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Basics of the Iowa Form 130

By | October 4th, 2017|Categories: State Taxes|Tags: , |

This blog post is about the Iowa Form 130, which Iowa residents use to claim a credit on their Iowa tax return for taxes paid to another state.

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Revisiting a History of Marriage in the Tax Code, Part 6

By | September 28th, 2017|Categories: Potpourri of Tax Topics|Tags: , , |

Now let’s look at what the IRS and the courts had to say about the issue of filing separate tax returns and community property law in the 1920s.

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Can a Seasonal Business Do Budgeting and Break-Even Analysis?

By | September 26th, 2017|Categories: Small Business Tax and Accounting|Tags: , , , |

Even if a business is only open for 3 or 4 months out of the year, the business will have income and expenses during that timeframe. A business owner can estimate those numbers (budgeting!) and use those numbers to determine how many jobs need performed (lawns mowed, driveways cleared of snow, etc.) in order to at least break even.

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Revisiting a History of Marriage in the Tax Code, Part 5

By | September 20th, 2017|Categories: Potpourri of Tax Topics|Tags: , , |

Community property laws factored heavily into the creation of filing statuses in the U.S. Tax Code.

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Glossary: AGI

By | September 14th, 2017|Categories: Potpourri of Tax Topics|Tags: , |

AGI stands for "adjusted gross income." AGI is the bottom-line number on the front side of the federal Form 1040. It's a key number as a taxpayer's AGI determines eligibility for credits and various deductions elsewhere on the tax return.

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