Are investment-related expenses deductible? It depends…

Do you have significant investment-related expenses, including the cost of subscriptions to financial services, home office expenses and clerical costs? Under current tax law, these expenses aren’t deductible through 2025 if they’re considered investment expenses for the production of income. But they’re deductible if they’re considered trade or business expenses. For years before 2018, production-of-income …
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Heads up! IRS audits may be on the rise

The IRS just released its audit statistics for the 2020 fiscal year and fewer taxpayers had their returns examined as compared with prior years. But even though a small percentage of returns are being chosen for audit these days, that will be little consolation if yours is one of them. Latest statistics Overall, just 0.5 …
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7 valuable deductions for self-employed individuals

If your business was forced to close due to the pandemic, you may be itching to get back in the game. Or maybe you’re looking to fulfill a lifelong dream of running a business for the first time. In any event, there’s been a recent uptick in the number of people starting small businesses. Uncle …
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Retiring soon? 4 tax issues you might face

If you’re getting ready to retire, you’ll soon experience changes in your lifestyle and income sources that could have numerous tax implications. Here’s a brief rundown of four tax and financial issues you may deal with when you retire: Taking required minimum distributions. This is the minimum amount you must withdraw from your retirement accounts. …
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Real Estate Taxes Are Subject to a $10,000 Limit. Or Are They?

Real Estate Taxes Are Subject to a $10,000 Limit.Or Are They? By Christian J. Hofflinger, CPA The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act brought with it numerous changes affecting businesses and individuals. One of the most recognized and controversial changes for individuals was the $10,000 cap placed on itemized deductions for state and local taxes.  …
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Understanding and controlling the unemployment tax costs of your business

Understanding and controlling the unemployment tax costs of your business As an employer, you must pay federal unemployment (FUTA) tax on amounts up to $7,000 paid to each employee as wages during the calendar year. The rate of tax imposed is 6% but can be reduced by a credit (described below). Most employers end up …
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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 federal gift tax exclusion. …
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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 not-for-profit …
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2019 Q4 tax calendar: Key deadlines for businesses and other employers

2019 Q4 tax calendar: Key deadlines for businesses and other employers Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the fourth quarter of 2019. Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional deadlines that apply to you. Contact us to ensure you’re meeting all …
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The next estimated tax deadline is September 16: Do you have to make a payment?

The next estimated tax deadline is September 16: Do you have to make a payment?  If you’re self-employed and don’t have withholding from paychecks, you probably have to make estimated tax payments. These payments must be sent to the IRS on a quarterly basis. The third 2019 estimated tax payment deadline for individuals is Monday, …
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