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Tax Tips for Single Dads
Only 1% of households were headed by single fathers back in 1960. By the time of the most recent Pew Research Center study in 2013, that number had jumped to 8%. If you’re in this growing group, read on. Tax law is gender neutral, so whether you’re a single father or a single mother, the same rules apply when you file your tax return if you’re raising a family on your own. Read more…

Tax Tips When Sending Kids to Private or Public Schools
The decision to send your child to a public or private school is a personal choice. If you settle on private K-12 schooling, there are a few benefits that can help to reduce your federal tax liability and, in some states, your state tax as well. You’ll really see a tax benefit, though, when you send your child to college. Both private and public post-secondary educations come with some generous tax breaks for your family to help make education more affordable. Read more…

What is the Additional Child Tax Credit?
Understanding the Additional Child Tax Credit begins with the original Child Tax Credit. So what do you need to know? To start, the Child Tax Credit is up to a $1,000 credit that you can claim for each of your dependent children under the age of 17, subject to some limitations. Read more…

8 Money-Saving Tax Tips for Parents
No one ever said raising kids would be a cost-effective undertaking. But after your initial "investment" in diapers, baby food and all the other necessary bells and whistles, the financial perks of having children come at tax time. Tax credits and deductions for parenting expenses can result in a lower tax bill and a higher refund. Read more…

Claiming a Non-Citizen Spouse and Children on Your Taxes
When your spouse and children are U.S. citizens, claiming them on your taxes is simple: just provide their names and Social Security numbers. When they're non-citizens, though, things may be a little more complicated. But you can still claim them—and reap the tax benefits of doing so. Read more…


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