Understanding Basic Tax Terms

If your like many, you don't always understand what people are talking about when it comes to Taxes. It's important to know the main tax terminology, especially when tax season comes around. Knowing the basics will make tax season less of a hassle for you, and maybe even save you some money. There are hundreds of terms; Below are some of the most important:

Tax Form
A Tax Form is the form that is filled out and submitted to your government to report all of your tax information for the past year.

Audit
An audit refers to an unbiased examination and evaluation of the financial statements of an individual or organization such as a business. Audit's are performed for the purpose of ensuring that accounting records are fair and consistent, and are following the guidelines laid out for the individual or organization.

Capital Gain
Capital Gain refers to the amount of money made on Capital during a given tax period. For example if you own a house, and over the past year the value of your house increased by twenty thousand dollars, you would have to claim this twenty thousand dollars as a capital gain in your income taxes.

Capital Loss
Capital Gain refers to the amount of money Lost on Capital during a given tax period. For example if you own a house, and over the past year the value of your house decreased by twenty thousand dollars, you would have to claim this twenty thousand dollars as a capital loss in your income taxes.

Child Tax Credit
Child tax credits are tax credits that are given to the caregivers for each dependent child, that at the end of the tax year is under 17.

Flat Tax
Flat tax refers to a system where everyone is taxed at the same rate, regardless of how much they earn.

Gross Income
Gross income is an individuals or corporations total income before any taxes or deductions have been applied to the sum.

Net Income
Net Income is the total amount of income after all deductions and expenses.

Property Tax
Property tax is a tax that is assessed on real estate value by a local government.

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Rahul links tax cuts to Narendra Modi’s U.S. visit  The HinduWhat is needed is a large dose of public investment to create employment and increase people's purchasing power, says CPI(M)
Taxing wealth at lower rate than income is wrong, says thinktank  The GuardianThe government could gain £90bn in extra revenue over five years if it taxed income from wealth in the same way it taxes income from work, according to a ...
Too many taxes, anti-rich mindset need to go for economy to be back on its feet  Times of IndiaThe economy is in bad shape. There is no more debate about it. With a second innings of a super-stable government, we should be looking at a double-digit ...
₹1.45 lakh crore corporate tax cuts finalised by govt in 36 hours  Hindustan TimesThirty-six hours. That was all the time the government machinery had to work out the nitty-gritty and implement the ₹1.45 lakh crore of corporate tax rate cuts that ...
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Portugal Could Be a Tax Haven — Not Only for Crypto Traders  CointelegraphThe Portugal Tax Authority (PTA) announced last month that cryptocurrency trading and payments in crypto would not be subject to value-added tax (VAT).
Young People Are Starving for Classes on Finance, Tips on Taxes  BloombergGen Z is veering into the world of student loans, first apartments and financial burdens -- and they're hungry for help in figuring it all out. Three out of four recent ...
Firms may save $1 billion from buyback tax exemption  Economic TimesMore than 70 companies had announced or completed buybacks totaling $5.2 billion before July 5.
Is interest paid on foreign home loan tax-deductible in India?  Moneycontrol.comInterest on housing loan paid outside India can be claimed as a deduction in calculating income from house property, only if some important conditions are met.
Google will pay over $1 billion after French investigation over dodged taxes  The VergeGoogle has agreed to pay a $550 million fine to settle an investigation in France over its tax practices, Reuters reports.
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Taxes are the least of Elizabeth Warren's 'Medicare for All' problems  CNBCDemocratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has been given more than one opportunity over the past two weeks to clarify her response to a key question ...
Sensex sheds 3.5% in 4 days on concerns over slowdown, lower tax mop-up  LivemintMumbai: Indian equities fell over 1% on Thursday as investors remained concerned over slowing consumer demand and lower-than-targeted tax collection.
Nirmala Sitharaman press conference highlights: Corporate tax relief to help stabilise economy, says Tech Mahindra's Gurnani  Moneycontrol.comAddressing her fourth press conference to revive the economy, the FM announced a cut in the corporate tax rate for domestic companies and new domestic ...
Tax task force recommends new tax slabs for individuals  Economic TimesNEW DELHI: A government constituted Direct Tax Code task force, headed by CBDT member Akilesh Ranjan, is arguing for a new tax regime for individuals.
Corporate tax rate cut to spur demand for warehousing, commercial real estate  Moneycontrol.comWith the government slashing corporate tax rate to 25.17 per cent, real estate experts said that the move is expected to have a positive impact on the sector and ...
Federal judge halts California law forcing Trump to release tax returns to qualify for ballot  CNNA federal judge has ordered a temporary injunction against the California law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns to secure a spot on ...
Tax cut seen making domestic firms more competitive globally  LivemintMove to tax new manufacturing firms set up after 1 Oct at 15% is expected to strengthen the MSME sector.The move is likely to help the Centre achieve the target ...
Is it time to switch income tax with a sales tax?  The GuardianIs it time for the US to consider switching from income tax to a progressive consumption tax as a way of addressing growing wealth inequality? Many economists ...

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