What You Should Know About IRA Basis

What is IRA Basis?

IRA basis is the sum of after tax contributions made to your Individual Retirement Account. This can include traditional IRAs, rollover IRAs, inherited IRAs, and Roth IRAs. Many taxpayers fail to keep track of after tax contributions to these retirement accounts. This is not a good idea because you end up paying tax twice on the money you contribute to your IRA; once on the way in and once on the way out. Continue reading

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Oops, Forget to Enclose That Tax Document?

Did you forget to enclose that tax document on your tax return? This is the largest source of IRS notices that I see. Taxpayers forget to report income from a 1099 or did not think the income was necessary to report. So, how do you deal with an IRS tax notice when you forgot to enclose the document with the tax return? Continue reading

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Earned Income Tax Credit: One Way to Save Money on the Schedule C

Are you looking for a way to save money? The Earned Income Tax Credit on your Schedule C helps low income workers.

There are millions of unincorporated businesses across the US. Many of these unincorporated business owners file a Schedule C on their personal tax return rather than a separate corporate tax return. There are benefits to keeping their tax filing requirements simple but there is also a near certainty that if you have a small business and you also are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit or Earned Income Credit (EITC), you will be audited. Here’s why. Continue reading

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Massachusetts DoR Wants Copies of Your W-2s

It is true, Massachusetts Department of Revenue wants copies of your W-2s, 1099s, etc.

Did you get a letter from Mass Department of Revenue asking for copies of your W-2s, 1099s, etc? Don’t panic. Chances are you have these w2 copies in your files and you just need to pull them out and follow these steps. Continue reading

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Emergency Savings: 67% of People Don’t Even Have $500 Emergency Fund

Are You Among the 67% Who Don’t Have $500 for an Emergency Savings or Emergency Fund?

Alarmingly isn’t it? Everyone should have an emergency fund. Only 37% of Americans have enough emergency savings to pay for a $500 crisis. That is roughly 4 in 10 Americans have something to cover an emergency. And that is a small emergency like a car repair or broken appliance. What about something major like a root canal or repairing a roof from wind damage? Continue reading

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Last Minute Tax Tips, Last Minute Tax Payments

Last Minute Tax Tips and Last Minute Tax Payments

Are you are up against the April 18, 2017 deadline and still need some information to complete your tax return, here are some last minute tax tips. Keep in mind these tips will help you also address last minute tax payments. Continue reading

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Top 6 Tax Scams List for 2017

Top 6 Tax Scams List Put Out by the IRS

Are your taxes done? If you haven’t and you are feeling the pressure to get them done. There are unscruplous tax preparers out there who will try to make you feel very good about a great big refund. However, the truth is, they are scamming you. This list will show you how they deceive you with unethical tax preparation practices. Instead of getting caught in this ordeal, we suggest you file an extension.

The IRS recently put this list of the top six tax scams on the website to help you avoid being caught victim to illegal tax practices. If you fall victim to one or more of these tax scams, you could end up with tax penalties, interest and worse, no refund! Continue reading

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Tax Filing Due Date 2017 is Fast Approaching

Tax Filing Due Date is Right Around the Corner

The due date to file taxes is April 18th for Federal and Massachusetts tax filing. In fact, most states are posting April 18th as the tax filing due date. Just a reminder if you still have to file your 2016 tax return, April 18, 2017 is the due date. This tax filing deadline is so you can file your return or pay any taxes you owe. For those who are not done with your tax preparation, we suggest you file for the automatic six-month extension. Also, you can pay the tax you estimate to be due. The due date is normally April 15, but the 15th falls on a weekend and the next business day, April 17, is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in Washington D.C., so the due date in 2017 is April 18. Continue reading

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