6 Simple Personal Finance Tips That Lead to a Big Payoff

Let’s face it: A lot of personal finance advice seems to be incredibly repetitive and common sense — like paying off your debt ASAP and watching your discretionary spending when money is tight. Much money-saving advice also tends to be geared toward people who already have money and those more concerned about avoiding the taxman than bill…

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October 2019 Individual and Business Tax Due Dates

October 2019 Individual Due Dates October 10 – Report Tips to Employer If you are an employee who works for tips and received more than $20 in tips during September, you are required to report them to your employer on IRS Form 4070 no later than October 10. Your employer is required to withhold FICA…

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Don’t Overlook These Essential Small Business Tax Credits

At their core, tax credits are a very particular type of benefit designed to offset the actual tax liability associated with SMBs around the country. This isn’t the same thing as a tax deduction, which lowers that business’s actual income. Tax credits are typically offered to incentivize everything from hiring more workers in order to…

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Is It Better to Have a Tax Credit or a Deduction?

Article Highlights: Itemized Deductions Above-the-Line Deductions Business Deductions Asset-Sale Deductions Refundable Credits Nonrefundable Credits Carryover Credits Business Tax Credits  People often say that an expense is “a tax write-off”; most everyone interprets this to mean that the expense will have a tax benefit. Generally, such a benefit takes the form of either a deduction or…

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Are You Subject to Self-Employment Tax?

Article Highlights: Self-employed Individuals Estimated Taxes Self-Employment Tax Estimated Tax Safe Harbors 1099-MISC and 1099-K Others Subject to Self-employment Tax income Not Subject to Self-employment Tax Self-employed individuals, unlike employees, don’t have someone withholding Social Security or Medicare (FICA) taxes along with pre-payments toward their federal (and state, where applicable) income tax from their wages…

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Household Help: Employee or Contractor?

Article Highlights: Household Employee Definition Employee Control Factors Self-employed or Employee Withholding Requirements Reporting Requirements Taxpayers often will hire an individual or firm to provide services at the taxpayer’s home. Because the IRS requires employers to withhold taxes for employees and issue them W-2s at the end of the year, the big question is whether…

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Small Business Owners May Qualify for a Home-Office Deduction

Article Highlights: Qualifications Actual Expense Method Simplified Method Home Office Expenses for Renters vs. Homeowners How Moving Affects the Home-Office Deduction Other Issues Gross Income Limitation “Home office” is a type of tax deduction that applies to the business use of a home; the space itself may not actually be an office. One of the…

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Health Savings Accounts (HSA) Fill Multiple Tax Needs

Article Highlights: Medical Savings Account Retirement Account High-Deductible Plan Eligible Individuals Monetary Qualification for an HSA Qualification Chart Maximum Contributions Establishing an HSA The Health Savings Account (HSA) is one of the most misunderstood and underused benefits in the Internal Revenue Code. Congress created HSAs as a way for individuals with high-deductible health plans (HDHPs)…

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Looking Ahead to 2019 Taxes

Article Highlights: Solar Credit Plug-In Electric Vehicle Credit Penalty for Not Having Health Insurance Medical Deduction Restrictions New Alimony Rules Standard Deduction Increase Increased Retirement Contributions Federal Tax Brackets Increase You have your 2018 tax return filed, or perhaps on extension, and now it is time to look forward to the changes that will impact…

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