In Sidney, New York, the income tax is a tax imposed on money received (income) during a given set time period. Under federal law, and the laws of most states, income from any source may be taxed. The federal government has the constitutional authority to tax income thanks to the 16th Amendment, which was enacted in 1916. Before that time, the U.S. Supreme Court had consistently declared the federal income tax unconstitutional, but individual states, including New York were allowed to impose an income tax if they saw fit.

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 Sidney, New York tax lawyer if you don't know what type of tax system your state has.

Income Tax Deductions in Sidney, New York

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 Sidney 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.

How Can A Sidney, New York Tax Attorney Help?

Income tax laws can get quite complex, particularly when large amounts of money from multiple sources are involved. It would not be a bad idea to call a Sidney, New York tax lawyer to avoid the consequences of under-paying, and to prevent you from over-paying.