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After you file your tax return: 3 issues to consider

After filing a 2019 tax return, there may still be three issues to bear in mind. 1) You can check up on your refund. Go to and click on “Get Your Refund Status” to find out. 2) Some tax records can now be thrown out. You should generally save statements, receipts, etc. for three […]

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If you’re selling your home, don’t forget about taxes

Traditionally, spring and summer are popular times for selling a home. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 crisis has resulted in a slowdown in sales. The National Association of Realtors reports that existing home sales in April decreased 17.2% from April 2019. Still, many people are selling this year. If you’re one of them, it’s a good time […]

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Seniors: Can you deduct Medicare premiums?

If you’re age 65 and older, and you have basic Medicare insurance, you may need to pay additional premiums to get the level of coverage you want. The premiums can be costly, especially if you’re married and both you and your spouse are paying them. But there may be a silver lining: You may qualify […]

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A nonworking spouse can still have an IRA

It’s often hard for married couples to save for retirement when one spouse doesn’t work. An IRA contribution is generally only allowed if you have compensation. However, an exception exists. A spousal IRA allows a contribution to be made for a nonworking spouse.

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Student loan interest: Can you deduct it on your tax return?

Many taxpayers with student loans have been hard hit by the economic impact of COVID-19. The CARES Act contains some help. It allows borrowers with federal student loans to stop making monthly payments until Sept. 30, 2020. If you do make student loan payments, you may be able to deduct the interest on your return.

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There’s Still Time to Make a Deductible IRA Contribution for 2019

You still have time to make your 2019 traditional and Roth IRA contributions. The deadline is generally April 15 but because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the IRS extended the deadline until July 15, 2020. If you qualify, deductible contributions to traditional IRAs can lower your 2019 tax bill. Even nondeductible contributions can be […]

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