Income Tax Lawyers in Arroyo Grande, California

Income Tax Attorneys in Arroyo Grande, CA

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In Arroyo Grande, California, an income tax is imposed on a certain percentage of the income of all individuals and businesses. Usually, income from all sources may be taxed. The federal government has the authority 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 allowed to impose income taxes of their own.

The federal income tax must be paid by everyone 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 lawyer in Arroyo Grande, California if you are not clear about what your state and federal tax liability.

You might have heard rumors claiming that you don't really 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 refusing to pay your income tax in Arroyo Grande, California is a good way to end up in federal prison.

Income Tax Deductions in Arroyo Grande, California

A tax deduction is a reduction in your taxable income. It results in less of one's income being taxable, which causes a reduced tax liability.

There is also something called a tax credit, which is treated as a partial payment of the income tax. A tax credit almost always results in a reduced tax bill than a reduction of the same amount.

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

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

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How Can A Arroyo Grande, California Tax Attorney Help?

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

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