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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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The Power of the Tax Credit for Buying an Electric Vehicle

Although electric vehicles are a small percentage of the cars on the road today, they’re increasing in popularity. And if you buy one, you may be eligible for a federal tax break. The tax code provides a credit to purchasers of qualifying plug-in electric drive motor vehicles including passenger cars and light trucks. The credit […]

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Don’t forget to take required minimum distributions this year

If you have a traditional IRA or tax-deferred retirement plan account, you probably know that you must take required minimum distributions (RMDs) when you reach a certain age. Once you attain age 72 (or age 70½ before 2020), you must begin taking RMDs from traditional IRAs and certain retirement accounts. If you don’t withdraw the […]

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One reason to file your 2020 tax return early

The IRS is opening the 2020 individual income tax return filing season on Feb. 12. (This is later than in the past because of a law that was recently enacted.) Even if you usually don’t file until closer to the April 15 deadline (or you file an extension), consider filing early. It can potentially protect […]

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