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Why is it Better to File Married Filing Separately in Iowa?

By | December 5th, 2016|Categories: State Taxes|Tags: , , , |

Today I want to answer a basic question: it’s almost always better for married couples to file as married filing separately instead of married filing jointly on their Iowa return. Why?

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Iowa Taxes: Married Filing Separately on Combined Return vs. Married Filing Separately on Separate Returns

By | December 1st, 2016|Categories: State Taxes|Tags: , , , , , , |

Iowa tax law throws unique wrinkles at taxpayers when it comes to filing options for married couples.

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The Iowa School Tuition Organization Tax Credit

By | October 24th, 2016|Categories: State Taxes|Tags: , , |

The School Tuition Organization Tax Credit is one of many tax credits available to claim under special circumstances on an Iowa tax return.

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I’m Writing an Iowa Tax Guidebook and Need Your Help

By | September 30th, 2016|Categories: State Taxes|Tags: |

Image courtesy of user Nemo on Pixabay.com One of my side projects this past summer was to start working on a reference guide for Iowa tax returns. In looking through other published materials, I see California and New York have guidebooks. In my opinion Iowa taxes are just as convoluted as those states, but [...]

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Accounting for Iowa Charitable Checkoffs on the Federal Tax Return

By | September 16th, 2016|Categories: State Taxes|Tags: , , , |

How do amounts given to the charitable checkoffs affect the federal tax return as to the following two scenarios: 1) Being taxed on your Iowa tax refund, and 2) Deducting any Iowa taxes owed?

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