Tax Talk: Strategies for Filing In 2024


ORLANDO, FL (Ivanhoe Newswire) — April 15th — it seems far away, but when it comes to filing your taxes, the deadline will be here before you know it.  Tax

There are a few changes this year that help keep more money in your pocket. Financial planner, Kristin Castello says, “I think the biggest mistake is that people file their taxes before they receive all of their tax forms.”

Castello also says the first thing you need to know, income tax brackets jumped 7% for 2023.

The new standard deduction also increased by 7%, to $13,850 for individuals and $27,700 for married couples filing jointly.

There’s also a change for your IRA and 401K.

Castello explains, “The IRA contribution limit increased from $6,500 to $7,000 per person, with a $1,000 catchup if you’re over age 50 for 401(k)s, 403(b)s, all those sorts of retirement accounts, it increased from $22,500 to $23,000 and the catchup remains $7,500.”

What about the rules for remote workers?

“If you’re self-employed, you can take deductions for your electricity, your utilities, the portion that is related to your business. If you do work from home, unfortunately, if you are an employee and you have an employer, you cannot take any deductions for your home office or your own, sort of home expenses.” Says Castello.

If you’re into investing in crypto currencies … Castello says, “You’ll be receiving some more tax forms that are generated from those sorts of transactions.”

There’s good news if you bought an electric vehicle last year? Castello says,  “There is a credit that you can claim on your tax return for up to $7,500 for clean vehicles or for new vehicles and $4,000 for used vehicles.”

If you want to find out what you can expect, Turbo Tax, H&R Block, NerdWallet and AARP all offer free tax refund estimators online. And once you do file online, the IRS says it issues most refunds withing 21 days. Paper returns can take up to four weeks or more.

Contributors to this news report include: Marsha Lewis, Producer; Roque Correa, Editor.

To receive a free weekly email on Smart Living from Ivanhoe, sign up at: