7 Tax Planning Tips For Families

1. Save Receipts

Every year you should create a new folder in your filing cabinet, to keep all of your tax related documents and receipts for the year. If you make a habit of collecting these files throughout the year then it will make life easier for you and your family come next tax season.

2. Stay Current on Recent Tax Laws

If you are serious about tax planning for your family then you want to make sure you understand the current set of tax laws. It is important to make sure you are keeping the correct receipts, planning for the right deductions, and making smart purchases.

4. College Tax Credits

Speaking of recent tax law changes, President Obama recently extended the college tax credit. If you have any children attending college this year then you will want to make sure and claim the new credit. The maximum amount for the credit was raised to $2,500, and can now be claimed for up to 4 years. To learn more about the American Opportunity Tax Credit, check out this entry on Roni’s personal blog.

5. Educational Savings Accounts

Formerly called “Educational IRAs” these special savings accounts are a tax friendly way to save for your child’s future educational expenses. Although you pay taxes on the money deposited into the account, you will not be taxed on earnings that you withdrawal from the account to pay for college expenses. You are allowed to $2,000 per year for each child you have until the reach the age of 18. For more information on educational savings accounts, check out IRS Publication 970: Tax Benefits for Higher Education.

6. Health Care Deductions

If your family’s medical bills exceed 7.5% of your adjusted gross income then you can deduct them on your tax return. This can be especially useful if you have a newborn child or a sick family member who needs extra medical attention throughout the year.

7. Employing a Child

If you are the sole proprietor of a business then you might want to consider hiring one of your children. As long as they are under the age of 18, you can them up to $5,000 in wagers per year that will not be subject to income taxes.