3 Common Personal Income Tax Problems & How to Respond

Tax problems aren’t just a worry that hang over people’s heads from January through April every year. Many of them go far beyond the numbers that you report, and they can require additional evidence that your bank statements and paychecks can’t provide. Additionally, the IRS isn’t the only source of those problems: state tax authorities…

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Year-End Tips for Charitable Contributions

Article Highlights: Watch Out for Charity Scams Tax Exempt Organization Search Tool Tax Benefits of Charitable Contributions Bunching Deductions Qualified Charitable Distributions Substantiation As the end of the year and the holiday season approach, we will all see an uptick in the number of charitable solicitations arriving in our mailboxes and by email. Since some…

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Did You Just Get an IRS Notice of Deficiency? Here’s What to Do Next

Nobody likes getting mail from the IRS — especially when it’s something you weren’t expecting. One minute, you’re minding your own business and aren’t even thinking about that return you filed months ago. The next minute you open your mailbox and see something called a “Notice of Deficiency” — and your anxiety immediately goes through…

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Excess Retirement Plan Contributions Can Be Taxing

Article Highlights: Excess IRA Contributions Excess Contribution Penalty Correcting Excess IRA Contributions Applying the Excess to a Future Year Excess 401(k) Contributions Failing to Timely Correct 401(k) Excess Contributions Some individuals financially struggle just to be able to make a nominal contribution to their tax-favored retirement plan, whether it be an IRA, 401(k) plan, or…

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Child Daycare and Taxes

Article Highlights: Daycare Providers Simplified Food Deduction Special Rules for Business Use of the Provider’s Home Home Sale Consequences Other Expenses Other Daycare Provider Issues Daycare User Credit Employer Dependent Care Benefits Other Credit Criteria When discussing daycare for children so their parents can work, there are two primary areas of discussion: one from the…

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Earned Income Tax Credit: Used, Abused and Altered

Article Highlights: Purpose of the Earned Income Tax Credit Qualifications Earned Income Qualified Child Credit Phaseout Computing the Credit Investment Income Limit Combat Pay Election Fraud Safeguards Any discussion of the earned income tax credit (EITC) needs to begin with a discussion of why Congress created it in the first place. It has a twofold…

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Tax Issues Related to Hobbies

Article Highlights: Hobby Losses Not-for-Profit Rules Determining Factors Trade or Business Presumption Hobby Tax Reporting Self-Employment Tax Generally, when individuals have a hobby, they have it because they enjoy it and are not involved in their hobby with the goal of making money. In fact, most hobbies never make money or don’t even create any…

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Small Business Tax Accountants

Small business tax accountants are key to the success and longevity of any small business. Having a qualified and reputable accountant is essential to all aspects of running a small business. From payroll, to loans, and even coming up with a sound business plan; small business tax accountants are here to help. So, how do…

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Business Tax Extension: What You Need to Know

Do you need more time to file your 2017 business tax return? Here’s what to do. If you need more time to complete your 2017 business tax return, you can request an extension of time to file your return. However, even with an extension, you must estimate how much you owe (if you owe) and send…

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Take Advantage of Small Business Tax Deductions

When it comes to filing taxes, there are many ways small businesses can save money. Small business owners can take advantage of different tax deductions and place their saved dollars back into their business. Whether you work from home, an office, or a vehicle, here are some ideas to consider. Added together, these costs can…

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