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Will You Get a Cash Rebate?

As part of the economic plan to stimulate the economy, the government will be sending rebate checks to most taxpayers. As with most tax issues, it is not simple and, in fact, somewhat complicated. There are many factors to consider, such as who qualifies for the rebate, how is it calculated, what does a taxpayer need to do, if anything, to get the rebate, and how does the rebate affect a taxpayer’s return for 2008.

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Obamacare Adds New Levels of Complexity to Tax Returns
Obamacare – or, more officially, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – insurance mandate, along with its health insurance premium subsidies available from insurance marketplaces, premium tax credit (PTC), and penalty for not being insured, is going to affect just about every taxpayer in one way or another.

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Last-Minute Congressional Action May Require Some Year-End Tax Moves
Recent legislation passed just before adjournment by Congress provides some last-minute opportunities for taxpayers. These include tax provisions that had expired in 2013 but because of this bill have been extended through 2014. However, to take advantage of these extended laws you must qualify for them based on actions taken earlier in the year or you will need to take action before the end of the year, which does not give you a lot of time. The following are five extender provisions for which there is enough time to take last-minute action that could produce substantial tax benefits for 2014.

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