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I have seven Children can i claim them all on my taxes

Q) I have seven Children can i claim them all on my taxes

A) There is no maximum amount of dependents you’re allowed to claim on your tax return. You can claim all dependents who are qualified child dependents according to IRS rules. Consider it a token of appreciation for supporting the ever-increasing costs of diapers, astronomical college tuition fees and for simply putting food on the table each night.

What qualifies a child as my dependent?
You may see this question to have a simple answer if you are married parents filing a joint return. However, for single parents, married parents who file separately or other relatives, the answer is not as clear.

A qualifying child dependent has slightly different requirements than a qualifying relative dependent does. In order to be considered a qualifying child dependent, they must meet all of the following requirements:

The child must be a U.S. citizen, national, resident or a resident of Mexico or Canada.
The child cannot be claimed by someone else or themselves if they are also taking the personal exemption.
If the child is filing a tax return, they cannot be claiming a dependent.
The child cannot be filing a joint tax return.
The child must be your son, daughter, stepchild, brother, sister, eligible foster child, half sibling, stepsibling, or adopted child. He/she can also qualify if they are an offspring of any of the above.
The child must have lived with you for more than half of the year.
The child must be under 19 years old. If the child is a full-time student, they must be under 24 years old. There is no age limit if the child is totally and permanently disabled.
You must have provided more than half of the child’s annual financial support.
How much is each dependent child worth on my tax return?
Each child claimed as a dependent reduces your taxable income by $4,000. Contrary to popular belief, this does not mean that $4,000 will be added to your refund or directly deducted from your tax bill. It means that the income amount that you are being taxed on is reduced which ultimately reduces your tax bill (or increases your refund amount).

Although claiming a dependent or two on your tax return opens the door to qualifying for the Child Tax Credit, it does not guarantee it. https://www.rapidtax.com/blog/how-many-kids-can-you-claim-on-taxes/




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  1. According to the IRS – Some tax returns take longer to process than others for many reasons, including when a return:

    Includes errors
    Is incomplete
    Is affected by identity theft or fraud
    Includes a claim filed for an Earned Income Tax Credit or an Additional Child Tax Credit. See Q&A below.
    Includes a Form 8379, Injured Spouse Allocation, which could take up to 14 weeks to process
    Needs further review in general
    We will contact you by mail when we need more information to process your return. https://www.irs.gov/refunds/tax-season-refund-frequently-asked-questions

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Corporations

In forming a corporation, prospective shareholders exchange money, property, or both, for the corporation’s capital stock. A corporation generally takes the same deductions as a sole proprietorship to figure its taxable income. A corporation can also take special deductions. For federal income tax purposes, a C corporation is recognized as a separate taxpaying entity. AContinue Reading

How can I check the status of my amended return?

Q) How can I check the status of my amended return? A) You can check the status of your Form 1040X (PDF), Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, using the “Where’s My Amended Return?” (WMAR) online tool or the toll-free telephone number 866-464-2050 three weeks after you file your amended return.  Both tools are available in English and Spanish andContinue Reading

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Husband and Wife Business – What is a Qualified Joint Venture?

On May 25, 2007 the Small Business and Work Opportunity Tax Act of 2007 was signed into law and affect changes to the treatment  of qualified joint ventures of married couples not treated as partnerships. The provision is effective for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2006. The provision generally permits a qualified joint venture whoseContinue Reading

I have a question on the tax side of splitting up house proceeds from basically an inheritance (actually from property gifted to 4 siblings

Q) I have a question on the tax side of splitting up house proceeds from basically an inheritance (actually from property gifted to 4 siblings by the last wife of the father of those siblings after his death). Basically, this “inheritance” to 4 siblings involved preparing the property for sale, and really only 1 of theContinue Reading

How do I request a non-filing verification letter?

Q) How do I request a non-filing verification letter? A) An IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter – provides proof that the IRS has no record of a filed Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ for the year you requested. Non Tax filers can request an IRS Verification of Non-filing of their 2015 tax return status, free of charge,Continue Reading

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Why is my refund different than the amount expected on tax return I filed?

Q) Why is my refund different than the amount expected on tax return I filed? A) According to the IRS – If you owe past-due federal tax, state income tax, state unemployment compensation debts, child support, spousal support, or certain federal nontax debts, such as student loans, all or part of your refund may be used (offset)Continue Reading

How would I obtain a private letter ruling?

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How Do I Make My Quarterly Payments?

Estimated tax is the method used to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes and income tax, because you do not have an employer withholding these taxes for you. Form 1040-ES, Estimated Tax for Individuals (PDF), is used to figure these taxes. Form 1040-ES contains a worksheet that is similar to Form 1040. You will need your priorContinue Reading

How do I sign my tax return when I (e-filing) using online filing software?

Q)  How do I sign my tax return when I e-file using online filing software? A) According to the IRS  – You sign your tax return using the Self-Select PIN method.  The Self-Select PIN method allows taxpayers to electronically sign their individual income tax return by selecting a five-digit personal identification number (PIN).  The PIN is anyContinue Reading

What are My Self-Employed Tax Obligations?

As a self-employed individual, generally you are required to file an annual return and pay estimated tax quarterly. Self-employed individuals generally must pay self-employment tax (SE tax) as well as income tax. SE tax is a Social Security and Medicare tax primarily for individuals who work for themselves. It is similar to the Social SecurityContinue Reading

I don’t owe taxes. Can I file electronically (e-filing) after April 15?

Q)  I don’t owe taxes. Can I file electronically (e-filing) after April 15? A) According to the IRS- Electronically (e-filing) filed tax returns are accepted until November 23. If April 15 does not fall on a weekend or legal holiday, you must file Form 4868 (PDF), Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, on orContinue Reading

If you receive a letter or notice from the IRS

If you receive a letter or notice from the IRS, it will explain the reason for the correspondence and provide instructions. Many of these letters and notices can be dealt with simply, without having to call or visit an IRS office. The notice you receive covers a very specific issue about your account or taxContinue Reading

I need transcripts from irs confirming my recent filing of my back tax years. 2008, 2012, 13, 14, & 15. How do i get these?

Q) I need transcripts from irs confirming my recent filing of my back tax years. 2008, 2012, 13, 14, & 15. How do i get these? A) According to the IRS: You can get a transcript by mail to view your tax account transactions or line-by-line tax return information for a specific tax year. The method youContinue Reading

I don’t owe taxes. Can I file electronically (e-filing) after April 15?

Q)  I don’t owe taxes. Can I file electronically (e-filing) after April 15? A) According to the IRS- Electronically (e-filing) filed tax returns are accepted until November 23. If April 15 does not fall on a weekend or legal holiday, you must file Form 4868 (PDF), Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, on orContinue Reading