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By |2007-02-22T09:00:00-05:00February 22nd, 2007|Uncategorized|

By Robert Lalicki

Can you believe its already February? Where did January go to? I must be getting old when time goes by so fast that I don’t even remember January at all! I didn’t even have time to break any New Year’s Resolutions since I haven’t had the time to write them down yet. I guess time truly waits for no one, as the saying goes.
So lets get our taxes out of the way. That April 17th deadline will be here faster than we think. And the sooner we get our taxes completed, the sooner we can receive our refund and save it, or at least save some of it, for that rainy day we talked about in last month’s article.

For homeowners, if you took advantage of lower mortgage interest rates last year and refinanced in 2006, you might be able to deduct some of the associated costs. Especially if you itemize. Any discount points and origination fees may be deductible along with mortgage interest. Talk with your tax preparer and don’t forget to bring copies of your closing paper work to your tax appointment for review.
For self-employed individuals, did you use a portion of your home regularly and exclusively for business? You may be able to take a home office deduction for the business portion of your real estate taxes, interest, utilities, insurance, repairs, all based on the percentage of the home used to do business.
This year, there’s a new refund to take advantage of – The Telephone Excise Refund. It’s a one-time only tax credit you can claim on your 2006 tax return. This represents a refund on long distance telephone service. You can choose between the standard amounts that have been set by the IRS or you can take the actual amount of excise taxes you paid. Dig up your phone bills from March of 2003 to July 2006 and report the actual amount of the tax paid.
To get your refund back to you fast, safe and secure, have your refund directly deposited into your checking account. Direct deposit of your refund check is more secure than getting a check in the mail. You will need your bank’s routing number and your checking account number from your check book. If you’re having trouble with all those digits, contact you bank for help. Double check it, even TRIPLE check it to make sure you have it correctly before writing it on your tax forms.
If you find you owe money to the IRS, pullout your checkbook again and make it payable to the “United States Treasury.” An idea to consider is writing your social security number, followed by “2006-1040’s” on the check’s memo line. That way the IRS knows exactly where to apply your payment. Best of luck to you this tax season.

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