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for questions that relate to tax credits. A tax credit is a sum deducted from the total amount a taxpayer owes to the state.

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Do I not qualify for any education tax breaks?

I'm planning on going back to school for a graduate degree. Looking at the different tax breaks I could find related to education: The American Opportunity tax credit: This is not an undergraduate ...
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If your spouse passes away do you lose any tax credits (GST and Trillium Credit) owed to them before they died?

My husband passed away this pass on 17-July-2018. Until he passed away we hadn't filed our income tax for the years 2015, 2016 and 2017. I am wondering if and when I do decide to file our taxes; ...
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USA: Can I deduct the cost of solar power that I didn't earn back in credits?

I am located in the USA. The federal government allows a 30% tax credit on solar. Details here: http://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program/detail/1235 In addition to that, it appears to me that ...
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Used ToD life insurance to pay estate bills; any tax benefit to the insurance beneficiary? (USA)

The deceased owned the life insurance policy and named a single beneficiary to receive the insurance money (transfer on death). That single beneficiary used all of the life insurance proceeds to pay ...
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How is the federal tax credit on EV's applied?

My current vehicle is on it's death bed and I am trying to do my research before purchasing a new all electric vehicle and one of my biggest considerations is the utilization of the federal tax ...
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Can sales tax in a foreign country be used as credits to offset US taxes?

Say you are an American citizen living in the UK. You are required by [draconian] U.S. law to pay full taxes on your income as though you are resident in the U.S. However, there are several treaties ...
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Avoid wasting Canadian tuition credit with double taxation on Canadian Income in US

I live in US with income in Canada and have a large amount of unused tuition tax credits in Canada. My understanding is that when doing US Tax I should report my full Canadian income and the amount ...
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Foreign Tax Credit / form 1116

I have a foreign retirement income. Income tax is withheld at source in a foreign country. As I have to file form 1116 to get the FTC (foreign tax credit) I need to know if such retirement is a “...
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Federal ID number for West London University

My son is attending West London University and I need to fill out tax form 1098T for the IRS to get the American Opportunity Credit. They are asking for the university's "Federal ID number" (It may ...
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Can I increase value of non-refundable credit by paying less taxes?

I'm in the United States. The Child Tax Credit is a non-refundable credit of $1000. Scenario 1 : I do my taxes at the end of the year and before applying the credit I owe $1000, then presumably ...
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Why don't “normal” tax credits apply towards self-employment tax?

This is a USA tax question. Preparing my taxes (regular form 1040), I noticed that the "Other Taxes" section comes after the "Tax and Credit" section. I have some "wages, salaries, tips" income, ...
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Does the increase in the Child Tax credit affect the Empire State child credit as well?

NY state has a tax credit called the Empire state child tax credit. According to the description of this credit on the NY state department of finances website If you claimed the federal child tax ...
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Can you be penalized for setting an arbitrarily high number of allowances on your W-4?

I withheld too much in taxes this year. I will benefit a good amount from the Lifetime Learning Credit, which I hadn't heard about until today. Even if I don't pay a cent in taxes for the rest of the ...
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In what order do solar (rolling) and EV (non-rolling) tax credits stack?

Location: Texas, USA. Background: This year I installed a solar system on my house and bought an EV. Both have a tax credit associated with them. The EV credit ($7,500) does not roll over to next ...
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US - educational tax credit on imputed income for educational expenses?

My wife is employed by a university. Up to a certain monetary amount, she can take classes with no financial or tax impact. (I believe this amount is set by the IRS but that's not at issue here.) ...
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Can you claim a training course in Canada if you are provided a receipt but not a T2202A form?

I completed a 200h Yoga Teacher Training course in Canada but noticed that most yoga schools are not HRSDC certified providers, so am wondering if tuition tax credits can still be claimed?
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Are the education credits given on your taxes based on the amount of your expense, or is it a base amount of credit no matter your expenses?

My daughter needs to prove her education expenses for the education credits she received on her 2014 taxes. This was her first year filing taxes and she did use a tax lady. The tax lady has told us we ...
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Tax relief on UK salary income

I am tax-resident in the USA and non-resident in the UK. I receive income from my former UK employer (in the form of stocks vesting in the UK) on which I pay UK income tax. Is this type of income ...
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ACA Premium Tax Credit - Claiming for prior year

At the start of the year I did not think I would qualify for the subsidy, but as things have turned out my income was less than the maximum. The health plan I used was available both through the ...
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Tax question for US citizen with postdoctoral fellowship in Europe

I have received an offer for a postdoc in Europe. The postdoc gets paid a scholarship that is not taxed in the European country. I will be living in this country 12 months out of the year and will ...
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Nonbusiness Energy Property Credit for 2015 Taxes (USA Taxes)

In December of 2015, I had a new home A/C and furnace system installed. I wrote the check to the installer in January of 2016 for the job. I just found out that in December of 2015, congress extended ...
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Claiming foreign tax credit by amending a tax return

I am a Norwegian citizen who has been living and working in the US (California) as a resident alien since October 2014. These were my major sources of income in 2015: Wages from my American employer ...
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Should I File as an Independent in Order to Claim the American Opportunity Tax Credit?

My financial circumstances: I am a full-time undergraduate student employed by the university through the federal work-study program. I expect my total income for the year of 2016 to be a little over ...
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Get rebate if investment tax credits exceed taxes due?

If I get a large investment tax credit that exceeds the taxes that I owe, do I get a tax refund, or is the credit lost? If excess credits cannot be turned into a refund can I defer them to another ...
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Will I lose the AMT tax I paid if my startup fails?

