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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

By visiting and using pricelesstay.com  (hereinafter the “website”), you accept and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions including our Disclaimer and Privacy Policy posted on the website and incorporated herein by reference. 

The term “you” refers to anyone who uses, visits and/or views the website. Taylor Price LLC (“company”, “I”, “we” or “us”) reserves the right to amend or modify these terms and conditions in its sole discretion at any time without notice and by using the website, you accept those amendments.  It is your responsibility to periodically check the website for updates. 

Your continued use of the website after posting of any changes to our Terms and Conditions constitutes your acceptance of those changes and updates. You must not access or use the website if you do not wish to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.

INTENDED AGE 

All information and content on this website are intended for individuals over the age of 18. Children, as defined in our Privacy Policy, are prohibited from using this website. 

PRIVACY POLICY

We are dedicated to respecting the privacy of your personal information. Your acceptance of our Privacy Policy is expressly incorporated into these Terms and Conditions. Please review our Privacy Policy for more information.

DISCLAIMER

Your acceptance of our Disclaimer is expressly incorporated into these Terms and Conditions. Please review the Disclaimer for more information. 

MANDATORY ARBITRATION AND GOVERNING LAW 

You expressly waive any legal claims you may have now or in the future arising from or related to the website and our products/services. In the event of a dispute, claim, or controversy arising from or relating to your use of this website, the terms and conditions shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the state of Florida.

You agree to first resolve any disputes or claims through mandatory arbitration, and you consent to and submit to the jurisdiction and courts of Florida without regard to conflict of law principles or where the parties are located at the time of the dispute.

You agree to bear the full cost of arbitration, to the extent permitted by law. Participation in arbitration in good faith is a condition precedent to pursuing any other legal or equitable remedies available, such as litigation or any other legal procedure. You also agree that if a legal claim is filed after the required arbitration, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover reasonable attorney’s fees and other legal costs.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY 

All content on this website including but not limited to text, posts, logos, marks, graphics, files, materials, services, products, videos, audio, applications, computer code, designs, downloads and all other information here (collectively, the “Content”) is owned by us and is protected by copyright, trademark and other intellectual property and unfair competition laws with the exception of any content from others that we are lawfully permitted to use.  You are granted a limited revocable license to print or download Content from the website for your own personal, non-commercial, non-transferrable, informational and educational use only while ensuring it’s not in violation of any copyright, trademark, and intellectual property or proprietary rights.

You agree not to copy, duplicate, steal, modify, publish, display, distribute, reproduce, store, transmit, post, create derivative works, reverse engineer, sell, rent or license any part of the Content in any way to anyone, without our prior written consent.  You agree to abide by the copyright, trademark laws and intellectual property rights and shall be solely responsible for any violations of these terms and conditions. 

USER CONTENT AND LAWFUL USE OF THE WEBSITE 

For any Content or information that you upload, display, post, transmit, send, email or submit to us on the website or on any of our social media sites, you warrant that you are the owner of that Content or have express permission from the owner of those intellectual property rights to use and distribute that Content to us. 

You grant us and/or our officers, employees, successors, shareholders, joint venture partners or anyone else working with us a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, non-exclusive right and license to identify you, publish, post, reformat, copy, distribute, display, edit, reproduce any Content provided by you on our website and on any of our social media sites for any purpose. You shall be solely liable for any damages resulting from any infringement of copyrights, trademark or other proprietary rights of any Content or information that you provide to us.

You agree not to upload, display, post, transmit, distribute, send, email or submit to us on the website or on any of our social media sites any information or Content that is- 

(a) illegal, violates or infringes upon the rights of others, 

(b) defamatory, abusive, profane, hateful, vulgar, obscene, libelous, pornographic, threatening, 

(c) encourages or advocates conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, giving rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any law,

(d) distribute material including but not limited to spyware, computer virus, any kind of malicious computer software or any other harmful information that is actionable by law, 

(e) any attempts to gain unauthorized access to any portion or feature of the website, and 

(f) send unsolicited or unauthorized material or cause disruption in the operation of the website. You agree to use the website for lawful purposes only and shall be liable for damages resulting from the violation of any provision contained in these Terms and Conditions. 

