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How to E-File 2014 Taxes in 2017

Posted by Robert Flanagan on December 14, 2016
Last modified: December 19, 2016

There is a time and place for everything…including your 2014 tax return.

The 2015 tax season was that time and place. Although you’re a little late, you can still file your 2014 taxes. You just won’t be able to electronically file (e-file) it.

IRS e-file dates and deadlines

Each December, the IRS comes out with the e-file start dates and deadlines for that year’s upcoming tax season. For 2014 returns, those dates fell between January and October of 2015. The IRS promptly closes their e-filing system after that.

Can I still submit my 2014 taxes to the IRS?

Yes! You can and you should. You’ll need to sign and mail your tax return to the IRS instead of just submitting it online like you may be used to. The preparation process that you typically follow can remain the same. Not sure where to prepare your return? We can help you with that on RapidTax! It’s quick and easy; even for late tax returns. All you need to do is create an account with a unique username and password. Then begin entering your tax information into our user-friendly application. It’s even free to try with several pricing packages to fit your tax situation once you enter all of your information.

Can I still claim a 2014 tax refund?

That’s a yes! The IRS has a Statute of Limitations in place that allows taxpayers three years from the original due date to claim a refund. That means you can claim your 2014 IRS refund until April 2018.  Keep in mind that it will take a bit longer than usual to receive that refund in the mail since it is a prior year return now. It can take the IRS about 6 weeks to process an accurately completed late tax return.

What penalties am I facing for a 2014 tax due amount?

There are currently two penalties when it comes to late filing a tax return with the IRS. (more…)

When Does E-File End for 2015 Tax Returns?

Posted by Robert Flanagan on December 13, 2016
Last modified: December 16, 2016

The e-file deadline was October 17th, 2016 for 2015 tax returns.

Do you happen to be reading this after the deadline mentioned above? No worries. You can still file your 2015 tax return. You’ll just need to paper file it instead.

How to prepare and paper file your 2015 tax return online?

Sure, the e-file season for 2015 is over. You’re not completely out of luck. You can still prepare your tax return as you normally would. You’ll just need to send it into the IRS instead of submitting it online.

For example, if you typucally use RapidTax each year, you can also use us for your late returns. Here’s how it works:

  1. Create an account with a unique username and password.
  2. Begin entering in your 2015 tax information to our user-friendly application. Feel free to contact our support team with any questions along the way!
  3. Continue through the checkout process and submit your return to be prepared on IRS tax forms.
  4. Print, sign and mail your return to the IRS.

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Does California Tax Income Earned in Other States?

Posted by Robert Flanagan on April 3, 2015
Last modified: October 6, 2016

Yes, California taxes income earned from ALL state sources.

If you’re a California resident, you’re no stranger to high tax rates. In fact, you pay the highest income tax in the country!

Here’s another fact: if you earned income working in another state, you’ll still be forced to pay the same, high California tax rate, even if that other state has a lower tax rate.

According to CA.gov, California residents  are “taxed on ALL income, including income from sources outside California.”

What About Income From a Non-Income Tax State?

If you earned income in one of the seven states that doesn’t assess income tax (Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming), or one of the two states that have no tax on wages (Tennessee and New Hampshire), you’re still required to pay tax on that income to the state of California.

So, let’s say you work remotely from your home in San Diego for a company located in Texas. When filing, you’ll report this income on your California tax return. You’ll also pay a chunk of CA tax on it.

The one piece of good news is that you won’t need to file a non-resident tax return to the tax-free state. You’ll only be required to file a resident return to California. (more…)

Earned Income Tax Credit Tips for Married Filers

Posted by Robert Flanagan on March 27, 2015
Last modified: October 6, 2016

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby… and the Earned Income Tax Credit?

Here’s one for the next round of Jeopardy: the Earned Income Tax Credit or EITC was designed to offset the burden of Social Security taxes paid by low to middle income working families.

And here’s one you can take to bank: if you find yourself struggling to provide for your family you may qualify for the EITC and increase your refund at tax time .

Whether you qualify, not to mention the amount of the credit you’ll receive, depends on your income and how many qualifying children you’re supporting.

Eligibility is based on your income and your filing status

First, in order to qualify, you must file your tax return as married filing jointly. Your filing status can not be filing separately.

Second, your income earned (that is, the wages you received from your job or the net profits you made from self employment), can not exceed a certain threshold.

If you’re married filing jointly, your 2014 adjusted gross income, must be less than:

  • $52,427: 3 or more qualifying children
  • $49,186: 2 qualifying children
  • $43,941: 1 qualifying child
  • $20,020: no qualifying children (more…)

Earned Income Tax Credit Tips for Single & Head of Household Filers

Posted by Robert Flanagan on March 26, 2015
Last modified: October 6, 2016

The Earned Income Tax Credit can add a total of up to $6,044 to your tax refund!

Being a single parent is no picnic. Parenthood is a tough gig, especially when you’re on your own.

Raising a family on one source of income is enough of a headache. On top of that, you have dinner to cook, homework to help with, and sports games to attend. It’s clear, you have a lot on your plate and could use more money in your pocket.

Here’s something you must know: to lessen the financial burden of being a single parent, the IRS offers the Earned Income Tax Credit to qualifying tax filers.

Why Your Income Matters

The EITC or EIC is a refundable tax credit that is only offered to taxpayers who earn low-to-moderate income from their job or from being self-employed. That means if you don’t work, you cannot claim the credit.

