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Should you file your taxes???

You must file a tax return if your income is above a certain level. The amount varies depending on filing status, age and the type of income you receive.

Check the Individuals section of IRS.gov or consult the instructions for Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ for specific details that may affect your need to file a tax return with the IRS this year.

Even if you don’t have to file, here are eight reasons why you may want to file:

  1. Federal Income Tax Withheld If you are not required to file, you should file to get money back if Federal Income Tax was withheld from your pay, you made estimated tax payments, or had a prior year overpayment applied to this year’s tax.
  2. Making Work Pay Credit You may be able to take this credit if you have earned income from work. The maximum credit for a married couple filing a joint return is $800 and $400 for other taxpayers.
  3. Government Retiree Credit You may be eligible for this credit if you received a government pension or annuity payment in 2009. However, the amount of this credit reduces any making work pay credit you receive.
  4. Earned Income Tax Credit You may qualify for EITC if you worked, but did not earn a lot of money. EITC is a refundable tax credit; which means you could qualify for a tax refund.
  5. Additional Child Tax Credit This credit may be available to you if you have at least one qualifying child and you did not get the full amount of the Child Tax Credit.
  6. Refundable American Opportunity Credit This education tax credit is available for 2009 and 2010. The maximum credit per student is $2,500 and the first four years of postsecondary education qualify.
  7. First-Time Homebuyer Credit The credit is a maximum of $8,000 or $4,000 if your filing status is married filing separately. The credit applies to homes bought anytime in 2009 and on or before April 30, 2010. However, you have until on or before June 30, 2010, if you entered into a written binding contract before May 1, 2010. If you bought a home after November 6, 2009, you may be able to qualify and claim the credit even if you already owned a home. In this case, the maximum credit for long-time residents is $6,500, or $3,250 if your filing status is married filing separately.
  8. Health Coverage Tax Credit Certain individuals, who are receiving Trade Adjustment Assistance, Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance, or pension benefit payments from the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, may be eligible for a Health Coverage Tax Credit worth 80 percent of monthly health insurance premiums when you file your 2009 tax return.

For more information about filing requirements and your eligibility to receive tax credits, SAP Taxes at 972.569.7938

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CHILD TAX CREDIT

The child tax credit allows taxpayers to claim a tax credit of up to $1,000 per qualifying child under the age of 17. This reduces their tax liability, potentially to $0. In order to claim the credit, the taxpayer and child must meet numerous requirements.

When a taxpayer’s child tax credit is more than their tax liability, they may be eligible to claim an additional child tax credit as well as the child tax credit. The additional child tax credit is also a tax credit of up to $1,000 per qualifying child. This further reduces their tax liability and can result in a refund. Taxpayers must meet additional requirements to claim this credit.

  1. The child tax credit is a nonrefundable tax credit.
  • A. True
  • B. False
  1. Shane is a 17 year old US citizen who lives with his mother and is supported by her. Shane qualifies for the child tax credit.
  • A. True
  • B. False
  1. Brad has two children who qualify for the child tax credit. Brad’s modified adjusted gross income is $54,000 and his tax liability is $3000.
    Brad is eligible to take the full credit of $1,000 per child.
  • A. True
  • B. False
  1. Deb and Doug have one child who qualifies for the child tax credit. Their income is $66,000 and their tax liability is $5,000.
    Deb and Doug are eligible for the additional child tax credit.
  • A. True
  • B. False

For more information please visit http://saptaxes.net or contact me at 972.569.7938

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