Yearly Archives: 2016

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Seniors Beware The Affordable Care May Be Cutting Your Medical Deductions

Seniors Beware, Affordable Care Act Will Be Cutting Your Medical Deductions  Article Highlights:  Seniors and Medical Deductions  AGI Limitations in 2017  Taking Advantage in 2016 When an individual itemizes deductions, one of those deductions is the cost of medical and dental expenses, including health insurance premiums. However, the medical expense deduction has been historically limited [...]

By |2016-10-08T00:07:49+00:00October 8th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Seniors Beware The Affordable Care May Be Cutting Your Medical Deductions

July 2016 Individual Due Dates

July 1 - Time for a Mid-Year Tax Check Up Time to review your 2016 year-to-date income and expenses to ensure estimated tax payments and withholding are adequate to avoid underpayment penalties. July 11 - Report Tips to Employer If you are an employee who works for tips and received more than $20 in tips [...]

By |2016-11-23T22:45:40+00:00July 12th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on July 2016 Individual Due Dates

Surviving Spouse Estate Tax Exclusion

The estate tax is a tax on the transfer of property after an individual's death. It consists of an account of everything the decedent owned or had interest in on the date of death. This includes cash and securities, real estate, insurance, trusts, annuities, business interests, and other assets. The tax is based on the [...]

By |2016-11-23T22:45:40+00:00June 17th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Surviving Spouse Estate Tax Exclusion

Tax Breaks for Hiring Your Children in Your Family Business

With school vacation time just around the corner and employees heading out for summer vacations, you might consider hiring your children to help out in your business. Financially, it makes more sense to keep the family employed rather than hiring strangers, provided, of course, that the family member is suitable for the job. When hiring [...]

By |2016-11-23T22:45:40+00:00June 15th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Tax Breaks for Hiring Your Children in Your Family Business

Solar Tax Credits – Before You Take the Leap

When you see those TV ads for home solar power, you may get the impression that Uncle Sam is going to pick up 30% of your cost and you only have to come up with the other 70%. That is not necessarily the whole picture. True, the federal government has a 30% tax credit for [...]

By |2016-06-06T21:28:38+00:00June 6th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Solar Tax Credits – Before You Take the Leap

June 2016 Individual Due Dates

June 10 - Report Tips to Employer If you are an employee who works for tips and received more than $20 in tips during May, you are required to report them to your employer on IRS Form 4070 no later than June 10. Your employer is required to withhold FICA taxes and income tax withholding [...]

By |2016-11-23T22:45:40+00:00June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on June 2016 Individual Due Dates

Employers, Don’t Miss the Work Opportunity Tax Credit

Through 2019, employers who hire individuals from targeted groups are qualified to claim the work opportunity tax credit (WOTC). The credit is elective, and if claimed it reduces the employer's wage deduction dollar for dollar. The credit is a percentage of the employee’s first-year wages, generally up to $6,000 per eligible employee, paid during the [...]

By |2016-05-27T23:46:06+00:00May 27th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Employers, Don’t Miss the Work Opportunity Tax Credit

Big Business Write-Offs Available

With the enactment of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, Congress made two significant business-friendly changes in the tax law, extending bonus depreciation and making the Section 179 deduction’s higher expensing amount permanent. This article examines these changes so that you can take full advantage of them in your trade or business. Section [...]

By |2016-11-23T22:45:40+00:00May 20th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Big Business Write-Offs Available

Oops, Did You Forget Something on a Tax Return?

If you have already filed your tax return and overlooked an item of income or forgot to claim a deduction or credit, it is not too late! An amended return can be filed to correct an already filed tax return. Failing to report an item of income will most certainly generate an IRS inquiry, which [...]

By |2016-05-17T23:19:40+00:00May 17th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Oops, Did You Forget Something on a Tax Return?

Time-Share Use as a Charitable Contribution

If you have ever attended a charity auction, it is not uncommon to see a week’s use of a time-share included in the items donated for auction. The time-share owners who donate these weeks generally do so in anticipation of being able to take charitable donation deduction on their tax returns. How does one determine [...]

By |2016-11-23T22:45:40+00:00May 6th, 2016|Categories: Charitable Donations, Tax Deductions, Time Shares|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Time-Share Use as a Charitable Contribution