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Foreign Tax Credit For Individuals Living Abroad

Olivier Wagner, Tax Travel, Tax Blog, Vancouver, Canada, TaxConnections

As you know, the United States requires all citizens and permanent residents (Green Card holders) to report income via annual income tax filings regardless of where in the world the money was earned. As the name suggests, the Foreign Tax Credit for individuals is designed to reduce your U.S. tax burden on income that was earned and consequently taxed in a foreign country. In this way, you will not be subject to double taxation on that money.

In addition to foreign earned income (FEI), dividends, interest, and even rental income that come from foreign sources are eligible for consideration with the Foreign Tax Credit if they were taxed by a foreign entity. One benefit to using this credit is that it is available to all U.S. taxpayers who have foreign earned income or investment income from a foreign source. There are no stipulations regarding residency or time spent in a foreign country to take advantage of this reduction in taxes owed at home. Read more

The American Opportunity Tax Credit System Is In Place

Nanda Kumar, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, Sterling, Virginia, USA, TaxConnections

Tax credit systems are in place to let tax payers deduct a certain amount from their tax liability to the state or federal government based on different programs. One such initiative is the American Opportunity Tax Credit, or commonly known as AOTC. This tax credit system is designed specifically for college going students, allowing them to settle their college costs via tax credits. AOTC is much more beneficial when compared to tuition deduction since it allows for an actual reduction in taxes that you owe to the government. But there are certain eligibility criteria that one must meet to be able to benefit from this system. Read more

Tax Benefits And Credits: Planning And Saving For College

Ensen Mason, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, Redlands, California, USA, TaxConnections
As a CPA, I am asked a lot of questions regarding tax benefits and credits for children. One of the more interesting questions I have heard is “Why do they take away benefits as the kids get older? They don’t cost less, they cost more – a lot more”. While I don’t really have a good answer, one thing I do explain is that there are different benefits and credits that apply to older children as it pertains to their college education.
 
One of the biggest decisions in a person’s life is what college to attend – or whether to attend at all. The decision and the subsequent attendance and performance will likely have more of an impact on their overall comfort and life style than any other event or decision in their lives.

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Some Taxpayers Eligible For A Refund And Do Not Even Know It

Michael Madewell, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, Aurora, Missouri, USA, TaxConnections

Taxpayers who are not required to file a tax return may want to do so. They might be eligible for a tax refund and don’t even know it. Some taxpayers might qualify for a tax credit that can result in money in their pocket. Taxpayers need to file a 2017 tax return to claim these credits.

Here is information about four tax credits that can mean a refund for eligible taxpayers:

  • Earned Income Tax Credit. A taxpayer who worked and earned less than $53,930 last year could receive the EITC as a tax refund. They must qualify for the credit, and may do so with or without a qualifying child. They may be eligible for up to $6,318. Taxpayers can use the 2017 EITC Assistant tool to find out if they qualify.

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Tax Deductions Vs. Tax Credits

Olivier Wagner, Tax Digi Nomad, Vancouver, Canada, Tax Blog, TaxConnections

Tax Credits and Deductions are probably the most exciting part when preparing your tax return. They both help you save money by reducing your overall income tax liability. So, you should take a full advantage of all the tax credits and deductions you qualify for.

Tax Credits and Deductions are probably the most exciting part when preparing your tax return. They both help you save money by reducing your overall income tax liability. So, you should take a full advantage of all the tax credits and deductions you qualify for.
As many still get confused about the difference between tax credits and tax deductions, here’s a simple introduction to the these two in the light of the New Tax Reform that just has been approved.  Read more

The Postcard Filing – A Naïve, Misguided Fantasy

Eva Rosenberg, Tax Connections

The good news. President Trump Congress keeps telling you that taxpayers will be able to file on a postcard.

The bad news? Look at lines 3, 10, 11, and 12.
Your government is naïve. While this may be wish-fulfillment, it has no basis in practical reality.

It should be a required pre-requisite for all lawmakers to prepare their own income tax returns before they are permitted to write, vote on, or pass legislation. I loved that episode of the short-lived TV series Mr. Sterling, where Senator Bill Sterling (Josh Brolin)  is grumbling, trying to prepare his own tax return. Better yet, they should spent two weeks volunteering, or observing, at a VITA site to see how their tax laws truly affect low-income people’s tax filings. Read more

Michigan in the Spotlight: History, Business Climate, Tax Incentives and Credits

Monika Miles, Tax Advisor

This month takes us to the Wolverine State of Michigan. The origins of this name are obscure, but may be derived from a busy trade in Wolverine furs during the 18thCentury.

Its largest city, Detroit, is famed as the seat of the U.S. auto industry, which inspired Diego Riviera’s murals at the Detroit institute of Arts. Also in Detroit is Hitsville U.S.A., the original headquarters of the Motown Record Company. Michigan is home to many great musicians including The Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Bob Seger, Kid Rock and Alice Cooper.

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California College Access Tax Credit Reminders

Annette Nellen, Tax Advisor

California’s College Access Tax Credit Program started in 2014. For individuals, it allows a large credit for donations made to this fund. Before claiming any credit though, the donor must first apply for the credit with the State Treasurer. This is because a fixed amount of credits is available so people claim it on a first-come-first-serve basis. In the first few years, little was claimed relative to the amount allocated.

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2017 Might Be Last Chance to Claim A Tax Credit By Hiring A Veteran

William Rogers, Tax Advisor

With Veterans Day on November 11th, it’s an especially good time to think about the sacrifices veterans have made for us and how we can support them. One way businesses can support veterans is to hire them. The Work Opportunity tax credit (WOTC) can help businesses do just that, but it may not be available for hires made after this year.

As released by the Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on November 2, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would eliminate the WOTC for hires after December 31, 2017. So you may want to consider hiring qualifying veterans before year end.

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Update On The California Competes Tax Credit & Beneficiaries Thus Far

Monika Miles, Tax Advisor

As the mainstream media wonders where Amazon will locate its HQ2, many states are in the news touting their credits and incentives benefits to draw in company expansions.

As I’ve reported before, the California Competes Tax Credit has been available since January 2014 and isn’t scheduled to sunset until 2025. Every year, the state earmarks funds for the program of approximately $200 million, and companies compete for the funds during three application periods per year.

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Another Large Payment Owed For Incorrect PTC

Another case (see below)* addresses a couple receiving an advance Premium Tax Credit (PTC) of a large amount and having to pay it all back. They also note that if they had known they would have to pay it back, they would not have taken the insurance. The cost of the insurance for this California couple was 20%  of pre-tax household income. That’s a lot!

For context, if this couple lives in San Jose, rent for a one-bedroom apartment starts at $2,000/month or 33% of the couple’s pre-tax income! Read more

Start-Up Companies Are Now Receiving Their R&D Tax Credit Payroll Refund Checks

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (“PATH Act”) significantly enhanced the Research and Development Tax Credit Program (“RTCP”) on a myriad of levels by making the RTCP a permanent tax incentive within the Code and considerably restructured the program to: Read more

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