Tag Archives: Individual

“Last-Minute” 2020 Year-End Tax-Saving Moves for Individuals

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There are only a few days left before the year ends, but here are some actions you can take before the new year to improve your situation for 2020 and beyond. Consider President-elect Biden’s proposals. As the year comes to an end, it is hard to predict what, if anything, that the Biden Administration has […]

Taxpayers should include tax plans in their wedding plans

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Couples getting married this year know there are a lot of details in planning a wedding. Along with the cake and gift registry, their first tax return as a married couple should be on their checklist. The IRS has tips and tools to help newlyweds consider how marriage may affect their taxes. Here are five […]

Worried About Owing Taxes at Year-End?

Individuals should review their withholding and avoid having too little (or too much!) federal income taxes withheld from their paychecks. Nobody likes a surprise in April, so it’s best to review your withholding for the year now and take into consideration any life changes; such as marriage, changes in dependents, or changes in income. Having the […]

How to Handle an IRS Letter

The IRS mails millions of letters every year to taxpayers for a variety of reasons. Many of these letters are computer generated. It’s important to keep the following tips in mind if you are ever the recipient of a letter or notice from the IRS: Don’t panic. Most notices can be resolved with a simple […]

Controversial Charitable Contribution Regulation Withdrawn

This past September, the IRS proposed a regulation that would require charitable organizations to collect personal information from its donors and file information returns with the IRS with this personal information for donations over $250. The IRS would, in turn, would use informational returns received from the donee to match the amounts with the social security […]

Highway Bill Gives IRS Power over Passports

Last week President Obama signed into law the Highway Bill, a five-year $305 billion law that will focus on improving highway and transit projects. Included in that law were two controversial provisions that didn’t receive as much press.Both these provisions were included as offsets that are expected to cover the infrastructure spending. Aside from the […]

Store or Shred? What you need to know about document retention

The IRS recently revised legislation that previously kept the statute of limitations open for 6 years for any understatement of income greater than 25% of gross income. The new law now provides that an in addition to understatement of income, overstatement of deductions that results in the same 25% omission of income leaves you open […]

Five Tax Strategies Now for Refunds in April

As the year winds down, there is nothing more important than discussing year-end tax strategy. Building communication between yourself, your CPA, and your investment advisor will guarantee you are a winner come April 15. Far too often, poor decision making and bad planning will lead to a big bill from the IRS. I’ve compiled a […]

Spring 2015 Statistics of Income IRS Bulletin Released!

Last week, the IRS released the Spring 2015 Statistics of Income Bulletin. The bulletin includes preliminary numbers from the 2013 tax year. Some of the more interesting data points include the following: 147.7 Million tax returns were filed, 1.9% more than the previous year. Although Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) and taxable income was only up […]

Affordable Care Act and what it means for you

As many of you are well-aware of at this point, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) required individual taxpayers to have a minimum essential coverage beginning in 2014. This act has many moving pieces and still remains complex to the bulk of taxpaying Americans. Recently, the IRS released a webinar, hoping to alleviate much of the […]