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Archive for April 2018

What’s the Difference Between Marginal and Effective Tax Rates?

In order to explain the difference between “marginal” and “effective” tax rates, it’s important to first dispel a common misconception: All of the income you make is not taxed at one rate.  For example, let’s say you are a single filer who makes $50,000 per year, which […]

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Analyzing Your Tax Return

Another tax season is upon us.  Many people tuck their tax return and supporting documents into a folder and hand it all over to their accountants without taking a closer look.  And even investors who complete their own tax returns using tax-preparation software often plug the relevant information […]

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What You Can Learn From Your W-2 Tax Form

Only employees will receive a W-2; if you’re among the growing ranks of people working in the “gig economy,” you’ll receive a statement of your income via a 1099-MISC form. As you review your W-2, here are some of the key line items to focus on. W-2 […]

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What You Can Learn From Your 1099 Tax Forms

The first thing to know about 1099s is that there are several different subtypes: 1099-DIV, 1099-INT, 1099-R, 1099-MISC, and so on.  The unifying theme among them is that they document that you received some type of income during the preceding year, whether from your investments, from working, […]

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What You Can Learn from Your Tax Return: Form 1040

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which was signed into law in 2017’s waning days, ushered in significant changes to the individual income tax framework.  The changes included: new tax rates, an increase in the standard deduction, the repeal of the personal exemption, and a […]

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