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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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How Do Iowa’s Charitable “Checkoffs” Work?

By | September 14th, 2016|Categories: State Taxes|Tags: , , |

Line 57 of Iowa tax returns allows people filing Iowa tax returns to make contributions to four different causes.

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Glossary: Iowa Form 130

By | August 15th, 2016|Categories: Glossary, State Taxes|Tags: , |

Form 130 is an Iowa income tax form used by taxpayers who live in Iowa and who had income taxed by another state.

Iowa Tuition & Textbook Credit and Private Religious Schools

By | July 28th, 2016|Categories: State Taxes|Tags: , |

For years, I have told my clients that they couldn't take the Iowa Tuition & Textbook Credit if they sent their kids to a private religious school. Iowa law states that the credit can not be taken for tuition expenses related to the teaching of religious doctrines. A client challenged me on this, and I now see that I was wrong.