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These tax credits are not, I think I might be wrong, the 30

These tax credits are not, I think I might be wrong, the 30 percent Tax Credit from solar panels. In other words, some solar companies are quoting the roof and solar installation as the 30 % I would get back from the IRS (assuming my tax exceeds the 30%) while others are not, they only include the solar panel costs. In other words lets say the roof replacement, which is necessary, cost $21k. Some say I could deduct $7k (in addition to the solar panels costs 30%), while others say no.Who's right?

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I worked in the US months last year. I got a job in Qatar

I worked in the US for 10 months last year. I got a job in Qatar and claimed tax exempt for 2 months. I went to file my taxes and the turbo tax said I was not eligible for child tax credit because of this. Is this correct? I am thinking there is a way to get my full refund still. I don't believe that I should miss out on Child Tax Credit because I worked 2 months in another country which would've been MAYBE $200 in taxes I would've paid.

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My ex and I signed a custody "agreement" in Pennsylvania

My ex and I signed a custody "agreement" in Pennsylvania that was simply notarized, not a court order which stated that he could claim our daughter every other year, even though we paid for all of her support every year. I never signed a form 8322. Was he legally allowed to claim her on his taxes. Could he get into trouble for claiming her those years?JA: The Accountant will know how to help. Is there anything else the Accountant should be aware of?Customer: No that is all.JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Accountant about your situation and then connect you two.

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I have a client who made virtually no income and whom I did

I have a client who made virtually no income for 2015 and whom I did not file a return for. He called me up because a financial aid person at the college his daughter wants to go to needs to see his 2015 return, and he asked me to file it. His earned income for the year was $10 and he is checking on a 1099 Int form, which is not going to be significant. I am filing the return for him, largely as a favor. It looks like he will get $2 back as EINC. I am wondering if it would be wise in this situation to take off the EINC by not answering one of the EINC question so he disqualifies. Or doe it matter. He really only made $10 and has been depleting his bank accounts, a task which is nearly completed. It seems silly the school is requesting his tax return, but sensible to provide it if that is what is needed. He was a legiitmate past customer and paid a legitimate fee, and may be again in future. I want to help him but not raise any red flags. Any ideas?

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My ex is stating that she is going to tell her

Hello, my ex is stating that she is going to tell her attorney that I claimed my kids on my income tax return. I have claimed then since they where born, she has never worked and currently does not work. I have not seen my kids in a year due to a parenting time dispute that is still pending. But I have always paid child support and am current. If she takes this to civil court even though this is not the IRS is legally ok to deny any agreement because she doesn't work and I pay childsupport and the civil court does not have jurisdiction over the IRS?

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I'm irst time here, is your help is free? JA:

Hello! I'm for the irst time here, is your help is free?JA: The Accountant's require payment for their services. It's way less expensive on JustAnswer than face-to-face would cost.Customer: sure, could you tell prices please?JA: The Accountant will know how to help.Customer: i had a foreign income as self-employed and I'd like to fill my tax return for prior yearsJA: Please tell me more, so we can help you best.Customer: I'm a green card holder and didn't know i need to fill tax return in the US while I've already paid taxes in my country (Russia), i work online (advertising field, have clients in rissia, but live in the US). I had income in half 2012, and then 2013,2014, never fiiled US tax return. So I'm afraid of penalties...JA: Is there anything else important you think the Accountant should know?Customer: i have two ways - to fill as non-resident alien + tax treaty OR like a resident, so gross income for 1040 - deduction for home officeJA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Accountant about your situation and then connect you two.

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I am filing taxes first time as married filing separate. My

I am filing taxes first time as married filing separate. My husband lives in Nevada and I live in South Carolina. Do we both have to file form 8958 for community property.JA: The Family Lawyer will need to help you with this. Have you consulted a lawyer yet?Customer: noJA: Please give me a bit more information, so we can help you best.Customer: Lived apart all of 2015. For tax purposes filing separately is our best option this year because of previous federal taxes owed together.JA: Anything else I can tell the Family Lawyer before I connect you two?Customer: noJA: I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Family Lawyer about your situation and connect you two.

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Spouse and I are separated, no formal agreement. Have been

spouse and I are separated, no formal agreement. Have been this way for 6 years. Always filed jointly. However, this year filing separately first time. I am NOT filing at all as my only income is SSDI. He informally gives me money that I use to pay mortgage, and house taxes with. Children live with me, ages 15 and 17. One child or the other is always spending the night with him....take turns EVERY NIGHT without fail. I always do our taxes. Doing them now and stuck on filing status. Can he be Head of Household and take full mortgage deduction and house tax deduction as I am not filing at all? His name IS ***** ***** 1098. However, not on Deed which can be changed in a heartbeat as that was done to qualify for a Home Loan Modification to reduce mortgage payment after he left, according to my sole income. Understand, we have an amicable arrangement and just want to get taxes done and file correct status and not overstate deductions. Turbo tax is not conducive enough to my situation to help. Thank you! ***** is Massachusetts and he also pays rent on his own apt., can he deduct that for state.

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My ex wife and I completed a Marital Settlement Agreement in

My ex wife and I completed a Marital Settlement Agreement in August of 2015. I was required to pay spousal support (Alimony) beginning in September 2015. The divorce was finalized by the court on March 1, 2016. What is the best way for us to file for 2015?

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