Income Tax Lawyers in Cloverdale, California

Income Tax Attorneys in Cloverdale, CA

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In Cloverdale, California, an income tax is imposed on a certain percentage of the income of all individuals and businesses. Generally, income from all sources may be taxed. The federal government has had explicit constitutional authority to impose an income tax since 1916, with the passage of the 16th Amendment. This came after the Supreme Court had consistently found a federal income tax to be unconstitutional. States, including California, have always been allowed to impose whatever type of income tax they liked.

While the federal government levies an income tax against every person and corporation in the U.S., the income taxes imposed by the states vary widely. Some states have fairly high income taxes, and a few have none at all. You should consult with a Cloverdale, California tax lawyer if you don't know what type of tax system your state has.

You may have heard rumors that the income tax is unconstitutional, and one's requirement to pay the federal income tax can be argued in court. However, this position relies on fringe constitutional arguments which have never been adopted by any U.S. court. If you refuse to pay your federal income tax in Cloverdale, California, you will face criminal charges.

Income Tax Deductions in Cloverdale, California

A tax deduction is an expense which, in whole or in part, is subtracted from a person's taxable income. For example, if you make $50,000 in a year, and the tax rate is 10%, a reduction of $1,000 results in only $49,000 being taxed. This means that you will pay $4,900 instead of $5,000.

This should not be conflated with a tax credit, which is a reduction in your tax bill. A tax credit usually results in a greater reduction in tax liability than a reduction in the same amount.

Many common expenses in Cloverdale 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 particular tax laws of California.

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How Can A Cloverdale, California Tax Attorney Help?

Income tax laws in Cloverdale, California can get very complex. You should speak with an accountant or tax attorney if you have any questions about your income tax liability.

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