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Home Sales: How to Determine Your “Basis”

If you’re buying or selling a home, you should know how to determine your basis. The law allows an exclusion from income for all or part of the gain realized on your home sale. The general exclusion limit is $250,000 ($500,000 for married taxpayers). You want your basis to be as high as possible in […]

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Who Qualifies for “Head of Household” Tax Filing Status?

When you file your tax return, you must check one of the following filing statuses: Single, married filing jointly, married filing separately, head of household or qualifying widow(er). Who qualifies to file as a head of household, which is more favorable than single? To qualify, you must maintain a household, which for more than half […]

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New law tax break may make child care less expensive

The new American Rescue Plan Act provides eligible families with an enhanced child and dependent care credit for 2021. This is the credit for expenses paid for the care of qualifying children under the age 13 so the taxpayer can be gainfully employed. For 2021, the first $8,000 of care expenses generally qualifies for the […]

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New law: Parents and other eligible Americans to receive direct payments

President Biden has signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law. Among the many relief provisions are direct payments that will be made to eligible individuals. The full amount for eligible individuals is $1,400 ($2,800 for eligible married couples filing joint tax returns) plus $1,400 for each dependent. Most eligible taxpayers will receive direct bank […]

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