THIRD-PARTY LINKS

The website may contain links to third-party websites or resources for your convenience. We may serve as an affiliate for some of these third-party websites by offering or advertising their products or services on the website; however, we do not own or control these third-party websites. Once you click on a third-party link and leave this website, you are no longer bound by our terms and conditions.

You agree that we are not responsible or liable for the accuracy, content or any information presented on these third-party websites. You assume all risks for using these third-party websites or resources and any transactions between you and these third-party websites are strictly between you and the third party. We shall not be liable for any damages resulting from your use of these third-party websites or resources. 

USE OF OUR PAID AND FREE PRODUCTS 

On this website, we may provide free products for download as well as sell paid courses, programs, physical or digital products, and any other related materials (collectively, “products”). All of our products and/or services, including all content, are copyright protected under US and international copyright laws. You are granted a limited revocable license to print or download Content from our digital products for your own personal, non-commercial, non-transferrable, informational and educational use only while ensuring it’s not in violation of any copyright, trademark, and intellectual property or proprietary rights. Copying or storing our content for other than personal use is expressly prohibited without our prior written consent. 

You acknowledge and agree that you have no right to share, modify, sell, edit, copy, reproduce, create derivative works of, reverse engineer, enhance or in any exploit our products. You cannot sell or redistribute any of our products, whether free or paid ones, without our express written consent.  You agree to abide by the copyright, trademark laws and intellectual property rights and shall be solely responsible for any violations of these terms and conditions.

TERMINATION

We reserve the right in our sole discretion to refuse, remove, restrict your access, revoke and terminate your use of our website including any or all Content published by you or us at any time for any reason, without notice. 

NO WARRANTIES 

ALL CONTENT, INFORMATION, PRODUCTS AND/OR SERVICES ON THE WEBSITE ARE “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS WITHOUT ANY REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR ANY PURPOSE, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED TO THE FULL EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY LAW. COMPANY MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES AS TO THE CONTENT, INFORMATION, MATERIALS, PRODUCTS AND/OR SERVICES PROVIDED ON THIS WEBSITE. COMPANY MAKES NO WARRANTIES THAT THE WEBSITE WILL PERFORM OR OPERATE TO MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS OR THAT THE INFORMATION PRESENTED HERE WILL BE COMPLETE, CURRENT OR ERROR-FREE. COMPANY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, IMPLIED AND EXPRESS FOR ANY PURPOSE TO THE FULL EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

You agree that under no circumstances, we and/or our officers, employees, successors, shareholders, joint venture partners or anyone else working with us shall be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, equitable, special, punitive, exemplary or any other damages resulting from your use of this website including but not limited to all the content, information, products, services and graphics presented here. 

You expressly agree that your use of the website is at your sole risk and that you are solely responsible for the accuracy of the personal and any information you provide, the outcome of your actions, personal and business results, and for all other use in connection with the website.

You also expressly agree that we and/or our officers, employees, successors, shareholders, joint venture partners or anyone else working with us shall not be liable to you for any damages resulting from 1) any errors or omissions on the website, delay or denial of any products or services, failure of performance of any kind, interruption in the operation and your use of the website, website attacks including computer virus, hacking of information, and any other system failures; 2) any loss of income, use, data, revenue, profits, business or any goodwill related to the website; 3) any theft or unauthorized access by third party of your information from the website regardless of our negligence; and 4) any use or misuse of the information, products and/or services offered here. 

This limitation of liability shall apply whether such liability arises from negligence, breach of contract, tort or any other legal theory of liability. You agree that we provide no express or implied guarantees to you for the content presented here, and you accept that no particular results are being promised to you here.  

