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Filing Confusion Faced By U.S. Citizens Living Abroad, June Deadline

Expats wondering about filing and health care requirements, have the opportunity of taking advantage of the expert advice and assistance offered to them by H&R Block, who estimate 1 in 3 expats haven’t filed a 2013 return. They are facing a filing deadline of June 16th this year.

To be of the greatest help to these taxpayers, H&R Block last season launched a remote filing service, and for this tax season, expanding it even more.

Roland Sabates, who is the director of the expat filing services offered by H&R Block has said “U.S. expats may miss many things, but the tax deadline should not be one of them”.

To understand their U.S. tax obligations, there are three questions that expats should be answering:

Are they required to file?
Which foreign assets must they report and how does money in foreign accounts get reported?
What is their responsibility to maintain health insurance, which is new this year?
Know the filing requirements

Regardless of wherever they may be living, for 2013, the minimum income requirements for filing are $10,000 for single filers, and $20,000 for married filers. Some taxpayers possibly can exclude all or some of the income earned abroad, which might offset taxes owed the United States.

Those working abroad unable to file by June 16th can file an extension moving their deadline to October 15th. They should know that on any balance from the filing deadline April 15th, interest will accrue.

Know the rules and regulations regarding the reporting of money in foreign accounts and assets

If at any time during the year an account owned or controlled by a U.S. citizen has a combined value exceeding $10,000, they must file an FBAR which is a foreign bank account reporting form. They must by June 30th submit this form to the Department of Treasury, and also include this info with the next tax return which will be due on June 16th, filing on Form 8938.

Also, by June 16th, taxpayers have to report data regarding ownership interests in foreign businesses and any securities not in any account.

Sabates has said that “it is important all the tax deductions and credits qualified for are claimed by these taxpayers”.

Understand health insurance obligations

For the most part, in 2014, the majority of U.S. citizens will be required to have health insurance. All should carefully check whether or not this applies to them.

Unless an exemption applies, the taxpayer will have to get themselves health insurance.

H&R Block stands ready with offices in over 14 US countries and territories to offer their experienced and excellent services.

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Tax Made Easy – 7 Usefull Tips For Business

For many businesses, especially small businesses, taxes can be quite a handful. Moreover, it’s not just paying taxes, it’s knowing what can be taxed and/or deducted. So, we made a list of things every business should know about taxes, along with various tips for your business tax. This will help make our tax life a lot easier.

Make sure you keep Track of Everything

While we realize this may seem like one of the most obvious tips for your business tax, many businesses forget to keep track of everything. Every expense, purchase, deduction, refund and even car mileage –  keep track of them all. This helps you file accurate taxes. Remember, an inaccurate tax filing can lead to legal problems.

Separate your Expenses

One of the most important tips for your business tax is to always set apart your business expenses from your personal ones. Your personal expenses are not tax deductible while your business expenses are. Therefore, always keep them separate so you know how much you can deduct from your taxes.

Be Generous

If you have unsellable software, goods or equipment just sitting idly in your office, donate them to another business or to individuals. This will enable you to be eligible for a number of tax deductions.

Provide Benefits rather than Raises

One of the most basic tips for your business tax is that many goods and services are tax deductible. For example, if you purchase a business car, it’s tax deductible. If you purchase health insurance for your employees, even that is tax deductible. Therefore, instead of giving salary raises at your next performance evaluation, provide benefits instead. Not only do you have happier employees, you save on your taxes.

Make your Car a Business Car

This has got to be one of the best tips for your business tax. Many of us require a car to commute to and from work. In fact, we need the car to travel around the city when we are working. If you require a car, purchase one for ‘business purposes’ and log its miles as a mileage deduction. Since the car is registered to your business, it becomes a business expense and hence, tax deductible.

Pay for your Benefits, Deduct them from your Business Tax

One of the best tips for your business tax may seem rather awkward at first. If you have your own business, one of the best things you can do is hire your spouse. Once you have hired your spouse, provide them health insurance. Inadvertently, you are providing yourself and your family health insurance. Best of all, this is tax deductible. This could just be the most affordable health insurance ever!

Save yourself from Bad Debt

There are many tips for your business tax that are not well known. For example, deducting bad debts. Many businesses provide loans and lines of credit to their customers. For example, clothes bought with a credit card. If you can prove that a customer bought goods and cannot pay it back, if it’s an noncollectable account expense, you can claim for a business tax deduction.

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