Archive for the Individual Income Tax Category

Ten Commonly Overlooked Deductions

Don’t forget these ideas to lower your taxes The tax code is about 75,000 pages long, so it’s not surprising there are many overlooked money-saving deductions hidden within it. Check out this list of commonly overlooked deductions. You might wind up with a bigger refund than you

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Use Your Tax Refund Wisely

Three of every four Americans got a refund check last year and the average amount was $2,777, according to IRS statistics. Because the amount of a refund is often uncertain, we may be tempted to spend it without too much planning. One way to counteract this natural

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When Converting to a Roth Makes Sense

When Converting to a Roth Makes Sense Virtually anyone with a qualified retirement savings account can convert funds into a Roth IRA. A Roth is different from other retirement accounts in that contributions come from after-tax dollars, while earnings are tax-free. The question for taxpayers with funds

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An Early Roth IRA Conversion Tip

An Early Roth IRA Conversion Tip It’s best to take action early in the tax year if you want to roll funds into a Roth IRA. That’s because an early move into a Roth typically gives you the option to re-convert your funds through October 15th of

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2017 Standard Mileage Rates

The IRS recently announced mileage rates to be used for travel in 2017. The business mileage rate decreases by 0.5 cents while medical and moving mileage rates are lowered by 2 cents. Charitable mileage rates are unchanged. 2017 Standard Mileage Rates Mileage Rate/Mile Business Travel 53.5¢ Medical/Moving

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Last Year’s Tax Bill Makes This Year’s Opportunity

For the first time in many years, it looks like a last minute tax law change will not upset your ability to fulfill a well thought out tax plan. In addition to making last minute moves to reduce your tax obligation, consider some opportunities to take advantage

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Private Agencies to Start Collecting for IRS

What you need to know: In late 2015 Congress required the IRS to turn over uncollected taxes it is no longer pursuing to outside collection agencies. The agencies are now selected and in early 2017 they will begin their collection efforts. This will impact all of us.

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NEW! College Aid Financial Package (FAFSA) Timing

Annual FAFSA filing availability is now If you have a child in college or entering college during the next school year, you need to read this. The time to apply for federal financial aid is now. The new application timeframe The Free Application for Federal Student Aid

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The IRS is Not Always Right

 The IRS is Not Always Right Quotes from actual IRS correspondence received by clients: “Our records show we received a 1040X…for the tax year listed above. We’re sorry but we cannot find it.” “Our records show you owe a balance due of $0.00. If we do not

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Plan for Tax Filing Season Changes

In an effort to reduce the amount of money paid to identity thieves who file fraudulent returns, the IRS will be implementing changes in the timing and way they handle the processing of tax returns. These steps will continue to evolve, but recent changes will impact millions

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