Plan Your 2021 Retirement Contributions

As part of your planning for next year, now is the time to review funding your retirement accounts. By establishing your contribution amounts at the beginning of each year, the financial impact of saving for your future should be more manageable. Here are annual contribution limits for the more popular programs: How to use Identify […]

15 Year-End Tax Tips

At the end of each year there are a number of things to consider that may have a positive impact on your tax obligation. Here is a list of fifteen ideas that may be worth a quick review. Make last minute charitable donations. Review and maximize use of the $15,000 annual gift giving limit. Review […]

Rent Your Property Tax-Free

Most income you receive is taxable income that is reported to you and to the federal/state tax authorities. However, renting out your home or vacation property on a short-term basis can be done tax-free if you follow the rules. The rule: If you receive rental income for less than 15 days per year, that income […]

Fund Your Retirement or Your Child’s College?

As our students prepare to head back to school, many families face the difficult decision to save for retirement or use those funds to pay for their children’s college education. If you are facing that dilemma, here are some thoughts: Prioritize retirement over education In most cases it is more important for parents to put […]

Hidden Back to School Tax Deductions

Summer is coming to a close and the back-to-school advertising blitz is underway. Hidden in some of those school expenses are tax deductions you can take advantage of. Here are some ways you can save: Watch for tax deductions on the supply list. Often schools send a list of requested supplies for the school year. Some […]

Your Paycheck Might be Deceiving You

Assess your tax situation now to avoid a surprise in the spring Major tax reform will have a noticeable impact on virtually all taxpayers this year. Will your total paycheck withholdings at the end of the year line up with the new changes? Here are a few of the major changes and why it might […]

Now is a Great Time to Organize Your Tax Records

The time to organize your tax records is now. Waiting until the end of the year or, even worse, waiting until you are audited can lead to headaches. Here are some tips to get on top of your tax records. Storage Hints Organize your records by tax year. If you have not already done so, […]

Third Quarter Estimated Taxes Due

Now is the time to make your estimated tax payment If you have not already done so, now is the time to review your tax situation and make an estimated quarterly tax payment using Form 1040-ES. The third quarter due date is now here. Due date: Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 SPECIAL NOTICE: With major tax […]

Common Tax Increase Surprises – I did not owe that last year!

Common Tax Increase Surprises – I did not owe that last year!  Picture this: For the past few years you’ve received your tax return and have had a small but nice refund. Now imagine your surprise, when next year, you are required to send in a fairly big check to settle your tax bill. Believe it […]

Salvage that Sunken Uncollectible Debt

Victims of reneged payment agreements might have a tax deduction There are few things as frustrating as not being paid what is owed to you. If it becomes clear the debt is not going to be paid, you might be able to recoup some of the lost money via a tax deduction. The IRS has […]