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Good Deeds Gone Bad: Getting a Tax Break for That Loan Your Nephew Never Paid Back
There's good reason to be cautious about lending money to family. If the borrower isn't conscientious about repayment, you're stuck between trying to get your money back and maintaining family harmony. But say you went ahead and did it. You loaned money to a relative—like a nephew—and he didn't pay you back. If it's any consolation, you can get a tax break for bad loans made to family, but it's not as simple as checking a box on your return. And if you didn't properly document the loan, you might be out of luck. Read more…

How Do I Request Prior Year Federal Tax Returns?
You can request prior tax returns, for a fee, from the IRS. Read more…

Who Needs an ITIN or Individual Tax Identification Number?
The Individual Tax Identification Number, or ITIN, allows taxpayers who don't have a Social Security Number (SSN) to file income tax returns. Unlike other forms of ID, ITINs only have one purpose—tax filing and reporting. Having an ITIN number won't make you eligible for benefits, such as Social Security or earned income credits that provide refunds to some low-income filers. Read more…

Who Is Exempt from Paying Social Security Tax?
Most people can't avoid paying Social Security taxes on their employment and self-employment income. There are, however, exemptions available to specific groups of taxpayers. Read more…

Do You Have to File an Income Tax Return?
Believe it or not, there may be years when you don't have to file an income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service. To make this determination, you need to evaluate a number of factors, such as the amount of income you earn and your filing status. It also depends on whether you’re the dependent of another taxpayer, and a number of special circumstances that require the filing of a tax return regardless of other factors. Read more…


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