Attn: Truckers………. Unload Your Taxes the right way

Deduction for Truckers can become very confusing.  Most Drivers don’t understand the basics of what they can or can’t claim as legitimate tax deductions.  There are usually two types of Categories a trucker usually falls into which is OWNER/OPERATOR(self-employed) or Company Worker (employee).  Knowing the difference between the key is to maximize your deductions for the Tax Year.

In Order to claim a deduction the Driver must have a”Tax Home”.  This means a driver must have a permanent location to which receive mail and use to pay their taxes.

Truckers Should keep accurate log books and keep track of all receipts they occur OTR.  This is imperative to have organized when you visit your Tax Preparer. When You are  organized it  minimizes the risk of your tax preparer of overlooking a deduction.  It is your responsibility to provide all info required for the preparation of complete and accurate returns.  You should retain all documents , cancelled checks & other data that form the basis of income and deductions.  These may be necessary to prove the accuracy and completeness of the returns to a taxing authority.

List of Deductions

  • you can’t deduct anything the company or customer pays for
  • insurance, bonds, etc
  • meals ( IRS per diem of between 37.00-59.00 daily)
  • accounting ( tax prep, bookkeeping, software)
  • advertising and materials
  • broker fees
  • factor fees
  • children (money paid to help deliver flyers)
  • office expense
  • rent
  • half of your cell phone
  • Home office
  • licensing and taxes
  • supplies (cleaning, hygiene,paper towels, etc)
  • Shipping & delivery Costs
Learn how to Make your Job Less Taxing
Learn how to Make your Job Less Taxing
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WHERE IS YOUR REFUND……….

Where is my Refund?.....
DO YOU KNOW YOUR STATUS?

Have you ever went on Where’s My Refund or called and they don’t know they seem as clueless as you do about the whereabouts of your REFUND?

Here’s Some interesting Facts about Where’s My Refund……….

Where’s My Refund is actually a call center located in a WAREHOUSE in Virginia. The workers are paid min. wage and all they have access to is a computer and the website Where’s My Refund. That is why when you call they give you the same details that is on the website and they tell you mam/sir it is being processed but we have received it. They don’t Know anymore about where your refund is than you do..

But here is how you actually find out your status if you are having trouble with the website. You should look on you Tax Documents or call you Tax Preparer and ask them for you SUbmission/transaction ID # of your return and then call the IRS personally and give them the #. They will then be able to provide you with an accurate status of your Return…..

Single Fathers Beware…..

Head of Household
   Earned Income Credit

HEADS UP TO SINGLE FATHERS……

Being that it is uncommon for single fathers to claim dependents the IRS usually flags single fathers who take the EIC credit. If you have everything in order and have been take care of business don’t be worried when you see the notice in the mail.

Make sure that you have proof that your dependent is a qualifying dependent and that you qualify to claim Head of Household.

Red Flags occur when this is your first year claiming the child. It also occurs when you fail to present authorization from the mother that you can claim the child. Experienced tax preparer will usually ask for documents stating you can claim the child or inquire the mother’s permission.

TAX TIPS

Great Tax Tips Every 1st & 2nd time Homeowners Should Know

1. Take Advantage of the MCC (Mortgage Credit Certificate) Program.

All qualified participants will receive up to $2000 dollar credit against the Mortgage interest of the House. This equates up          to 60k in tax savings for the lifespan of your home.  In order to qualify the home must be your primary residence or you              couldn’t have owned a home the last 2-3 years  For more info please Visit My New Home Programs.

2. Downgrade Your Home & Save BIG TIME

You can use the profits from the sell of your first home and apply them to a down payment on your future home.  You are able to take the profits from your first home TAX Free. Depending on your filing status you can take home up to 500k profits from the sell of your home. You have to prove that you have been a residence for at least a couple of years.

3.Property Taxes 

You can deduct your property taxes paid for any number of property you own.

4. Rental Income

IF you rent out your residence for 14 days or less you don’t have to pay any taxes on the money you collected, no matter the amount.  Due to the great law of depreciation if you rent out your home for additional income depreciation usually eliminates your capital gain and you get to pocket the money TAX FREE.

There are numerous advantages that you can take advantage of when buying real estate.  You should discuss the opportunities with your spouse and tax consultant.  With great Tax Planning you can find great ways to use the gov’t to put more money into your pocket.  Most people have he attitude that the government is out to take all of their hard earned money.  The way to avoid this is to do the things they incentivize you to do and you will save tremendously. There are amazing tips available at http://www.irs.gov and also visit My Community Services Facebook Page for great Tax updates and info.

Free Income Tax Assistance Program

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

Do you or a Loved one Qualify for free Income Tax Assistance??

VITA (which stands for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program) was created to help and provide assistance to elderly, disabled, and limited English speaking tax payers.  The program is great because it provides a safe haven for people who are usually targets of certain tax frauds and scams.  It provides a service that can educate and teach the disabled or elderly tax payers. Which will give them the knowledge to avoid being taking advantage of .  The program is safe and secure and it a provides a way for those who are on a fixed income to keep money in their pocket.  To Find our More about the services and requirements please go visit  VITA .