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    07.22.15 Jackson Hewitt® Delivers Top 5 Tax Tips For System Administrators

    Who do you call when your servers are down? It’s the system administrators who work hard to keep IT working properly. So we wanted to be on call and give you some specific tips to save more of your hard earned money. 1. Claim home office expenses As someone always on call, if you’ve set up a home office that is used specifically for your job, you may be able to deduct some of those expenses. 2. Track your travel expenses You may be able to deduct mileage and other out-of-pocket costs when you are traveling for work. Those trips to the data center may pay off at tax time. 3. Charitable contributions are deductible Did you help a charity with their IT systems this year? If you contributed equipment or paid for any of your charity’s IT costs, you may be able to claim these expenses. 4. It pays to learn You can claim unreimbursed costs for any IT certification or recertification programs. This includes costs for related books, software, and memory sticks. 5. When in doubt, talk to a tax professional People often claim their expenses incorrectly. One missed deduction could more than cover the cost of having your taxes completed in person with a tax professional. We rely on you to keep things running smoothly, so please rely on us to get you the biggest refund you deserve. Enjoy your day, System Administrators!

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    07.22.15 Jackson Hewitt® Delivers Top 5 Tax Tips to Parents

    Congratulations if you became a new parent or added an additional bundle of joy to your family this year. We know how you work as a parent, so we’re working hard to help you keep more in your wallet for those emergency diaper runs. 1. Keep your hospital and doctor visit receipts The costs of medical care during your pregnancy and after your child is born may be deductible. This includes costs for both child and mother. 2. Don’t forget to claim your new dependent As long as your child was born before midnight on December 31, you can claim them as a deduction for that year’s tax return. Those gifts for having the first baby of the New Year are nice – but getting the tax break on your tax return is even nicer! 3. Did you adopt? There’s a credit for that If you are one of millions of Americans who have opened your heart and adopted a child, you are also eligible to claim the expenses for your adoption. 4. Your bundle of joy may help you qualify for EITC Depending on your income, you might qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The amount of income required and the related deductions change each year. Just because you didn’t qualify last year, doesn’t mean you won’t qualify this year. 5. When in doubt, talk to a tax professional People often claim their expenses incorrectly. One missed deduction could more than cover the cost of having your taxes completed in person with a tax professional. Spend more time with your kids and less time worrying about your taxes. Rely on us to get you the biggest refund you deserve. Happy Parents' Day!

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    07.22.15 Jackson Hewitt® Delivers 5 Tax Tips for Airline Employees in Honor of Amelia Earhart’s Birthday

    Today we celebrate the 118th anniversary of the birth of Amelia Earhart, one of our nation’s most famous pilots. For those working in the airline industry today, we recognize your work, serving customers every day, on every flight. In return, we work hard to find deductions for all airline employees. So sit back, relax and enjoy the flight into savings. 1. Looking good can keep more in your wallet You can deduct expenses for parts of your work uniform. Additionally, unreimbursed job aides and materials such as pilot wings, name tags, etc. may be deductible. Just note, items such as shoes and socks are generally not deductible (unless specifically required for work). 2. Need to stop and take your required rest period? Keep those receipts Are you a member of an in-flight crew? You can deduct the cost of lodging when required to stop and get the 8 (or more) hours of rest under Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) hours of service limits. 3. Take a bite out of your meal costs 80% of your meal expenses are allowed to be deducted when traveling under FAA regulations. 4. It pays to learn You may be eligible for a deduction or a credit for any course you take to improve your job performance or to maintain your certifications. 5. When in doubt, talk to a tax professional There is no need to fly solo when doing your taxes. People often claim their expenses incorrectly. A return prepared by a tax professional will give you a sense of relief that you’ve claimed your deductions properly. We rely on you to get us where we need to go safely, so we want you to rely on us to get you the biggest refund you deserve. In the meantime, take today to remember and celebrate an aviation pioneer, Amelia Earhart.

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    07.02.15 Taxing our Founding Fathers

    Today is the anniversary the Declaration of Independence, which got us thinking about our Founding Fathers. As tax geeks, we wondered what their tax returns would look like today. So, we decided to look at the Declaration’s most recognizable signer: John Hancock.

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