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Here’s Five Reasons to Use Direct Deposit for a Tax Refund

As taxpayers prepare for the January 29 start of filing season, they should consider a direct deposit of any refunds due. It’s easy, safe, fast — and the best way to get a refund. That’s why 80 percent of taxpayers choose it every year.

IRS Direct Deposit:

  • Is Fast. The quickest way for taxpayers to get their refund is to electronically file their federal tax return and use direct deposit. They can use IRS Free File to prepare and e-file federal returns for free.  Taxpayers who file a paper return can also use direct deposit.
  • Is Secure. Since refunds go right into a bank account, there’s no risk of having a paper check stolen or lost. This is the same electronic transfer system that deposits nearly 98 percent of all Social Security and Veterans Affairs benefits into millions of accounts.
  • Is Easy.  Choosing direct deposit is easy. With e-file, just follow the instructions in the tax software. For paper returns, the tax form instructions serve as a guide. Make sure to enter the correct bank account and routing number.
  • Has Options. Taxpayers can split a refund into several financial accounts. These include checking, savings, health, education and certain retirement accounts. Use IRS Form 8888, Allocation of Refund (including Savings Bond Purchases), to deposit a refund in up to three accounts. Do not use this form to designate part of a refund to pay tax preparers.

Taxpayers should deposit refunds into accounts in their own name, their spouse’s name or both. Avoid making a deposit into accounts owned by others. Some banks require both spouses’ names on the account to deposit a tax refund from a joint return. Taxpayers should check with their bank for direct deposit rules.

There is a limit of three electronic direct deposit refunds made into a single financial account or pre-paid debit card. The IRS will send a notice and a refund check in the mail to taxpayers who exceed the limit.

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How to Value Non-Cash Contributions

Arthur Godfrey, radio and TV great, said . . . . . “I’m proud to be paying taxes in the United States. The only thing is – I could be just as proud for half the money.” Non-cash contributions is one of the most over looked deductions every year for several reasons. Items get donated without a detailed list so there is no way to value those items. In other instances, detailed lists may be available without a method of valuing the items. The information below should provide information and assistance in making the most of your non-cash contribution deductions.

Deduct it! Deduct it!
This paperback book helps you document and value your non-cash charitable donations. Fair market values are researched within the last quarter of the prior year across the country in used clothing stores, thrift shops, online, and other methods.

Salvation Army:
https://satruck.org/Home/DonationValueGuide

Goodwill:
https://www.goodwill.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Donation_Valuation_Guide.pdf

Purple Heart:
http://www.purpleheartfoundation.org/donate/
You can find specifics regarding valuing your donations on this donate page.

All items donated to the Purple Heart, are deductible for income tax purposes at their present Fair Market Value. Internal Revenue code places the responsibility for the “Fair Market Value” upon the donor rather than the agency receiving the gift. The Internal Revenue advises that “Fair Market Value” is interpreted as that price which a buyer is willing to pay and a seller is willing to accept.

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