INDEMNIFICATION

You agree to indemnify and hold the Company and/or its officers, employees, successors, shareholders, joint venture partners or anyone else working with us harmless from all losses, claims, damages, demands, actions, suits, proceedings or judgments, including costs, expenses and reasonable attorneys’ fees (“Liabilities”) assessed against or otherwise incurred by you arising, in whole or in part, from: (a) actions or omissions, whether done negligently or otherwise, by you, your agents, directors, officers, employees or representatives; (b) all your actions and use of the website including purchasing products and services; (c) violation of any laws, rules, regulations or ordinances by you; or (d) violation of any terms and conditions of this website by you or anyone related to you; e) infringement by you or any other user of your account of any intellectual property or other rights of anyone. The Company will notify you promptly of any such claims or liability and reserves the right to defend such claim, liability or damage at your expense. You shall fully cooperate and provide assistance to us if requested, without any cost, to defend any such claims. 

WAIVER OF CLASS ACTIONS

You agree that any dispute arising from or related to this Agreement will be resolved solely between you and the Company. You waive your right to bring a class action against us and agree not to bring claims against us as a member of a class or as a representative. 

ENTIRE AGREEMENT

These Terms and Conditions along with our Privacy Policy and Disclaimer constitute the entire agreement between you and us with respect to this website. It supersedes all prior or contemporaneous communications, discussions, negotiations or proposals we may have had with you whether electronic, oral or written. 

A printed version of this entire agreement including the Privacy Policy and Disclaimer and of any notice given in electronic form shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings with respect to this website to the same extent and given the same effect as other business contracts and documents kept and maintained in printed form. 

SEVERABILITY

If any provision in these Terms and Conditions is deemed by a court, regulatory authority or other public or private tribunal of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable, such provision is deemed to have been omitted from this Agreement. The remainder of this Agreement remains in full force and effect, and is modified to any extent necessary to give such force and effect to the remaining provisions, but only to such extent.

MODIFICATIONS

Company reserves the right, in its sole discretion and without notice, to (a) revise these Terms and Conditions; (b) modify the website and/or any services or products it offers; and (c) discontinue the website and/or products or services at any time. Any changes to these terms will take effect immediately. You agree to review these Terms and Conditions and any other online policies posted on the website on a regular basis to be aware of any changes. You agree to be bound by the revision if you continue to use or access the website after these modifications.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

By using any of our products, services or accessing the site, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. 

CONTACT

For any questions, please contact us at contact@pricelesstay.com. 

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

By visiting and using pricelesstay.com  (hereinafter the “website”), you accept and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions including our Disclaimer and Privacy Policy posted on the website and incorporated herein by reference. 

The term “you” refers to anyone who uses, visits and/or views the website. Taylor Price LLC (“company”, “I”, “we” or “us”) reserves the right to amend or modify these terms and conditions in its sole discretion at any time without notice and by using the website, you accept those amendments.  It is your responsibility to periodically check the website for updates. 

Your continued use of the website after posting of any changes to our Terms and Conditions constitutes your acceptance of those changes and updates. You must not access or use the website if you do not wish to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.

INTENDED AGE 

All information and content on this website are intended for individuals over the age of 18. Children, as defined in our Privacy Policy, are prohibited from using this website. 

PRIVACY POLICY

We are dedicated to respecting the privacy of your personal information. Your acceptance of our Privacy Policy is expressly incorporated into these Terms and Conditions. Please review our Privacy Policy for more information.

DISCLAIMER

Your acceptance of our Disclaimer is expressly incorporated into these Terms and Conditions. Please review the Disclaimer for more information. 

MANDATORY ARBITRATION AND GOVERNING LAW 

You expressly waive any legal claims you may have now or in the future arising from or related to the website and our products/services. In the event of a dispute, claim, or controversy arising from or relating to your use of this website, the terms and conditions shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the state of Florida.

You agree to first resolve any disputes or claims through mandatory arbitration, and you consent to and submit to the jurisdiction and courts of Florida without regard to conflict of law principles or where the parties are located at the time of the dispute.

You agree to bear the full cost of arbitration, to the extent permitted by law. Participation in arbitration in good faith is a condition precedent to pursuing any other legal or equitable remedies available, such as litigation or any other legal procedure. You also agree that if a legal claim is filed after the required arbitration, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover reasonable attorney’s fees and other legal costs.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY 

All content on this website including but not limited to text, posts, logos, marks, graphics, files, materials, services, products, videos, audio, applications, computer code, designs, downloads and all other information here (collectively, the “Content”) is owned by us and is protected by copyright, trademark and other intellectual property and unfair competition laws with the exception of any content from others that we are lawfully permitted to use.  You are granted a limited revocable license to print or download Content from the website for your own personal, non-commercial, non-transferrable, informational and educational use only while ensuring it’s not in violation of any copyright, trademark, and intellectual property or proprietary rights.

