Taxes 2024: Our Indispensable Cheat Sheet for Filing Your Tax Return This Year
This essential guide can help you find all the answers you need for getting your taxes filed this year.
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Three weeks into the 2024 tax season, and the IRS has already sent nearly 7.5 million refunds back to taxpayers. If you're expecting money back too, submitting your tax return is probably high on your to-do list. And if you plan to file soon, make sure to gather all the necessary paperwork to make filing easier.
Completing your taxes isn't always easy, especially when you aren't a tax professional or up to date with the latest tax laws. The rules vary by year and by person, depending on your filing status, age, income and other factors.
As you navigate the 2024 tax season, use our cheat sheet to help you find all the answers you need. The resources below provide expert advice on tricky tax topics and can help you start your return.
Hopefully, these resources can help you file with confidence, get the biggest tax refund possible and minimize stress.
As with most tasks, the hardest part of doing your taxes is starting. You have to gather all your necessary forms (and track down any that are missing), pick a service or software to use and then spend hours completing your return.
With the child tax credit tax break, you could be eligible for up to $2,000 per child. The rules around which kids qualify and how much money you could get refunded can be confusing, however. Here's what to know about this benefit.
Once you've started your return for tax year 2023, make sure you get every penny owed to you. One way to maximize your tax refund is to check all of the potential tax credits and deductions that could lower your tax bill.
Learn the basics of itemizing deductions (or taking the standard deduction), and review all the ways that you can pay less or get a bigger refund.