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  • Tax breaks for life's big events -- June bride? New homeowner? Change jobs? These are just a few of life's changes that could have tax implications. In some cases, the Internal Revenue Service is an unwelcome intrusion. But in others, the tax code's involvement in your life can be a benefit. (June 24, 2015)

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  • Check out all the latest post-April 15 advice at Weekly Tax Tips 2015.

    You also can get a refresher of the Daily Tax Tips posted earlier this year on their respective filing season monthly pages: January, February, March and April.

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Counting Down to Tax Day

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  • June 1: The Atlantic/Gulf of Mexico hurricane season starts today. The countdown clock below can help you keep track of how many days until the official storm season ends on Nov. 30.

    Residents of Louisiana and Virginia last month got sales tax breaks on hurricane supplies. But even if you pay full sales taxes, get ready ASAP. We've already had one storm this year before hurricane season even began.

    Remember, too, that regardless of where you live, dangerous weather can occur at any time. Check out the ol' blog's special Storm Warnings page for more on getting ready (physically and financially), tax help for recovery efforts and tax deductions for helping out those who are hit by natural disasters.

    June 5: You've been working for five full months by now. Is your withholding reflecting the correct amount of taxes that should be taken out of your paychecks? If your life has changed significantly since the beginning of the year, it's time to adjust your withholding by giving your employer a new W-4.

    June 10: Does your job compensation include tips? Did you receive $20 or more in tips in May? If you answered "yes" to both questions, use Form 4070 to report your tips today to your employer.

    June 14: Happy Flag Day. If you need to buy a banner to fly today, you might also get a tax break. Several states exempt the Stars and Stripes from sales tax. Check with your state's tax department to see if you can save on your patriotic display.

    June 15: June 15 is a busy tax day. It starts with a deadline for estimated tax payers. If you're part of that group, your second estimated tax payment of the year is due today.

    June 15 also is the due date for annual Form 1040 filings by U.S. citizens or resident aliens living and working outside the country, as well as military personnel stationed abroad.

    June 21: Happy Father's Day!
    Dad might not say so, but he appreciates being recognized, so take time today to let him know you care. If you also show your affection by providing for the bulk of dad's living expenses (or mom's, too, for that matter), be sure you claim him, her or both of them as dependents on your tax return.

    June 21 also is the official start of summer. The hottest part of the season is down the road, but now is the time to, as with hurricane season, get ready.

    Summer sun

    The federal tax break for relatively easy home energy upgrades expired at the end of 2014, but the more extensive alternative energy systems fueled by solar, wind or geothermal power could keep you cool and still get you a valuable tax credit.

    Also check on state tax and rebate programs that could help you save some money this summer.

    June 25: Are you a June bride? Since the withholding rates are different for couples, both newlywed wives and husbands should file new W-4 forms at work to reflect their now-married tax status.

    The U.S. Supreme Court could soon decide that more same-sex couples will be saying "I do." These couples should check out how their new legally married status affects their tax lives..

    June 30: Are your kids attending camp this summer? If it's a day camp, hang onto those receipts. Working parents can count day camp costs in calculating how much of the child and dependent care credit you can claim.

    Small Business Tax Calendar – June: Check out the important filing, deposit and record keeping dates your company needs to know.

State Tax Help

  • Don't forget your state taxes!
    Forty-three states and D.C. collect personal income taxes. But even if you live in of the seven states without an income levy, you still face other state (and local) taxes.

    State Tax Departments provides links to your state's Web page. The companion page, Tax Tidbits, is the compilation of blurbs about each state's tax laws. And for more state tax news, check out all our state tax bloggings.


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