2015 Tax Changes for the 2014 Tax Season

The Internal Revenue Service announced on 30th October, 2014 that there was an annual inflation in the United States of America and they made more than 40 adjustments on the tax provisions. The following tax changes have been outlined on the Revenue Procedure 2014-61. If you unsure how to file your taxes with these new changes, consider using a tax program like TaxAct 2014.

According to the Internal Revenue Service, 39.6% of the new tax rate affects unmarried individuals whose income is more than $413,200 as well as married couples whose income exceeds $413,200. In addition to this, the standard deduction for the unmarried will rise to $6,300 while for the married couples whose returns are not the same will rise to $12,600. On the other hand, standard deduction for married couples who fill the same returns will have their standard deduction rise from $6,200 to $12,400. On the same note, each household head will have his/her standard deduction increased from $9.250 to $9,100.

When it comes to personal exemption, as compared to $3,950 that was for the year 2014 it will be expected that in 2015 this will rise to $4,000. However, this will not be realized at once and it will be subjected to a number of phases starting from $258,250 for the unmarried and $309,900 for married couples who fill the same tax returns. The last phase will be $380,750 for the unmarried and $432,400 for couples who are married and they fill the same tax returns.

In terms of the Alternative Minimum Tax exemption, it will be $53,600 for the unmarried and $83,400 for married couples filling the same tax returns for the year 2015. This shows that there is a significant increase as compared to 2014 which was $52,800 for the unmarried and $82,100 for the married couples filling the same tax returns. The Alternative Maximum Earned Income Credit for the year 2015 will be $6,242 for tax payers with more than three children. This is a significant increase as compared to the year 2014 whereby the Alternative Maximum Earned Income Credit was $6,143 for taxpayers with more than three children.

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Furthermore as compared to 2014 whereby Estates of Decedents who died were given a basic exclusion of $5,340,000 this basic exclusion for Estates of Decedents who will die in 2014 fiscal year will be increased to $5,430,000. In addition to this, the exclusion from tax on a gift for non-US spouse will be increased from $145,000 (2014) to $147,000 in the year 2015. In addition to this, $99,200 foreign earned income exclusion for the year 2014 will rise significantly in 2015 to $100,800. Furthermore, the maximum credit will be phased out depending on the number of full-time employees. Lastly, the annual dollar limit of employee contribution to Flexible Spending Arrangements will rise from $50 to $2,550 in 2015 fiscal year.

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Essential Information About TaxAct and TurboTax Programs

2014 is gone and being a new year; you should begin thinking about preparing and filing your federal taxes. Tax preparation and filing can consume a lot of your time if you have no experience doing so. However, if you get the right tax programs such as TaxAct and TurboTax, then you are ready because you will file the taxes in the shortest time possible. Besides, you will have no worries since the programs will guide you all through the process.

There are a few changes in the tax code, but these tax programs have been adjusted to suit the new system. Currently, TurboTax has a limited-time discount for the simple filers; 1040EZ/A filers that are,you are capable of filing your federal and state taxes free of charge. Isn’t that good enough for simple filers? There is no promotion or discount codes required to enjoy the offer. You simply need to file your taxes with the TurboTax Federal Free Edition. It is not clear when the promotion will end hence it would be prudent to be among the first people and enjoy the benefits.

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It’s wise to understand some changes that TurboTax has made in its packages though. The sections for filing Schedule C, D and E are now excluded from TurboTax Delux package. The Schedule C includes self-employment income and expenses; Schedule D is investments filing, and Schedule E entails the partnership and rental income filings. The Schedule D and E are now found in the Turbo Premier and other higher packages while on the contrary the Schedule E is found in Home and Business edition only.Irrespective of the significant changes, TurboTax is very reliable and intuitive. The software is simple to use and you can use it for complex filings both for professionals and independent users. In addition, it imports information, offer quick calculations, and give you audit risk and refund.

TaxAct is very affordable yet its features are just effective as other programs. It offers even learning materials and mini-alerts that identify errors that can help you in audit risk identification and give the best recommendations to take. By this, you are sure of accuracy of your tax filling even with the simple process. Just like TurboTax, TaxAct offers superior value and is suitable for both simple and complex tax returns for individual users and institutions.

These tax programs enable you file your taxes online, and they bring you many benefits. For instance, you can save money that you might have paid an accountant to do the job for you. Secondly, you save time when you use for example TurboTax company because you can take even 30 minutes only to finish your tax filing. In addition, you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home since you don’t have to book an appointment with an accountant. In addition, the process enhances your financial situation awareness because you can observe your income, expenditures and assets that you have had for the whole year.

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