You agree not to copy, duplicate, steal, modify, publish, display, distribute, reproduce, store, transmit, post, create derivative works, reverse engineer, sell, rent or license any part of the Content in any way to anyone, without our prior written consent.  You agree to abide by the copyright, trademark laws and intellectual property rights and shall be solely responsible for any violations of these terms and conditions. 

USER CONTENT AND LAWFUL USE OF THE WEBSITE 

For any Content or information that you upload, display, post, transmit, send, email or submit to us on the website or on any of our social media sites, you warrant that you are the owner of that Content or have express permission from the owner of those intellectual property rights to use and distribute that Content to us. 

You grant us and/or our officers, employees, successors, shareholders, joint venture partners or anyone else working with us a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, non-exclusive right and license to identify you, publish, post, reformat, copy, distribute, display, edit, reproduce any Content provided by you on our website and on any of our social media sites for any purpose. You shall be solely liable for any damages resulting from any infringement of copyrights, trademark or other proprietary rights of any Content or information that you provide to us.

You agree not to upload, display, post, transmit, distribute, send, email or submit to us on the website or on any of our social media sites any information or Content that is- 

(a) illegal, violates or infringes upon the rights of others, 

(b) defamatory, abusive, profane, hateful, vulgar, obscene, libelous, pornographic, threatening, 

(c) encourages or advocates conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, giving rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any law,

(d) distribute material including but not limited to spyware, computer virus, any kind of malicious computer software or any other harmful information that is actionable by law, 

(e) any attempts to gain unauthorized access to any portion or feature of the website, and 

(f) send unsolicited or unauthorized material or cause disruption in the operation of the website. You agree to use the website for lawful purposes only and shall be liable for damages resulting from the violation of any provision contained in these Terms and Conditions. 

THIRD-PARTY LINKS

The website may contain links to third-party websites or resources for your convenience. We may serve as an affiliate for some of these third-party websites by offering or advertising their products or services on the website; however, we do not own or control these third-party websites. Once you click on a third-party link and leave this website, you are no longer bound by our terms and conditions.

You agree that we are not responsible or liable for the accuracy, content or any information presented on these third-party websites. You assume all risks for using these third-party websites or resources and any transactions between you and these third-party websites are strictly between you and the third party. We shall not be liable for any damages resulting from your use of these third-party websites or resources. 

USE OF OUR PAID AND FREE PRODUCTS 

On this website, we may provide free products for download as well as sell paid courses, programs, physical or digital products, and any other related materials (collectively, “products”). All of our products and/or services, including all content, are copyright protected under US and international copyright laws. You are granted a limited revocable license to print or download Content from our digital products for your own personal, non-commercial, non-transferrable, informational and educational use only while ensuring it’s not in violation of any copyright, trademark, and intellectual property or proprietary rights. Copying or storing our content for other than personal use is expressly prohibited without our prior written consent. 

You acknowledge and agree that you have no right to share, modify, sell, edit, copy, reproduce, create derivative works of, reverse engineer, enhance or in any exploit our products. You cannot sell or redistribute any of our products, whether free or paid ones, without our express written consent.  You agree to abide by the copyright, trademark laws and intellectual property rights and shall be solely responsible for any violations of these terms and conditions.

TERMINATION

We reserve the right in our sole discretion to refuse, remove, restrict your access, revoke and terminate your use of our website including any or all Content published by you or us at any time for any reason, without notice. 

