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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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Know Your Audit Risk

Nearly every taxpayer can imagine a worst-case scenario where they run afoul of the IRS and are selected for an audit. Here are a few areas that tend to get unwanted audit attention and ideas to help you stay prepared.   Your audit risk is (probably) low.

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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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Preview of Some Key 2017 Tax Figures

 Preview of Some Key 2017 Tax Figures While official numbers for 2017 are not yet released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), many figures are based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) published by the Department of Labor. Using the release of recent CPI figures, a number

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In the News: The Student Tax Scam

In the News: The Student Tax Scam IMPORTANT: Please pass this information on to each of your children and any family with kids in school. Your best defense is awareness. With school just around the corner, the IRS has reminded us to pay attention to a new

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Charitable Donations from Your IRA

Charitable Donations from Your IRA  One of the temporary tax provisions made permanent as part of the tax code in late 2015 is qualified charitable distributions from IRAs for those who have reached age 70½. Unfortunately in 2014 and 2015, the law was extended too late during

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