Archive for Taxes

Sales Tax on Home Sales Rumor

September 27th, 2011

A rumor has been circulating for some time that home sales will be subject to a 3.8% federal sales tax beginning in 2013. Like most rumors, it has been initiated by someone who doesn’t have all the facts – in this case, someone who does not understand taxes. Unfortunately, the misinformation has been perpetuated through […]

Do You Owe the IRS Money?

September 21st, 2011

While the majority of Americans get a tax refund each year, there are many who owe tax and some who can’t pay what they owe all at once. If you find yourself in the position of owing taxes, there are a number of ways to deal with the issue: Get a Loan to Pay the […]

Back to School Tips for College Students and Parents

September 13th, 2011

Whether you’re a recent high school graduate going to college for the first time or a returning college student, it will soon be time to get to campus—and payment deadlines for tuition and other fees are not far behind. Students or parents paying such expenses should keep receipts and be aware of some tax benefits […]

Home Office No Longer Red Flag?

July 20th, 2011

Whenever talking to clients about the allowable home office deduction, some usually respond with… ….”Are you kidding”, ….”No way!”, …”Isn’t that a RED flag”, or my favorite…”I’d rather play it safe than sorry”. Well, of course 10 years ago it MAY have been a RED flag. And if you don’t have a trusted tax adviser […]

Limited Window of Opportunity

July 1st, 2011

Last December, Congress extended a number of the Bush-era tax breaks, but only for a limited length of time. It is probably a safe bet that most won’t get extended further, considering the size of the national debt. Although numerous tax breaks were extended, only a few provide you with an opportunity to take actions […]

Did You Take an Early Distribution from Your Retirement Plan?

April 25th, 2011

In today’s economy, some taxpayers may need to take money out of their retirement plans to make ends meet. If you have or are contemplating on taking a distribution, there are some very important and unexpected tax issues you need to be aware of. Withdrawals from tax-deferred retirement accounts, such as Traditional IRAs are generally […]

Tax Filing Deadline Rapidly Approaching

April 11th, 2011

Just a reminder to those who have not yet filed their 2010 tax return that April 18, 2011 is the due date to either file your return and pay any taxes owed, or file for the automatic six-month extension and pay the tax you estimate to be due.  Normally the deadline is April 15, but […]

Two Tax Credits to Help Pay Higher Education Costs

April 4th, 2011

There are two federal tax credits available to help individuals offset the costs of higher education for themselves or their dependents.  They are the American Opportunity Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit. To qualify for either credit, a taxpayer must pay post-secondary tuition and fees for themselves, their spouse or their dependent.  The credit is […]

Tips to Avoid a Tax Audit

March 22nd, 2011

An IRS tax audit can come in a number of forms.  The most demanding are the face-to-face audits, which require sitting down with an auditor and reconciling income and deductions.  Others are the less demanding correspondence audits where the IRS has reason to believe that the taxpayer failed to include reported income or has overstated […]

Tax Tips for Self-Employed Individuals

March 15th, 2011

If you are in business for yourself, or carry on a trade or business as a sole proprietor or an independent contractor, you generally would consider yourself self-employed, and you will need to include on your tax return your income and allowable business expenses to determine your net profit. Your net profit is subject to […]

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