families who qualify for the new monthly child tax credit payments. In March, […]

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