- Days left

6 Popular Tax Breaks That Could Disappear in 2014

×
Tax forms a broken pencil and a twisted paper clip tell the story of a frustrated person
Alamy
As the end of 2013 approaches, many taxpayers are beginning to look for ways to reduce what they'll owe the IRS when they file their returns next April. But it's April 2015 we're concerned about now, because several key tax breaks that tens of millions of taxpayers enjoy are set to expire on Dec. 31, and that could cost you a pretty penny in the new year.

In recent years, one of the biggest challenges in tax planning has been guessing whether the annual ritual of congressional extensions on tax breaks will happen again. Often, lawmakers pass last-minute or even retroactive extensions to preserve popular incentives for future years. But there's no guarantee that will happen.

So to give you fair warning, here are just a few of the most widely-used tax breaks currently slated to vanish for 2014.



You can follow Motley Fool contributor Dan Caplinger on Twitter @DanCaplinger or on Google+.

Increase your money and finance knowledge from home

Managing your Portfolio

Keeping your portfolio and financial life fit!

View Course »

Basics Of The Stock Market

Stock Market 101 - everything you need to know but were afraid to ask!

View Course »

TurboTax Articles

What is Schedule F: Profit or Loss from Farming

If you earn a living as a self-employed farmer, you may need to include a Schedule F attachment with your tax return to report your profit or loss for the year. The Internal Revenue Service defines ?farmer? in a very broad sense?whether you grow crops, raise livestock, breed fish or operate a ranch.

5 Tax Tips for Single Parents

Filing taxes as a single parent requires coordination between you and your ex-spouse or partner. Usually the custodial parent claims the child as a dependent, but there are exceptions. A single parent is allowed to claim applicable deductions and exemptions for each qualifying child. Even though you claim your child as a dependent, she may still have to file her own tax return if she has income, such as from an after-school job.

Add a Comment

*0 / 3000 Character Maximum