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How To Choose The Right Filing Status For Your Taxes

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English: Map showing the status of same sex marriage in the USA. Same-sex marriage recognized Unions granting rights similar to marriage Unions granting limited / enumerated rights Foreign same-sex marriages recognized Same-sex marriage banned by statute Same-sex marriage banned by constitution Same-sex marriage and similar unions banned by constitution (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When filing taxes, it is crucial to indicate your current status. This is because this status actually determines the amount of money you should pay in taxes. It may also be important in deciding whether to file tax returns or not.

Whenever you have to indicate your status, it is vital that you consider the last status you had as at 31 Dec. However, when you are in a situation where more than one status is applicable, it is safe to go with one that will require you to pay the lowest taxes possible regardless of whether you are using TurboTax 2014 or not.

Certain tax rules also bind same-sex married couples regardless of where you were married. If the marriage is legal (performed in a state or country that recognizes same sex marriages), then you should use the married status options in the 2013 federal tax return forms. This is mandatory even if both of you live in a state that opposes same-sex marriages. You can visit www.irs.gov for additional information about your taxes.

In order to choose the right status for filing taxes, here is a guideline that explains each of the five.

Single
This status can be used with anyone who has never been married, is divorced or no longer married according to the statutes of that state.

Married Filing Jointly
When filing taxes using TurboTax 2014, this status indicates that married people can choose to file one tax return as a couple. Even if your partner died within that year, you can still use this status.

Married Filing Separately
This is the opposite of married filing jointly. Each spouse can file their taxes individually and it is useful when you want to reduce the taxes that you pay. Some couples also prefer this for their tax accountability.

Head of Household
In TurboTax 2014 or any other means you use when filing taxes, this status is used by single people who have dependents. To be eligible, you must be the provider of more than 50% of the total costs of running a home. It is also significant to know any other rules that come with this status.

Qualifying Widow/ Widower with Dependent Child
In case you are widow or widower with a child, then this is the right status for you. However, it is bound by number of conditions.

A tax filing software such as TurboTax 2014 can help you choose the right status. You can also refer to 1040 Central on the IRS website for further assistance.

Furthermore, requirements for each status can be obtained from Publication 501, Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information on the IRS website or by dialing 1-800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).

How To Use The IRS To Get Free Tax Help

A lot of people require help when filing taxes. Deciding on the forms to fill, number of dependents and how to claim your tax refund are some of the prevalent concerns that taxpayers face.

However, there exists numerous methods that can be helpful during the process. Below are some of the best techniques and practices that you can employ on top of using TurboTax 2014.

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English: YOKOSUKA, Japan (Feb. 10, 2009) Volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The IRS website (www.irs.gov) is a one stop shop for tax payers. “1040 Central” is especially beneficial to those who are experiencing difficulties with filing their taxes. It will give you tips, guidelines and a lot of useful information. Moreover, the page has links to other important webpages such as the latest news and FAQs.

Online tools such as the Interactive Tax Assistant and IRS Tax Map can also be useful in giving you solutions to some of your questions and problems. “Where’s My Tax Refund” will show you the status of your refund while the Earned Income Tax Credit Assistant can tell your eligibility for the tax credit. All this information is available 24/7.

Another great tool found on the IRS website is the Free File. There are various software under Free File such as TurboTax 2014 that you can use to file your taxes electronically. Filing taxes electronically is not only convenient, but guarantees you faster refunds especially if used with direct deposit.

Free File is very useful for those who may have earned less than $58,000 in the last year. You can also use TurboTax 2014 with the same limit if you are in the military. The software has a simple interactive interface with a procedural approach that makes it easy to use for anyone. Those earning more than $58,000 can use Free File Fillable Forms to compute their taxes online.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a program that enables people who make under $52,000 yearly to file their taxes online freely. Tax Counselling for the Elderly is also critical in helping older members (60 years and above) of the community file their taxes. Furthermore, it can be useful for those with low to moderate earnings.

These VITA programs are available everywhere within the country. To find one closest to you, simply search for VITA on the IRS website and select “Free Tax Return Preparation for You”. You can call 800-906-9887 to find out the same information too.

Lastly, those who do not have access to the internet can call the IRS on 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676) to get tax forms and publications. You can call 800-829-4477 to know the status of your refund and listen to more than 150 recorded messages on different tax related issues.

Free File Makes Tax Filing Easy

FILED Rubber Stamp

FILED Rubber Stamp (Photo credit: Enokson)

Filing taxes is easy if you take advantage of the arrangement between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, a group of private sector companies producing tax filing software. These companies allow their products to be used for no cost, and over 40 million taxpayers have safely and easily electronically filed their tax return for free using the software. Filing your return electronically and requesting direct deposit when filing taxes is the fastest way to get your tax refund.

You must go to the IRS website (www.IRS.gov) to use the Free File program and you can prepare, print and then file your tax return once you have chosen a Free File company to work with.

You may be able to find useful tax breaks that you can claim, by using the question and answer format of the Free File software, and the software will do all the necessary calculations for you by choosing the appropriate tax forms. You may also be eligible for the earned income tax credit, or one or more of the other tax credits.

You can use brand name software, such as TurboTax 2014 if you earned less than $58,000 last year. Free File forms that can be filed are available if you are filing taxes and earned more than that amount.

Free File also allows you to request a six month extension if you cant file your taxes by the normal scheduled date of April 15th, and requesting the extension is easy and free. However, you will still have to make a payment by the April 15 deadline, to avoid interest and penalties, if you feel that you will owe money. Filing taxes should not be a headache, and with Free File, it really is quick and easy. Visit IRS.gov/freefile for more information on the Free File system, who is eligible and participating software programs.