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Adopting a Child? Bring Home Tax Savings with Your Bundle of Joy

Adopting a Child? Bring Home Tax Savings with Your Bundle of Joy

If you’re adopting a child, or you adopted one this year, there may be significant tax benefits available to offset the expenses. For 2019, adoptive parents may be able to claim a nonrefundable credit against their federal tax for up to $14,080 of “qualified adoption...

Medical Expenses: What it Takes to Qualify for a Tax Deduction

Medical Expenses: What it Takes to Qualify for a Tax Deduction

As we all know, medical services and prescription drugs are expensive. You may be able to deduct some of your expenses on your tax return but the rules make it difficult for many people to qualify. However, with proper planning, you may be able to time discretionary...

What is Your Taxpayer Filing Status?

What is Your Taxpayer Filing Status?

For tax purposes, December 31 means more than New Year’s Eve celebrations. It affects the filing status box that will be checked on your tax return for the year. When you file your return, you do so with one of five filing statuses, which depend in part on whether...

Using Your 401(k) Plan to Save This Year and Next

Using Your 401(k) Plan to Save This Year and Next

You can reduce taxes and save for retirement by contributing to a tax-advantaged retirement plan. If your employer offers a 401(k) or Roth 401(k) plan, contributing to it is a taxwise way to build a nest egg. If you’re not already contributing the maximum allowed,...

Small Businesses: Stay Clear of a Severe Payroll Tax Penalty

Small Businesses: Stay Clear of a Severe Payroll Tax Penalty

One of the most laborious tasks for small businesses is managing payroll. But it’s critical that you not only withhold the right amount of taxes from employees’ paychecks but also that you pay them over to the federal government on time. If you willfully fail to do...

Selling Securities by Year End? Avoid the Wash Sale Rule

Selling Securities by Year End? Avoid the Wash Sale Rule

If you’re planning to sell assets at a loss to offset gains that have been realized during the year, it’s important to be aware of the “wash sale” rule. How the rule works Under this rule, if you sell stock or securities for a loss and buy substantially identical...

Take Advantage of the Gift Tax Exclusion Rules

Take Advantage of the Gift Tax Exclusion Rules

As we head toward the gift-giving season, you may be considering giving gifts of cash or securities to your loved ones. Taxpayers can transfer substantial amounts free of gift taxes to their children and others each year through the use of the annual...

When is Tax Due on Series EE Savings Bonds?

When is Tax Due on Series EE Savings Bonds?

You may have Series EE savings bonds that were bought many years ago. Perhaps you store them in a file cabinet or safe deposit box and rarely think about them. You may wonder how the interest you earn on EE bonds is taxed. And if they reach final maturity,...

Uncle Sam May Provide Relief from College Costs on Your Tax Return

Uncle Sam May Provide Relief from College Costs on Your Tax Return

We all know the cost of college is expensive. The latest figures from the College Board show that the average annual cost of tuition and fees was $10,230 for in-state students at public four-year universities — and $35,830 for students at private...

The Solar Investment Tax Credit to Decline

The Solar Investment Tax Credit to Decline

Important information if you’re considering solar for your home or businessThe Solar Investment Tax Credit, or ITC, is available for solar panel systems on both residential and commercial properties. ITC is an incentive that grants a credit worth 30% of...

Expenses That Teachers Can and Can’t Deduct on Their Tax Returns

Expenses That Teachers Can and Can’t Deduct on Their Tax Returns

As teachers head back for a new school year, they often pay for various expenses for which they don’t receive reimbursement. Fortunately, they may be able to deduct them on their tax returns. However, there are limits on this special deduction, and some...

Taking Distributions from Your Traditional IRA

Taking Distributions from Your Traditional IRA

If you’re like many people, you’ve worked hard to accumulate a large nest egg in your traditional IRA (including a SEP-IRA). It’s even more critical to carefully plan for withdrawals from these retirement-savings vehicles.Knowing the fine points of the IRA...

What to Do If Your Business Receives a “No-Match” Letter

What to Do If Your Business Receives a “No-Match” Letter

In the past few months, many businesses and employers nationwide have received “no-match” letters from the Social Security Administration (SSA). The purpose of these letters is to alert employers if there’s a discrepancy between the agency’s files and data...

The Tax Implications of Being a Winner

The Tax Implications of Being a Winner

Winning at gamblingWhether you win at the casino, a bingo hall, or elsewhere, you must report 100% of your winnings as taxable income. They’re reported on the “Other income” line on Schedule 1 of your 1040 tax return. To measure your winnings on a...

The “Kiddie Tax” Hurts Families More Than Ever

The “Kiddie Tax” Hurts Families More Than Ever

Years ago, Congress enacted the “kiddie tax” rules to prevent parents and grandparents in high tax brackets from shifting income (especially from investments) to children in lower tax brackets. And while the tax caused some families pain in the past, it...

The “Nanny Tax” Must be Paid for More Than Just Nannies

The “Nanny Tax” Must be Paid for More Than Just Nannies

You may have heard of the “nanny tax.” But even if you don’t employ a nanny, it may apply to you. Hiring a housekeeper, gardener or other household employee (who isn’t an independent contractor) may make you liable for federal income and other taxes. You...

Volunteering for Charity: Do You Get a Tax Break?

Volunteering for Charity: Do You Get a Tax Break?

If you’re a volunteer who works for charity, you may be entitled to some tax breaks if you itemize deductions on your tax return. Unfortunately, they may not amount to as much as you think your generosity is worth.Because donations to charity of cash or...

You May Have to Pay Tax on Social Security Benefits

You May Have to Pay Tax on Social Security Benefits

During your working days, you pay Social Security tax in the form of withholding from your salary or self-employment tax. And when you start receiving Social Security benefits, you may be surprised to learn that some of the payments may be taxed.If you’re...

If Your Kids Are Off to Day Camp, You May Be Eligible for a Tax Break

If Your Kids Are Off to Day Camp, You May Be Eligible for a Tax Break

Now that most schools are out for the summer, you might be sending your children to day camp. It’s often a significant expense. The good news: You might be eligible for a tax break for the cost.The value of a creditDay camp is a qualified expense under the...

Donating Your Vehicle to Charity May Not be a Taxwise Decision

Donating Your Vehicle to Charity May Not be a Taxwise Decision

You’ve probably seen or heard ads urging you to donate your car to charity. “Make a difference and receive tax savings,” one organization states. But donating a vehicle may not result in a big tax deduction — or any deduction at all.Trade in, sell or...

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