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Frequently Asked Tax Questions and Answers

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Top Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can a person receive a tax refund if they are currently in a payment plan for prior year's federal taxes?
  2. What is a split refund?
  3. What should I do if I made a mistake on my federal return that I have already filed?
  4. Is there an age limit on claiming my children as dependents?
  5. What is the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009?
  6. How much does a student have to make before he or she has to file an income tax return?
  7. For head of household filing status, do you have to claim a child as a dependent to qualify?
  8. What are the tax changes for this year?
  9. How do I know if I have to file quarterly individual estimated tax payments?
  10. If I claim my daughter as a dependent because she is a full-time college student, can she claim herself as a dependent when she files her return?

Frequently Asked Question Categories

  1. IRS Procedures
  2. Filing Requirements/Status/Dependents/Exemptions
  3. Itemized Deductions/Standard Deductions
  4. Interest/Dividends/Other Types of Income
  5. Pensions/Annuities/Retirement Plans (i.e., 401(k), etc.)
  6. Social Security Income
  7. Child Care Credit/Other Credits
  8. Earned Income Tax Credit
  9. Estimated Tax
  10. Capital Gains, Losses/Sale of Home
  11. Sale or Trade of Business, Depreciation, Rentals
  12. Small Business/Self-Employed/Other Business
  13. Aliens and U.S. Citizens Living Abroad
  14. Electronic Filing (e-file)
  15. Magnetic Media Filers
  16. Other (Alternative Minimum Tax, Estates, Trusts, Tax Shelters, State Tax Inquiries)
  17. Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs)

Additional Information

Highlights of Recent Tax Changes
Each year we update the answers to reflect the latest changes in tax regulations.

Additional Information by Tax Topics
These Tax Topics contain general individual and business tax information.

Additional Information by Tax Trails
Tax Trails is an interactive session which poses questions that you can answer by selection Yes or No.

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: April 22, 2009