Tax day 2016 is tomorrow (4/18/17). Before you file your return, perhaps you should check your knowledge of the tax code (with a bit of state trivia thrown in). Are the below statements True or False? No Googling – you’ll hate yourself in the morning! Link to the answers is at the end.
- You can deduct health insurance up to the amount of your earned income if you are self-employed.
- You can contribute to a Roth IRA or you can convert to a Roth IRA in a year, but not both.
- You can convert up to $100k to a Roth IRA annually.
- You can continue to contribute to a Roth IRA after age 70 ½ as long as you have earned income.
- You can set up an S-corporation without having an LLC.
- You can wait until 10/15 to contribute to a SEP IRA for the prior year as long as you elect to do so by 4/15.
- You can file for an extension of time to pay taxes.
- The extended due date for business income tax returns is 10/15.
- Both parents must have earned income to qualify to take the Child Care Credit
- Tax-exempt interest can raise your taxes.
- Your income is not a factor in calculating your Health Savings Account (HSA) contribution or deduction.
- You can contribute to an IRA without earned income.
- You should still file an income tax return for gifts when you have no taxable income.
- You never need to file a gift tax return unless your annual gifts exceed $14k per person per donee.
- You can take a home office deduction on a garage if you your store inventory and also park your car there.
- You cannot claim an exemption for your child if she files a separate tax return.
- New York is the state with the highest income taxes.
- The top 3 states with the highest total sales taxes (state and local) are in the Southeast.
- If you get an MBA to become a hospital administrator after becoming a doctor, it can be deductible.
- You can deduct time away from work volunteering.
- If you drive your vehicle 100% for business, there is no need to keep records.
- Any unused operating losses transfer to your spouse when you die.
- A good way to defer taxes on the sale of your vacation home is a section 1031 like-kind exchange.
- You can rent your home to your business for 2 weeks a year without paying taxes on the income.
- You get a 100% deduction for buying lunch for the office.
Let’s see how you scored – answers are here.
How did you fare? If you’re at PPS, you may have just found a way to earn some coveted IC (Independent Contractor) income moonlighting as a tax preparer!