How Changes in Your Life Can Save You Money

Tax Deductions and Credits How Changes in Your Life Can Save You Money

Whether you got married last year or are purchased your first home, changes experienced in your life can bring about many questions and uncertainties. Although you may have questions about how life events affect your finances, one thing is certain, your, what might seem crazy, ever-changing life can save you money on your taxes.

Did you get married last year? Purchase your dream home? Have a baby? Or have another life change? Don’t worry we have you covered. Check out just a sample of big life events that save you money at tax time and how we can help you.

Getting married. Did you get married this year, or are you considering it? We know weddings cost a bundle and can really set you back, but one perk of getting married is you could now see some bigger tax benefits than when you were single.

Now that you’ve tied the knot, you and your loved one can now file your taxes as married filing jointly and may see lower tax liability than when you were single. This is because there are lower federal tax rates for couples who file married filing jointly compared to filing as single, most married couples will see tax savings or a “marriage bonus”.

You will also see bigger tax deductions and credits now that you can file as married filing jointly. For example, a bigger standard deduction for tax year 2019 the standard deduction is increased to $12,200 if you are filing as single and $24,400 married filing jointly. Also, in 2019 the Earned Income Tax Credit is up to $6,557 with three kids if you are married filing jointly. Even if you were married on December 31 of last year, you are considered married all year and can reap the rewards of being married.

Buying a new home. Homeownership is a big and rewarding life change that is also one of the biggest tax savings people see. Your mortgage and property taxes can really break the bank, but if you purchased a home this year or you are considering it, you can deduct your home mortgage interest and property taxes. Also, don’t forget the points you paid to secure the loan can also be deducted.

Having a baby. Did you have a baby last year? If so, congratulations on your new addition to the family! Combined with all the joy and excitement a child brings, you may be trying to figure out how you’re going to pay the costs of supporting your baby.

Well, fortunately, your family is now eligible for new tax deductions and credits as well. Some of the tax benefits you will receive for having a baby are the child tax credit and child care credit . The increased credit is a benefit to new parents.  You can see why your new baby can be considered your biggest little tax deduction.

TurboTax can help you save money through life’s transitions. Life transitions may feel like many things at once: exciting, emotional, confusing, hopeful and often expensive. On the bright side, these life moments often bring big tax benefits.

Don’t worry about knowing these tax rules. TurboTax asks you simple questions about you and gives you the tax deductions and credits you’re eligible for based on your answers. If you have questions, you can connect live via one-way video to a TurboTax Live CPA or Enrolled Agent to get your tax questions answered. TurboTax Live CPAs and Enrolled Agents are available in English and Spanish and can also review, sign, and file your tax return.

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  1. My wife and I married on March of 2017. She is from Africa. I supported her the entire year but had no SSN for her. Obtaining an ITIN was not in the works because the paperwork filed for her Visa also included a SSA application for a SSN. I filed single because I didn’t have her SSN. Now that she is here and has a SSN am I able to file an amendment?

  2. My wife is currently self employed and I am retired and we pay estimated taxes each year. However, she is going to retire at the end of December. How do we get Turbo Tax to recognize that change in our taxable income for next year and reduce our estimated taxes.

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