Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EARNED AND UNEARNED INCOME?

Earned income is income that was worked for; generally, this is wages, self-employment income, and certain disbursements from partnerships are what fall under this category.

Unearned income is income that is passive, such as retirement, interest, dividends, and so on.

WHAT CREDITS DO I LOSE IF I FILED MARRIED-FILING SEPARATELY?

You cannot take the credit for child and dependent care expenses in most cases, and you can only exclude $2,500 of income from an employer's dependent care assistance program. Your capital loss deduction limit is $1,500.

You cannot take the earned income credit, education credits, student loan deductions, or adoption credits. You cannot exclude interest income from a US savings bond.

You can receive half of the joint-return deductions for the exemptions, the child tax credit, the retirement savings contributions, and itemized deductions. If your spouse itemizes, you cannot claim the standard deduction.

If you lived together with your spouse at any point of the year, you can't claim the elderly or disabled credit and you must include 85% of social security or equivalent railroad retirement benefits. Please ask about our offer and compromise services in Killeen, TX

WHO AM I ALLOWED TO CLAIM ON MY TAX RETURN?

If you are getting ready for tax preparation in Killeen, TX, it is important to note that you are allowed to claim yourself, your spouse, and any dependents that are actually your dependent. They do not have to be related to you to claim their exemption, but they do have to be a qualified relative to claim other credits against them.

MY CHILD WORKS. CAN I CLAIM THEM?

In Killeen, TX if you earned three times or more than their income, yes. They should make less than the exemption on a tax return, but that it is not always the case. In some cases, as long as the dependent makes less than 3x the amount the parent makes, they can still be claimed.

Dependents must be dependents to be claimed. If they do not rely on you for the bills and for food, and instead pay for it themselves, they are not dependents.

WHAT IS AN EXTENSION?

An extension is a form that extends the deadline to fine a tax return by 6 months. This will allow individuals to file later than the deadline and not be penalized for failing to file. However, the penalties for failure to pay and interest on the balance due will still be assessed until payment in full is rendered.

An extension on a personal income tax return (Form 1040 series) extends the deadline from April 17 to October 15.