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How to E-File 2014 Taxes in 2017

Posted by Michelle O'Brien 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 Michelle O'Brien 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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Earned Income Tax Credit Tips for Married Filers

Posted by Michelle O'Brien 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…)

What You Need to Know About Claiming Your Dependent Relative

Posted by Michelle O'Brien 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…)

How To Report Insurance If Covered Under Parent’s Plan

Posted by Emma Lawrence on February 4, 2015
Last modified: November 1, 2016

If you’re covered under your parent’s health insurance plan, you won’t face tax penalties when filing your 2014 Taxes 

If you’re in your early twenties and recently entered the “real world”, you know first hand how overwhelming it can be.

Not only do you feel the pressure to succeed in your first job, but you’ve also been slammed with bills you’ve never seen before. From paying student loans to coughing up rent and everything in between, you’ve got a lot on your plate.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare, paying for health insurance isn’t yet on your list of concerns. Keep in mind however,  you’ll need to report your insurance coverage on your 2014 Tax Return. RapidTax is here to help!

Who is Eligible for Coverage under Parent’s Plan?

You may be unsure if you qualify to be covered under your parent’s health insurance plan. Here’s what you should know:

  • you can stay on your parent’s health insurance policy until you turn 26 years old
  • if you don’t have insurance, you’ll have to pay a fee for being uninsured when filing your taxes (more…)

Can I Claim the Child Tax Credit 2014?

Posted by Michelle O'Brien on January 26, 2015
Last modified: October 6, 2016

If you meet the requirements to claim the Child Tax Credit 2014, expect to see a larger tax refund in 2015

If you have a child, you know first hand that being a parent changes your life.

Along with the new responsibility comes the expenses of having a child, such as food, clothing, classes, pictures, day care and so much more. Luckily, the IRS offers a few tax advantages to help with the never ending costs. One in particular is the Child Tax Credit.

Keep in mind however, just because you have a child, it does not automatically qualify you to claim the Child Tax Credit on your 2014 Taxes.

In order to claim the credit on your 2014 Tax Return, you’ll have to meet the 7 IRS Child Tax Credit requirements

1. Relationship

In order to claim the child tax credit, the child must be one of the following;

  • your child
  • your stepchild
  • a foster child placed with you by a court or authorized agency
  • an adopted child (even if the adoption is not final by the end of the tax year)
  • your brother
  • your sister
  • your stepbrother
  • your stepsister
  • your niece
  • your nephew (more…)

Do I Need To File a 2014 Tax Return?

Posted by Michelle O'Brien on January 5, 2015
Last modified: October 6, 2016

Learn if you’re required to file a 2014 Tax Return…

With RapidTax, you have until October 15, 2015 to e-file your 2014 Tax Return.

However, you may be unsure whether or not you need to go to the effort of filing a 2014 Tax Return. You should first know that the requirement to file a federal tax return depends on your;

  • filing status
  • age
  • income
  • dependency status
  • other unique circumstances

Does Your Income Require Your To File a 2014 Tax Return?

If you’re under 65 and you earned the following income (or more), you’re required to file a 2014 Tax Return;

  • Single: $10,150
  • Head of Household: $13,050
  • Married Filing Jointly: $20,300
  • Married Filing Separately: $3,950
  • Qualifying Widow(er): $16,350

If you are 65 or older and you earned the following income (or more), you’re required to file a 2014 Tax Return:

  • Single: $11,700
  • Head of Household: $14,600
  • Married Filing Jointly: $21,500
  • Married Filing Separately: $3,950
  • Qualifying Widow(er): $17,550

If you are being claimed as a dependent and you earned more than $6,100 in 2014, then you’ll need to file a tax return. (more…)

I Don’t Have Health Insurance- What Happens When I File Taxes?

Posted by Emma Lawrence on December 11, 2014
Last modified: November 1, 2016

If you don’t have insurance you’ll face penalties under ACA when filing your 2014 Taxes.

Obamacare aka The Affordable Care Act requires you and each member of your family to have basic health coverage. This insurance coverage can be through any of the following;

  1. employer-sponsored plan
  2. private health insurance company
  3. government program (ie. Medicare or Medicaid)
  4. federal or state marketplace (health insurance exchange)

If you don’t have health insurance under one of the four sources mentioned above, you’ll be forced to pay a fee when filing your taxes in 2015. The only way to get around this fee is if you qualify as an exemption.

2014 Tax Return Coupon

You’ll be Forced to Pay a Penalty

If you’re not exempt from buying health insurance, you’ll be forced to pay a penalty when you file your 2014 Tax Return. This payment is called the Individual Shared Responsibility and will total the greater of;

  • $95/ per adult + $47.50 per child (up to $285 per family)

OR

How do I Report Health Insurance Through My Employer on My Taxes?

Posted by Emma Lawrence on December 10, 2014
Last modified: November 1, 2016

If you received insurance coverage through your employer in 2014, it will be reported in Box 12 of your W-2 Form.

Obamacare – also known as the Affordable Care Act, or the ACA – is a law enacted to ensure that all Americans can afford health insurance. It also requires Americans to have qualified health insurance as of January 1, 2014 through one of the following forms of coverage;

  • employer-sponsored plan
  • private health insurance company
  • government program (ie. Medicare or Medicaid)
  • federal or state marketplace (health insurance exchange)

If you received health coverage through your employer, the insurance information that you’ll need to report on your 2014 taxes will be found on your W-2 Form.

If you didn’t receive insurance through your employer and instead were enrolled in the Marketplace during 2014, visit the RapidTax Blog post “ I’m Enrolled in Obamacare Marketplace- How Do I Report it On My Taxes?”.

Reporting Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage on 2014 Taxes

If you received insurance coverage through your employer in 2014, follow these steps;

1. By the end of January 2015, you’ll receive a Form W-2. You may also receive a 1095-C. Hold onto each of these.

2. Your employer is not required to send you Form 1095-C. If they do, you’ll notice your health insurance information listed. You may want to review this form. Next year, you’ll definitely receive one. (more…)

I’m Enrolled in Obamacare Marketplace- How Do I Report it On My Taxes?

Posted by Emma Lawrence on December 9, 2014
Last modified: November 1, 2016

Enrolled in the Health Insurance Marketplace? Here’s how you’ll report your coverage on your 2014 Taxes

Obamacare – also known as the Affordable Care Act, or the ACA – is a law enacted to ensure that all Americans can afford health insurance.

If you enrolled in the Obamacare Marketplace, you’ll need to report it on your 2014 Tax Return. The information you report will directly impact your tax refund.

Below, you’ll find out how to report your health care insurance that you purchased through the marketplace on your 2014 taxes.

Reporting Obamacare on 2014 Tax Return

If you purchased your health care insurance through the marketplace for 2014, refer to the following steps;

  1. By the end of January 2015, you’ll receive a Form 1095-A in the mail. Don’t throw this form away! You’ll need it in order to complete your 2014 tax return.

  2. Look over the Form 1095-A. The following information will be reported;

  • effective date
  • the total amount of your premium through the Health Insurance Marketplace
  • the total premium assistance you received (aka the advanced payments of the premium tax credit paid directly to your insurance company to lower your out-of-pocket monthly premiums)
  1. Once you’re ready to prepare your 2014 taxes, have your Form 1095-A (and any other tax documents) on hand. (more…)