Thursday, January 21, 2016

Factors to Consider when Filing your 2015 Tax Return

Most people file a tax return because they have to, but even if you don't, here are six tips to help you determine if you should consider filing to claim a refund.

1. General Filing Rules. There are several factors used to determine whether you are required to file a tax return. See the factors here. IRS.gov/filing

2. Premium Tax Credit. If you enrolled in health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace, you may need to file a return to claim this credit if eligible.

3. Tax Withheld or Paid. If you had tax withheld but are not required to file a tax return, you will need to file a return to get it back.

4. Earned Income Tax Credit. If you are eligible for this credit, you need to file a return to claim a refund.

5. Additional Child Tax Credit. If you have at least one child that qualifies for the Child Tax Credit, you qualify for additional credit if the full Child Tax Credit is not available.

6.American Opportunity Tax Credit. Even if you don't owe any taxes, you may still qualify for the AOTC if you, your spouse, or your dependent was enrolled for post secondary education at least half time for at least one academic period. You must file a tax return to claim the credit along with the required form.

This information is provided by the IRS, click this link for more information. https://www.irs.gov/uac/Six-Tips-on-Whether-to-File-a-2015-Tax-Return2