Archive for the Tax Tips Category

One Last Checkup: Are you withholding enough for your taxes?

One Last Checkup Are you withholding enough for your taxes? As we enter into the fall months, it’s a good time to check your tax withholdings to make sure you haven’t been paying too much or too little. This is especially true if major changes took place

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Five Home Office Deduction Mistakes

Five Home Office Deduction Mistakes                 If you operate a business out of your home, you may be able to deduct a wide variety of expenses. These may include part of your rent or mortgage costs, insurance, utilities, repairs, maintenance,

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Avoid a Debt Settlement Tax Surprise

Avoid a Debt Settlement Tax Surprise   The number of Americans struggling with high debt is increasing, according to the U.S. Federal Reserve. U.S. household debt reached a new record this spring, the central bank said, with the average indebted household owing more than $16,000 on their

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The Tax Impact as Your Children Grow Up

The Tax Impact as Your Children Grow Up Prepare now for potential income tax hits As your children grow older, you can easily be surprised by a larger tax bill. To help ease the possible burden, consider these tax implications as your dependent children age. A higher

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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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