NO WARRANTIES 

ALL CONTENT, INFORMATION, PRODUCTS AND/OR SERVICES ON THE WEBSITE ARE “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS WITHOUT ANY REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR ANY PURPOSE, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED TO THE FULL EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY LAW. COMPANY MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES AS TO THE CONTENT, INFORMATION, MATERIALS, PRODUCTS AND/OR SERVICES PROVIDED ON THIS WEBSITE. COMPANY MAKES NO WARRANTIES THAT THE WEBSITE WILL PERFORM OR OPERATE TO MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS OR THAT THE INFORMATION PRESENTED HERE WILL BE COMPLETE, CURRENT OR ERROR-FREE. COMPANY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, IMPLIED AND EXPRESS FOR ANY PURPOSE TO THE FULL EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

You agree that under no circumstances, we and/or our officers, employees, successors, shareholders, joint venture partners or anyone else working with us shall be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, equitable, special, punitive, exemplary or any other damages resulting from your use of this website including but not limited to all the content, information, products, services and graphics presented here. 

You expressly agree that your use of the website is at your sole risk and that you are solely responsible for the accuracy of the personal and any information you provide, the outcome of your actions, personal and business results, and for all other use in connection with the website.

You also expressly agree that we and/or our officers, employees, successors, shareholders, joint venture partners or anyone else working with us shall not be liable to you for any damages resulting from 1) any errors or omissions on the website, delay or denial of any products or services, failure of performance of any kind, interruption in the operation and your use of the website, website attacks including computer virus, hacking of information, and any other system failures; 2) any loss of income, use, data, revenue, profits, business or any goodwill related to the website; 3) any theft or unauthorized access by third party of your information from the website regardless of our negligence; and 4) any use or misuse of the information, products and/or services offered here. 

This limitation of liability shall apply whether such liability arises from negligence, breach of contract, tort or any other legal theory of liability. You agree that we provide no express or implied guarantees to you for the content presented here, and you accept that no particular results are being promised to you here.  

INDEMNIFICATION

You agree to indemnify and hold the Company and/or its officers, employees, successors, shareholders, joint venture partners or anyone else working with us harmless from all losses, claims, damages, demands, actions, suits, proceedings or judgments, including costs, expenses and reasonable attorneys’ fees (“Liabilities”) assessed against or otherwise incurred by you arising, in whole or in part, from: (a) actions or omissions, whether done negligently or otherwise, by you, your agents, directors, officers, employees or representatives; (b) all your actions and use of the website including purchasing products and services; (c) violation of any laws, rules, regulations or ordinances by you; or (d) violation of any terms and conditions of this website by you or anyone related to you; e) infringement by you or any other user of your account of any intellectual property or other rights of anyone. The Company will notify you promptly of any such claims or liability and reserves the right to defend such claim, liability or damage at your expense. You shall fully cooperate and provide assistance to us if requested, without any cost, to defend any such claims. 

WAIVER OF CLASS ACTIONS

You agree that any dispute arising from or related to this Agreement will be resolved solely between you and the Company. You waive your right to bring a class action against us and agree not to bring claims against us as a member of a class or as a representative. 

ENTIRE AGREEMENT

These Terms and Conditions along with our Privacy Policy and Disclaimer constitute the entire agreement between you and us with respect to this website. It supersedes all prior or contemporaneous communications, discussions, negotiations or proposals we may have had with you whether electronic, oral or written. 

A printed version of this entire agreement including the Privacy Policy and Disclaimer and of any notice given in electronic form shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings with respect to this website to the same extent and given the same effect as other business contracts and documents kept and maintained in printed form. 

SEVERABILITY

If any provision in these Terms and Conditions is deemed by a court, regulatory authority or other public or private tribunal of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable, such provision is deemed to have been omitted from this Agreement. The remainder of this Agreement remains in full force and effect, and is modified to any extent necessary to give such force and effect to the remaining provisions, but only to such extent.

MODIFICATIONS

Company reserves the right, in its sole discretion and without notice, to (a) revise these Terms and Conditions; (b) modify the website and/or any services or products it offers; and (c) discontinue the website and/or products or services at any time. Any changes to these terms will take effect immediately. You agree to review these Terms and Conditions and any other online policies posted on the website on a regular basis to be aware of any changes. You agree to be bound by the revision if you continue to use or access the website after these modifications.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

By using any of our products, services or accessing the site, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. 

