Last week we talked about a few common income adjustments that California taxpayers can use. For example, unemployment compensation and some disability benefits are not taxable in the state, which can lead to an adjustment of your taxable income and help you keep more of your money.
California income tax is a large part of your tax bill, as you have doubtless noticed if you have started your return. California income tax is calculated similarly to federal income tax, but with a few extra rules.
Tax season is upon us, which means its time to gather your receipts, review your accounts and get to work on your annual return. It can be difficult to determine which deductions and credits you may qualify for, and those factors may seriously effect the outcome of your return. Fortunately, people with disabilities recently received some guidance from the IRS about deductions and credits that may help. There are several types of disability benefits, including Veterans Administration benefits and Supplemental Security Income, are exempt from gross income for the purpose of calculating tax. That could mean a lower tax bill overall. In addition, if a disability requires you to incur extra business expenses, those expenses may be claimed.