Credits and Deductions for Individuals

By: Greg Holbert

Education is still the foundation for success in our society. We have to strive and work very hard to get what we want out of life. The Internal Revenue Service has put in place several deductions and credits to help people get the education they need to have their dream jobs. Bill HR 4213 is the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act and it will give American families over five billion dollars worth in tax credits and deductions for 2010.

First, the College Tuition Tax Cut extends the deductions that give Americans a chance at a great education. This deduction helps you with college tuition charges and various fees to make sure your dream can become a reality.

The Property Tax Deduction is more a continuance of the standardized deduction for property taxes of state local and federal taxes. Those who do not itemize their deductions will receive five hundred dollars for themselves or one thousand dollars for people who file jointly.

Another bill that will be great for teachers who get their students the items they need for school and have to pay out of their own pockets. It's called the Tax Cut for School Teachers, and it applies to books, desk supplies, software and computer services, and several other materials that will aid in the education process.

Next, the Sales Tax Deduction allows taxpayers the option to deduct local and state sales tax while filing their federal tax returns. The money you can save with this deduction is definitely necessary to keep some families together and financially stable.

Regardless of the fact the Energy Efficiency Credits will be taking a hit, the Tax Cut for Energy-Efficient Homes will give families that have upgraded their homes for energy efficiency the money they deserve.

Unemployment Insurance will continue through the end of the year. This will help families who have recently become unemployed keep their loved ones insured and taken care of while the economy is stimulated with more jobs. The federal benefits would have ended at the conclusion of May and many hard working Americans who were fired or lost their jobs through economic downsizing or otherwise not their fault and they would've been left with no way to feed their families or pay bills while they struggle to become employed again. With this bill in place workers who are unemployed gives those families an additional thirteen to twenty weeks of their predetermined benefits.

This bill has been approved by the House of Representatives and the next stop is the Senate. Finally, the last stop will be getting signed by the president. These troubled times make these bills seem even more important for our struggling economy. Getting the most out of your tax returns can be made simple by using Online Tax Pros. Visit our site and see why people use us every year when filing their taxes.

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