I recently parted ways with a startup. I was granted options and now must exercise them. When I exercise them, I will incur the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). If the company fails and goes bankrupt,...
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Foreign Tax Deduction vs Credit

As I understand it, the Form 1116 Foreign Tax Credit is intended to allow you to avoid double taxation on foreign income. You are allowed a credit up to the amount of US tax that is due to the ...
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School didn't add tuition for spring semester to 1098-T. Can I still claim it?

I graduated college in May 2015 after completing my spring semester. I later received the 1098-T from my school. My school only listed my $200 lab fee for the spring semester because they ...
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Past years child tax credits using alien non resident spouses income

FYI, I live outside the U.S. My wife has a non-resident alien status as far as the IRS is concerned. Until this year I never reported her income as I am allowed to do. I recently learned that I can ...
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Can MOOCs be treated the same as university for taxes (US)?

Without understanding a lot about taxes, I know that there are several tax credit opportunities for college students in the US (The American Opportunity tax credit, Lifetime Learning Credit, etc). ...
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Can I claim GST/HST Input Tax Credits (ITCs) on Uber, taxi, or limousine fares?

Uber invoices do not include a GST/HST number, and tax is not separated. On the other hand, Uber drivers ARE required to be registered for GST/HST and collect & remit the tax. http://...
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How is the obamacare tax credit calculated?

In the first 9 months of this year I had a relatively high income. However, I have no income since October. I used to have health insurance from my employer but now I am trying to get health insurance ...
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Do you pay any tax on dividends up to £30k?

I'm a bit confused how dividends are taxable. Assuming I want to take ~£30k dividends ('tax credit' excluded) on which I will use my ~£10k personal allowance. Do I pay any income tax from it (from ...
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Understanding the Home renovation tax credit in ontario

I am trying to figure out the home renovation tax credit Does it only apply to the home I live in? If I currently live in a rental property but am allowed to do renovations, can I apply for the ...
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Tax exemptions for US stocks held in a Candian account

As a Canadian, if I buy US stocks and receive dividends in a non tax sheltered account, then those dividends are not suited for dividend tax credit. Also, if I sell and incur a gain(within 1 yr), do I ...
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Unused Education Tax Credit carryover amounts in ON Canada

I am filing taxes in Ontario, Canada, using simpletax.ca which has been a super useful platform. I am struggling to understand how it is calculating my refund, however. From 2013, I have $16,473 in ...
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American opportunity credit with foreign country education

I am reporting 2014 tax by TaxAct software. One field is for education. My situation is I took a course for a certification in 2014. It was my first education course in US. I earned my Phd in a ...
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Claiming residential energy credits on US tax return

I just did my 2014 taxes last night through Tax Act Online and I claimed an expense of $2,000 for improved insulation and $2,500 for replaced doors and windows on my house. I think those estimated ...
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Donating to US versus Canadian charities to maximizing tax benefits

I am a US citizen and I have the option to make my charitable donations in either the US or Canada for the next few years. How do I maximize my tax benefit for a fixed donation size? My ...
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Taxable Scholarship Qualifications

I am trying to determine whether or not a particular scholarship I received (the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship in South Carolina) may or must (or may not or must not) be considered taxable income. ...
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Can I claim the child care tax credit in addition to using a dependent care FSA?

Dependent care FSA is capped at $5000 annually and I use this entirely. The annual child care credit is $3000. If my expenses are over $8000, can I utilize both of these in the same calendar year?
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What is the difference between Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit?

In the UK, how does Child Tax Credit differ from Child Benefit? It appears to me that those who receive Child Tax Credit are fewer than those who receive Child Benefit, as there are more criteria ...
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Can an unmarried couple each claim half of the federal EV-tax credit?

We are an unmarried couple who bought a car together. We bought a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and it qualifies for a $4000 federal tax credit. Can the EV tax credit be split between the two of us (filing ...
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Can I legally include an expense made to a school that was later refunded? (American Opportunity Tax Credit)

This is ethically questionable, I'm sure of that. However, this is an expense that was made and should be, according to the information I am provided, acceptable. This is also a purchase that will not ...
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Day care tax deduction

In the US, are day-care expenses tax deductible? And if so under what conditions? For example, if one parent is working, but the other is still going to (graduate) school, is any kind of deduction ...
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How is the Canada Employment Amount tax credit calculated?

To calculate the Canada Employment Amount as a non refundable tax credit, this link explains: Canada employment amount is a non-refundable credit for work-related expenses, such as home ...
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US income taxes for an Indian citizen with US-sourced income

I am an Indian citizen who left US after completing my masters in Aug 2010. Since then I have never re-entered the US and I stayed only in India. I was in the US only on a student visa and did not ...
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Can I claim a tax credit on money I send to India for my parents' healthcare?

I live in Canada and I'm a permanent resident. If I send money to my parents in India, can I claim any kind of tax benefit on that e.g. under the caregiver tax? I know if I bring them here and they ...
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What is the status of the Child Tax Credit for 2013?

There have been many tax changes in the US recently, including the increase of the payroll tax. However, I haven't heard about the significant child tax credit. Will the child tax credit stay at its ...
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Repayment of 2010 First-time Homebuyer Tax Credit

My wife and I received the full $8000 first-time homebuyer tax credit when we bought our home in April 2010, but we're now planning to move. According to the IRS, since we've lived here for less than ...
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Clarification on American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOC) calculation for income tax return?

Background: I am a 22 year old college graduate who got a full time job after graduation. Numbers are close to actual values but rounded for simplicity. MAGI: $20000 Qualified Education Expenses ...