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Retirement Plans Can Make Loans Or Hardship Distributions to Sandy Victims

The Internal Revenue Service announced November 16, 2012, that 401(k)s and similar employer-sponsored retirement plans can make loans and hardship distributions to victims of Hurricane Sandy and members of their families. 401(k) plan participants, employees of public schools and tax-exempt organizations with 403(b) tax-sheltered annuities, and state and local government employees with 457(b) deferred-compensation plans may be eligible to take advantage of these streamlined loan procedures and opened hardship distribution rules. Though IRA participants are barred from taking out loans, they may be eligible to receive distributions under liberalized procedures. [Read More...]

What filing status should I choose when filing my taxes?

As the end of 2012 winds down, it is important to know which filing status applies to you and how it will affect the amount of taxes you could owe. Your federal tax filing status, which is based on your marital and family situation, is used to determine your filing requirements, eligibility for certain credits, what your standard deduction is, whether you must file a return and your correct tax. Your marital status on the last day of the year determines your status for the entire year. If more than one filing status applies to you, you may choose the one that gives you the lowest tax obligation. [Read More...]

8 Tax Tips To Increase Your 2012 Tax Refund

Very soon after Thanksgiving, many Americans start to think about Christmas and shopping! Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and the new comer Giving Tuesday- it seems the list goes on and on with reasons to shop. However, very shortly after all the shopping has died down January 1 brings the New Year and our mind quickly rationalizes…. How in the world am I going to pay for all this stuff?!! After agonizing moments of panic have passed, most people realize that they may be due a refund this year from their taxes and problem solved! Although TaxSlayer.com can’t promise everyone a refund, we can say if you follow these 8 tips you should be on your way to a refund that should help you pay down your holiday debt!
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6 Tips To Make Filing Your Taxes Easier

With all of the events and festivities of the holiday season, we tend to forget that the tax-filing season is right around the corner. There is still a lot of time left until the April income tax filing deadline, but why wait until the last minute to get your affairs in order? In order for you to receive a speedier refund, it helps to file your return as soon as possible. In order to file earlier in the tax season, you can take the steps below to prepare yourself for the tax filing season. [Read More...]

401k Contribution Limits for 2013

On October 18, 2012, the IRS announced the cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for Tax Year 2013. In general, many of the pension plan limitations will change for 2013 due to the in the cost-of-living index. However, other pension plan limitations will remain unchanged. [Read More...]
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