What is the American Opportunity Credit?

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Q1. Are there any changes to the tax credits for college expenses?

A. The American opportunity tax credit, which expanded and renamed the already-existing Hope credit, can be claimed for tuition and certain fees you pay for higher education in 2009 and 2010.

Q2. The Hope credit originally applied only to the first two years of college. Has that changed?

A. Yes. The American opportunity tax credit can be claimed for expenses for the first four years of post-secondary education.

Q3. How much is the American opportunity tax credit worth? → Continue

Do I need to file if I have Income as a Babysitter?

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If you earn money as a babysitter, it is considered self-employed income.

If you earned more than $400 in the past year, you will have to file a federal tax return. → Continue

How to file return for a deceased relative

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Please add the word “Deceased” after the decedent’s name in the name and address section of the final return. Also, please add the date of death across the top of the final return. If the decedent is due a refund, it may be necessary to file Form 1310, Statement of Person Claiming Refund Due a Deceased Taxpayer, with the return. → Continue

Deduct Job Search Expenses

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Job Search Expenses are deductible under Itemized Deduction. But as with most itemized deduction, it is better to take the Standard Deduction if it is higher. → Continue

Is Unemployment Compensation Taxable?

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Short answer: Yes

Yes, your state unemployment insurance benefits (up to 26 weeks) and your extended benefits (up to an
additional 13 weeks) are taxable. You may choose to have 10% withheld for federal taxes by completing
Form W-4V. The State will provide you with a Form 1099-G prior to January 31st of each year, showing
the amount of taxable benefits paid in the prior year. → Continue

Earned Income Tax Credit

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Earned Income Tax Credit is one of the few refundable tax credits you can get even if you do not owe any taxes.

The maximum credit for the 2010 Tax Year has been increased to $5,666.

Earned Income Credit
Tax Year 2010
No. of Children Maximum credit Earned Income/AGI Each Less Than
0 $457 $13,460 ($18,470 if Married Filing Joint)
1 $3,050 $35,535 ($40,545 if Married Filing Joint)
2 $5,036 $40,363 ($45,373 if Married Filing Joint)
3 or more $5,666 $43,352 ($48,362 if Married Filing Joint)
Taxpayers with investment income of more than $3,100 are not eligible for the credit.

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What to bring for Tax Preparation

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Things to bring

  • Last year’s Federal and State tax returns (for new clients)
  • Income/Wage statements:
    • W-2’s
    • 1099’s
    • Alimony received or paid
    • Commissions received statement
    • Brokerage account year-end statements
    • ESPP statements
    • Stock options sale papers
    • Rental property income and expenses
    • Partnership, S Corp, trusts, or estate yearly statements
    • Pension or retirement income statements
    • Social security income yearly statement
    • Unemployment income yearly statement
    • State income tax refund statement
    • Lottery winnings (and lottery losses, if you have winnings)
  • Car, motor home, and boat registration paperwork
  • Donation receipts
  • IRA contributions
  • Child care expenses and provider information
  • Medical expenses
  • State taxes paid
  • Unreimbursed employment-related expenses
  • Job-related educational expenses
  • Casualty or theft losses
  • Foreign taxes paid


  • Mortgage interest year-end statement
  • Home equity year-end statement
  • Property tax information
  • If you sold your home, purchase and home improvement information
  • Home Loan


  • Income and expense reports
  • Mileage logs for autos
  • Receipts for business assets purchased


  • Tuition and education fees
  • Student loan information
  • Grants and scholarship information

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