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    We Had An Expert Answer The 17 Most Commonly Googled Tax Questions So You Don't Have To

    First of all, this year's tax deadline is May 17th.

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    Figuring out your taxes isn't easy. The tax law is always changing and if you're like me, you have to read everything three times — and then google it — before you understand what it means.

    To save you some time, we took the most googled tax questions and ran them by a tax expert.

    1. When are taxes due?

    Calendar page showing May 17

    2. What happens if you don't file taxes?

    3. How much do you have to make to file taxes?

    Screenshot of minimum income to file taxes

    4. Should I do my own taxes?

    5. What is a W-2?

    Screenshot of a W-2 tax form

    6. When should I get my W-2?

    7. What is a 1099?

    8. How do you file a 1099?

    9. Who can claim head of household?

    10. What is the difference between married filing separately and filing single?

    Screenshot of the five tax filing statuses

    11. Who can I claim as a dependent?

    12. What is the difference between a tax credit and a deduction?

    Screenshot of tax credit and tax deduction explaination

    13. What are some tax credits I can claim?

    Screenshot of some popular tax credits

    14. What is the standard deduction?

    Screenshot of the 2020 standard deduction amounts

    15. What qualifies as a home office for tax purposes?

    16. What if I owe taxes and can't pay?

    17. How long does it take to get your tax refund?

    And if we didn't touch on your question here, you might find an answer in these FAQs from the IRS or by talking to a pro.

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