Income Tax Lawyers in Adelanto, California

Income Tax Attorneys in Adelanto, CA

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In Adelanto, California, an income tax is imposed on a certain percentage of the income of all individuals and businesses. Typically, 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 California were free to impose income taxes of their own.

The federal income tax must be paid by everybody in the U.S. However, you must only pay the state income tax of the state you live in. You should talk with a financial adviser or tax attorney in Adelanto, California if you are not clear about what your state and federal tax liability.

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 Adelanto, California is a good way to end up in federal prison.

Income Tax Deductions in Adelanto, California

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.

Don't confuse a tax deduction with a tax credit. A tax credit simply reduces your tax bill by the amount of the credit. A tax credit normally reduces your tax bill more than a deduction of the same amount.

Many common expenses in Adelanto can be deducted, in whole or in part, from your taxable income. Federal tax deductions include charitable donations, union dues, interest paid on a mortgage, and state and local taxes.

If you live in a state that has an income tax, some of these expenses might also be deductible, though that depends on the individual tax laws of California.

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How Can A Adelanto, California Tax Attorney Help?

Income tax laws can get pretty complex. If you are in Adelanto, California and have any questions about your taxes, you should consult with an accountant or local tax attorney to avoid tax problems, such as audit or wage garnishment.

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