How to Save on Taxes (You Must Act by Dec. 31!)
Before you prepare and efile your 2015 federal Tax Return on efile.com, it would be beneficial to ask yourself this question:
"How can I save money on my taxes?"
There are three ways you can save money on your taxes:
Spend less money on everyday purchases throughout the year. Use our simple day-to-day money saving tips for frugal living and maximize your monthly budgets!
Update your paycheck withholding on your Form W-4 and receive your tax refund money now or owe less tax when you file your next tax return.
Use the free efile.com Taxometer tool to find out how much tax to withhold and reach your tax goals!
Claim tax breaks you qualify for on your tax return by December 31.
How Do I Claim Tax Breaks on My 2015 Tax Return by December 31?
Though you cannot file or efile your 2015 Tax Return until January 2016, it's important to consider which tax credits and tax deductions you can claim on your 2015 Tax Return before 2015 ends. For example, if you have a child born on January 1, 2016, you cannot claim the Child Tax Credit for your 2015 Tax Return; you would have to wait until the beginning of 2017 to claim the credit on your 2016 Tax Return.
Here's something else to consider: the values for each tax credit or tax deduction often vary by Tax Year. Once the value of a credit or deduction for a Tax Year expires (let's say 2012), you can only claim that value on a 2012 Tax Return; you cannot claim 2012 values on a 2015 Tax Return.
This is why we strongly recommend tax return planning throughout the year in order to take advantage of as many tax credits and deductions you qualify for by the end of the year. Use the free efile.com tax calculator to easily plan your tax breaks and estimate your tax refund.
Avoid Surprises by using the FREE efile.com Tax Calculator and Tax Refund Estimator!
Free Tax Refund Estimator
2015 Tax Credits
Review a complete list of tax credits you can claim on your 2015 Tax Return.
2015 Tax Deductions
See a comprehensive list of tax deductions you can claim on your 2015 Tax Return.
Attention: Expired Tax Deductions, Credits, or Exemptions
There are tax breaks that are officially expired. This means that, under current law, none of these credits and deductions are available to claim on 2015 Tax Returns. Our expired tax laws page provides details on these tax breaks.
We will update our site with the latest information on extended tax breaks as soon as any official announcements are made. Stay up to date on the latest tax law changes with efile.com!
Related Topics & More Tax Tools
Tax Return Planning Guide
Itemized Deductions or Standard Deductions?
Tax Return Preparation and Tax Deduction Checklist
More Year-End Tax Estimate and Tax Planning Tips
Use the efile.com Taxometer Tool to update your W-4 tax withholding and reach your tax goals!
Estimate your 2015 refund or tax payments: Use the FREE Tax Return Calculator
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