CONTACT

For any questions, please contact us at contact@pricelesstay.com. 

Filing Taxes for the First Time? Here’s Everything You Need To Know

Are you in a bind because you’ve never filed a tax return before? And to top it off, you just learned that you’ll need to file one this year? April 15th:

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filing your taxes
Are you in a bind because you’ve never filed a tax return before? And to top it off, you just learned that you’ll need to file one this year?
 
April 15th: Tax Day always falls on that date, unless April 15 falls on a weekend or holiday. 
 
If you are filing your taxes for the first time, we have everything you need to know. And yes, we will be sharing how to file your taxes for free (or at a super low cost).

In this post, we are sharing everything you need to know if you are filing taxes for the first time.

A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO FILING TAXES

Essential tips for all you first-time filers out there ⬇️

Figure Out If You Have to File a Tax Return

To determine if you need to file a tax return, there are a few key factors to consider. 
 
In general, if your gross income in 2023 was at least $13,850, you’ll likely need to file a tax return in 2024.
 
Keep in mind that different rules apply to married individuals, older Americans, and heads of household. 
 
It’s important to note that even if you can be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return, the $13,850 threshold still applies to you. 
 
If you are considered a dependent, you must file a return if you have accumulated at least $1,250 in “unearned” income, such as interest from investments.

Get Your Documents Together Early

 
Once you’ve determined that you need to file a tax return, it’s time to gather the necessary documents to complete it.
 
Here’s a list of essential documents to gather:
 
W-2: If you have a job, your employer is required to send you this form by the end of January. It provides details on your earnings for the previous year and the amount of tax withheld.
 
1099s: These forms report income that doesn’t come directly from a traditional employer. They include earnings from freelance work, “gig” pay, interest and dividend income, as well as income from third-party platforms like Venmo and PayPal.
 
Receipts: As a first-time taxpayer, it’s important to start keeping records of transactions that may need to be reported on your tax form. This includes income, expenses, and potential deductions. For example, keep track of any charitable donations you make or significant medical bills you incur.
 
By gathering these essential documents, you’ll be well-prepared to complete your tax return accurately and efficiently.

Gather Important Personal information

You’ll need the following personal information on hand to file taxes:
 
  • Social Security Number (SSN) or Taxpayer Identification Number
  • (TIN) for yourself and any dependents
  • Full name and date of birth for all individuals on your return.
  • Proof of identity with a valid photo ID
  • Bank account information, including your routing and account numbers, if you want to receive your tax refund via direct deposit.

Figure Out If Someone Can Claim You as a Dependent

 
It’s important to determine whether someone can claim you as a dependent, especially if you’re living with your parents or receiving any financial support from them.
 
According to TurboTax, parents can claim you as a dependent if you’re under 19 years of age, or under 24 and a full-time student, and they provide more than half of your financial support.
 
While parents can receive tax benefits by claiming you as a dependent, it’s also crucial for you to report this dependent status on your own tax return. 
 
Be sure to check with your parents and discuss whether they plan to claim you as a dependent and how it may affect your taxes. Always stay informed to ensure that you’re taking all the necessary steps towards financial success.

Figure Out If Someone Can Claim You as a Dependent

 
It’s important to determine whether someone can claim you as a dependent, especially if you’re living with your parents or receiving any financial support from them.
 
According to TurboTax, parents can claim you as a dependent if you’re under 19 years of age, or under 24 and a full-time student, and they provide more than half of your financial support.
 
While parents can receive tax benefits by claiming you as a dependent, it’s also crucial for you to report this dependent status on your own tax return. 
 
Be sure to check with your parents and discuss whether they plan to claim you as a dependent and how it may affect your taxes. Always stay informed to ensure that you’re taking all the necessary steps towards financial success.

Determine Your Tax Filing Status:

Here are the five primary filing statuses: 
 
  • Single: If you’re unmarried.  
  • Married (filing jointly): For married couples who want to combine their income on one return.
  • Married (filing separately): For married couples filing separately.
  • Head of household: For unmarried individuals who support dependents.
  • Qualifying widow/widower with dependent child: If you’re a surviving spouse with a dependent child. 
 
