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4 Things New Parents Need to Know About Taxes

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Babies and taxesBecoming a parent is one of the biggest transformations you'll ever go through. As you consider nursery-room renovations, midnight feedings, diaper changes, and the other challenges of parenthood, probably the last thing on your mind is the impact that having children can have on your income taxes.

Fortunately, when it comes to taxes, the news for parents is generally good.

Here's a brief look at some of the ways that having children can help you save on your tax return.




Motley Fool contributor Dan Caplinger has enjoyed the tax and other benefits of his daughter for seven years. You can follow him on Twitter here.


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Are You Exempt From Health Care Coverage?

The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is an individual mandate that requires all eligible Americans to have some form of basic health coverage by 2014. Those without insurance will receive a penalty when they file their tax returns ? that is, unless they have an exemption. TurboTax's Exemption Check can help you find out whether or not you qualify for an exemption.

Essential Tax Forms for the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also referred to as Obamacare, affects how millions of Americans will prepare their taxes in the new year. The law now includes penalties for all who haven?t obtained health insurance -- and those penalties are expected to be paid at tax time. The ACA also provides tax credits to help people pay for insurance, and you can claim those credits when you file your taxes. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has introduced a number of tax forms to accommodate the ACA.

Mortgage Refinance Tax Deductions

When refinancing a mortgage to get a lower interest rate or obtain more favorable loan terms, you're really just taking out a new loan and using the money to pay off your existing home loan. In general, the same tax deductions are available when you're refinancing a mortgage as when you're taking out a mortgage to buy a home.

How to Determine if You Have Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC)

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, requires most Americans to have health insurance that meets a government standard known as "minimum essential coverage," or MEC. Whether your insurance qualifies as MEC depends not on the plan itself, but on how you obtained your coverage.

Rental Property Deductions You Can Take at Tax Time

Rental property often offers larger deductions and tax benefits than most investments. Many of these are overlooked by landlords at tax time. This can make a difference in making a profit or losing money on your real estate venture. If you own a rental property, the IRS allows you to deduct expenses you pay for the upkeep and maintenance of the property, conserving and managing the property, and other expenses deemed necessary and associated with property rental.

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ilm9p

Responsible adults typically have two or three children while the dirty animals on welfare sire seven or eight. Reson for the difference, the scum on welfare get it all paid for by the rest of us. The more they sire the more we pay. While responsible adults have to pay for their children, the scum on welfare get everything for free.

June 18 2012 at 4:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Setanta

how silly and awkward !
simply apply for an earned income tax CREDIT the exact same way the ILLEGALS do and CLAIM YOUR DEPENDENTS AND GET A CHECK.
do you think YOU'LL HAVE TO PROVE ANYTHING ? LOL !

June 18 2012 at 3:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply