Income Tax Lawyers in Athens, Alabama

Income Tax Attorneys in Athens, AL

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In Athens, Alabama, an income tax is imposed on a certain percentage of the income of all individuals and businesses. Usually, income from all sources can be taxed. The federal government has the power to impose an income tax thanks to the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, enacted in 1916 after the Supreme Court had, on more than one occasion, found a federal income tax to be unconstitutional. Of course, before and after the creation of the federal income tax, states, including Alabama were free to impose income taxes of their own.

Everybody in the U.S. is subject to the federal income tax. But you are only subject to the income tax of the state in which you reside. Some states have no income tax at all. You should speak with an accountant or tax attorney in Athens, Alabama if you don't know what the tax system is here.

You might have heard rumors claiming that you don't actually have to pay your federal income tax. These rumors are false. "Tax protesters" rely on bizarre and discredited legal arguments in their claims that the federal income tax is somehow illegal. None of these arguments have ever been successful in U.S. Courts, and deliberately failing to pay your income tax in Athens, Alabama is a good way to end up in federal prison.

Income Tax Deductions in Athens, Alabama

A tax deduction is a reduction in your taxable income. For example, if a person makes $50,000 per year, and receives a $2,000 tax deduction, they will only have to pay taxes on the remaining $48,000.

This should not be confused with a tax credit, which is a reduction of a person's tax bill. A tax credit almost always results in a lower tax burden than a tax deduction of the same amount.

Lots of expenses that are common in Athens are tax deductible. Federal tax deductions include mortgage interest, union dues, interest paid on mortgages, and others.

If your state has an income tax, it likely has many of the same deductions, though they could vary widely. This will depend on the specific laws of Alabama.

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How Can A Athens, Alabama Tax Attorney Help?

Income tax law can get fairly complex in Athens, Alabama. If you have any questions about your income tax liability, you should not hesitate to speak with a tax attorney sooner, rather than later.

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