Include the appropriate filing status on your forms, when filing your taxes for the first time.

Find Out If You Qualify for Deductions or Credits

 
When it comes to taxes, deductions and credits can both help decrease your overall tax liability. Tax deductions work by reducing the amount of your income that is taxable while tax credits decrease the amount of tax you owe.
 
For first-time taxpayers, there are a few common deductions and credits that may apply:
 
  • The student loan interest deduction is one example of a deduction and can possibly result in a maximum deduction of $2,500 for the interest paid on student loans.
 
  • The American Opportunity Tax Credit is a credit that can be claimed by those individuals for whom no one can claim as a dependent, allowing for up to $2,500 credit for college expenses.
 
  • The Earned Income Tax Credit may be an option for individuals who earned a low income in 2023. It is essential to consult the IRS tables for information on how to qualify for this credit based on your income level.
 
  • Lifetime Learning Credit: A credit that helps cover the costs of post-secondary education, including tuition and related expenses, for eligible students. 
 
  • Educational expenses deduction: This deduction covers certain educational expenses. 
 
  • Home Energy Tax Credits: A credit for homeowners who make qualifying energy-efficient home upgrades.
 
  • Energy Efficient Home Improvement Credit: A credit for homeowners investing in energy-efficient home improvements. 
Deductions and credits can be a valuable tool when it comes to claiming your taxes.
 
Getting your taxable amount to the lowest possible is important if you want to pay less in taxes. It’s crucial to research which ones may apply to your situation and take advantage of them while preparing your tax return.

Decide if You Need Help

If you’re a first-time taxpayer, you have the option of either doing your own taxes or hiring a professional. 
 
Many Gen-Z individuals choose to do their own taxes, which is generally fine if your tax situation is straightforward.
 
By taking the DIY approach, you can potentially save money and complete your tax return quickly using tax software or the official IRS Free File program.
 
 Calculate your estimated Tax Return using Turbo Tax.

Completing Your Tax Filing

 
Once you’re prepared to file your taxes, it’s important to ensure the accuracy of your tax return. Take the time to review your personal information, income, deductions, and credits for any errors or omissions.
 
Online Filing: If you choose to file online, the platform you use will typically guide you through the process. Before proceeding from one page to the next, carefully verify the information provided for an easier filing experience.
 
 
Tax Professional Assistance: When working with a tax professional, they are responsible for reviewing their work. However, it’s crucial to provide them with accurate information from the start. If needed, ask for a walkthrough of your return to gain additional peace of mind.
 
Nonprofit Organization Assistance: If you’re seeking help from a nonprofit organization, you might be required to attend in-person sessions and bring all necessary documents. The organization will then assist you in submitting your tax return.
 
Paper Filing: If you opt for paper filing, complete all mandatory forms accurately, attach supporting documents, and send the package to the appropriate IRS address. Take the time to double-check everything before mailing your return, and remember to include a signed and dated copy.
 
It’s crucial to file your return by the tax deadline to avoid any late penalties. For the 2024 tax year, the deadline is April 15, 2024.

Pay the IRS if you owe taxes

After filing your taxes, you’ll either receive a tax refund or a notice of the amount you owe to the IRS. If you end up owing money, you’ll need to know how to pay what you owe.
 
You have a few options:
 
  • Use IRS Direct PayThis online service lets you pay your tax bill directly from your bank account. It’s a secure and convenient way to pay the IRS without any fees. 
  • Pay with a credit or debit card: You can pay your taxes using a credit or debit card through authorized payment processors, but this method includes fees. 
  • Pay in installments: If you can’t pay your tax bill in full, you may be eligible for an installment payment plan with the IRS. This allows you to pay your tax debt over time in manageable installments. 
Whichever method you choose, pay what you owe on time to avoid any penalties.

Common Tax Mistakes to Avoid For First-Time Filers

  • Misreporting any earned income
  • Not claiming qualified deductions or credits
  • Forgetting to sign and date your Tax return
  • Missing the date to file
  • Not keeping organized and accurate records.
  • Inaccurate Filing Status

This post was all about, everything you need to know before filing your taxes for the first time.

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