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Cause I'm the taxman

I got my W-2 yesterday, so I worked on my 1040 and 540 today (actually, I started last night, but the craptastic ISP went down while I was downloading forms).  I had more forms to fill out this year than I've ever had before.

There's a couple credits people might want to look out for.  If you've had long distance, bundled or cellular phone service between Feb 28, 2003 and Aug 1, 2006, AND you have copies of all your bills, you can fill out form 8913 (instructions) and get a credit on the Federal Telephone Excise Tax you paid during this time, plus interest of between 4 and 26%!  If you didn't have phone service, don't have copies of your bills, or don't want to bother shuffling so much paperwork, you can skip the 8913 form and just take the standard credit of $30 for a single person up to $60 for a family of 4.  I got almost $80 in credit because I had bills going back to 2004.  I could have gotten another $50 or so if I'd had my 2003 bills available.

I also found you can get a credit for contributing to a qualifying retirement account (IRA, 401(k), etc) if your income is below a certain level ($25K filing single, $50K married filing jointly).   You can get from 10% up to 50% of the amount you contributed back as a tax credit!  You just have to file form 8880.

I'll be getting over $1400 back this year!  I think that's a record for me.  Whoo!

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rummy_raccoon
Jan. 31st, 2007 01:07 am (UTC)
Wish I knew that sooner, I've put a good amount in my 401k last year. I was in a hurry to file my taxes. Just yesterday I got a w2 back from a college I took a couple of classes at. Damn my impatience
captpackrat
Jan. 31st, 2007 08:32 am (UTC)
You can always file an amended return using form 1040X (Instructions). You'll also need to include form 8880 to claim the retirement contribution credit. You have 3 years from the date you originally filed to claim a refund.
mortonfox
Jan. 31st, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)
I have to take the standard credit. My phone billing is online and I can only download statements for the past nine months or so.
bubbycat
Jan. 31st, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)
I saw they had new themes for our LJ's now. Can anyone use those? Or is that just for the paid accounts?
it was here i saw those.
http://www.livejournal.com/customize/themes.bml?layout=7176168
captpackrat
Feb. 1st, 2007 08:32 am (UTC)
Not sure, but I know a lot of the themes are only available to Plus or Paid members. I suppose you could always try it and see if it will let you.
mejeep
Feb. 1st, 2007 03:28 am (UTC)
MEEP! Thanks for the links, I heard of that and now I can do it easier, well, kinda.
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