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Can You Deduct Charitable Gifts on Your Tax Return?

Can You Deduct Charitable Gifts on Your Tax Return?

Many taxpayers make charitable gifts — because they’re generous and they want to save money on their federal tax bills. But with the tax law changes that went into effect a couple years ago and the many rules that apply to charitable deductions, you may no longer get...

Four New Law Changes that May Affect Your Retirement Plan

Four New Law Changes that May Affect Your Retirement Plan

If you save for retirement with an IRA or other plan, you’ll be interested to know that Congress recently passed a law that makes significant modifications to these accounts. The SECURE Act, which was signed into law on December 20, 2019, made these four changes....

New Law Provides a Variety of Tax Breaks to Businesses and Employers

New Law Provides a Variety of Tax Breaks to Businesses and Employers

While you were celebrating the holidays, you may not have noticed that Congress passed a law with a grab bag of provisions that provide tax relief to businesses and employers. The “Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020” was signed into law on December 20,...

Top 10 Tax Tips of 2019

Top 10 Tax Tips of 2019

We've reviewed our stats and based on our most read Tax Tips from this past year, we've compiled a list of our Top 10 Tax Tips of 2019. 1. Take Advantage of the Gift Tax Exclusion Rules  With the annual federal gift tax exclusion, you can transfer substantial amounts...

Congress Gives a Holiday Gift in the Form of Favorable Tax Provisions

Congress Gives a Holiday Gift in the Form of Favorable Tax Provisions

As part of a year-end budget bill, Congress just passed a package of tax provisions that will provide savings for some taxpayers. The White House has announced that President Trump will sign the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020 into law. It also...

Do You Have a Side Gig? Make Sure You Understand Your Tax Obligations

Do You Have a Side Gig? Make Sure You Understand Your Tax Obligations

The number of people engaged in the “gig” or sharing economy has grown in recent years, according to a 2019 IRS report. And there are tax consequences for the people who perform these jobs, such as providing car rides, renting spare bedrooms, delivering food, walking...

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...

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