In addition, once your income goes over a certain threshold, you won’t qualify to receive the tax credit. (more…)

Tax Deductions for Landlords (Part 3)

Posted by Robert Flanagan on March 25, 2015
Last modified: October 6, 2016

Landlords can also deduct rental property depreciation…

In part 1 and part 2 of this article, we explained that the services and expenses that you paid for could be included as deductions on your tax return.

In addition to these expenses, you can deduct the depreciation of your rental property.

In other words, you can deduct the “wear and tear” costs of the rental property, including any improvements.

Confused? No worries! Keep reading and we’ll get to the bottom of what depreciation means, and explain what types of improvements you can include on your tax return.

What Does “Depreciation” Mean?

For tax purposes, you can deduct the cost of your property along with any improvements you made to it, in the form of depreciation.

Think of depreciation as a way to recover the costs associated with your rental property.

You won’t deduct the cost of buying or improving your rental property as one large tax deduction. Instead, you’ll spread the costs across the “life” of the property.

The amount you can depreciate is dependent on a variety of factors, such as how long the property (or improvement) will last and what it is. To learn more, visit IRS Publication 527, Residential Rental Property. 

What Qualifies?

Owning a piece of property does not automatically qualify you to deduct it’s depreciation value. To deduct the depreciation of a rental property, the IRS requires that you also meet the following criteria:

  • The property produces income (in other words, you rent it out).
  • The property has a “useful life”, meaning it will eventually wear out, get used up, etc. (For example, a house has a useful life while an unused piece of land you own does not.)
  • The useful life of the property is longer than one year. (more…)

Tax Deductions for Landlords (Part 1)

Posted by Robert Flanagan on March 20, 2015
Last modified: October 6, 2016

There are quite a few, often-overlooked expenses that landlords can report as a tax deduction.

If you own rental real estate, you must report the income you earned from this property on your federal tax return. You will also be required to pay tax on your rental income if you made a profit.

First, keep in mind that aside from the monthly payments you receive from your tenants, taxable rental income also includes:

  • advance rent payments
  • security deposits used as a final payment of rent
  • payments for canceling of a lease
  • property or services received in place of money, as rent

So, what’s considered a “rental expense”?

On the plus side, rental properties offer more tax benefits than most investments. In fact, you can deduct a majority of the rental expenses you had during the year. According to the IRS, you can report expenses related to the following:

  1. upkeep & maintenance of the property
  2. conservation & management of the property

Landlord tax deductions also include contract work!

Remember when you forked over thousands to a plumber after your tenant called complaining that the toilet wasn’t flushing?  How about that week the roof collapsed from snowfall and you were forced to track down a roofer?

These (often unexpected) headaches come along with life as a landlord. Fortunately, they are related to the upkeep and maintenance of the property and thus, tax deductible expenses. (more…)

California Income Tax Rates

Posted by Robert Flanagan on March 19, 2015
Last modified: March 21, 2017

California residents pay the highest income tax rates in the country…

California is a paradise to its 38 million residents. Wines in Napa, celebs in L.A., Disneyland in Anaheim, the zoo in San Diego, well, there’s a lot to see and do.

However, living in the golden state comes with a hefty price tag. California levies the highest tax rates in the country. If you’re a new CA resident, you’re bound to notice it most when you file your state return.

Just how pricey is it?

Here are the 2014 California income tax rates for single filers:

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If you’re Married Filing Jointly or Head of Household, just double the income brackets listed above. (more…)

RapidTax Prices Change for the Better!

Posted by Robert Flanagan on March 18, 2015
Last modified: April 21, 2015

We’ve lowered our prices!

Signed up but haven’t filed your 2014 tax return yet? You’ll be happy to hear that we’ve lowered our prices! 

And you still get expert tax help by phone or chat!

Retirees Now File Free!

Are you retired, aged 59 1/2 – that means you were born on or before September 16, 1955 – and received income from a retirement plan or social security? Your federal tax return is now free with RapidTax!

Not a retiree? Visit our pricing page to see who else qualifies for a free return.

File a State Return for $9.95!

The cost to file a state tax return with your federal return is now $9.95. That’s a savings of 50%!

Claiming Dependents? Deluxe drops to $24.95!

If you’re claiming a dependent(s) on your federal tax return, you’ll need our Deluxe Package. The great news is that the Deluxe Package price has decreased to $24.95!

You will also need the Deluxe Package if you’re reporting any of the following items:

  • any above the line deductions
  • alimony income
  • early distributions from retirement plans
  • Premium Tax Credit

Reporting Business Income? E-File for $34.95!

If you earned business or self-employment income in 2014, you’ll also save this tax season! Premier Package customers can now file a federal return for $34.95.

Premier include those reporting any of the following items, along with unlimited professional tax advice:

  • business or self-employment income
  • rental  income
  • royalties
  • capital gains or losses

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What You Need to Know About Claiming Your Dependent Relative

Posted by Robert Flanagan on February 26, 2015
Last modified: October 6, 2016

Taking care of an aging parent or relative can be hard, not to mention expensive. The good news is that you may be able to claim them on your tax return and get a bigger refund.

Supporting a relative can impact many areas of your life.  The most obvious are the changes to your living situation, amount of free time you have, and your finances.

To help relieve the financial strain of caring for a relative, you can report these relatives as dependents on your tax return. Doing so can save you thousands of dollars in taxes, because for every qualified dependent you claim your taxable income is reduced by $3,950.

Your dependent will belong to either one of the two following categories:

  • qualifying child 
  • qualifying relative

To learn more about claiming a qualifying child, refer to this RapidTax post.

Who Can I Claim as a Qualifying Relative Dependent?

The term “relative” may be unclear. For example, is your cousin’s wife considered your relative? How about his ex-wife? (more…)