By Somdev Mukherjee
There are many taxpayers who often find it difficult to pay their taxes on time. Incurring of unplanned expense and a number of other reasons may be there for such difficulty arising. Tax relief seeks to help out such people by reducing their tax burden. Any deduction in taxes allowed to taxpayers by federal or state tax authorities for particular categories of expenditure are referred to by the term ‘tax relief’.
Again, partial or full tax exemptions may be provided for low and moderate income level families as a tax relief measure. In case of some natural disaster occurring also there are some relief measures offered so as to spare the affected population from making payments towards taxes immediately. Indeed the tax relief/tax exemption measures prove to be of immense help and are welcomed by all.
The tax relief is provided as a deduction from any of the various taxes like income tax, state tax, property tax, tax on small businesses etc. The tax riddled common man gets some respite by the granting of tax relief. The tax relief provided on small and developing businesses gives them an impetus and helps them tide over the initial phases of business activities that are not easygoing. Again, the property tax relief lessens the burden of tax of all property holders.
It is the low and modest income groups and senior citizens that are especially benefited by tax relief. The tax authorities review the ability of the taxpayers to pay out taxes and accordingly provide the relief on taxes. In case it is discovered that the value of an asset has gone down significantly and the tax concerning it is becoming burdensome to an unreasonable extent then tax relief is provided.
Remember, you can get tax relief only in case you, a taxpayer, make a request for relief for a valid reason as specified in law. You can qualify for relief only under some special circumstances. So, carry out an assessment of your financial situation and get clarified about the grounds on which you can request for relief prior to seeking the tax relief.
Somdev Mukherjee is a Kolkata (India) based writer of articles, short stories, poems and web content related to finance, mortgage, debt consolidation, insurance, laws and other topics of interest.