What does the IRS do to help with natural disaster relief?
We just watched Hurricane Florence slam the Carolinas, and last year’s hurricane season between Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria were devestating. The last several years the IRS has typically acted to provide taxpayer relief for natural disasters such as hurricanes Kartina and Rita, the 2014-2015 record snow fall in New England, the 2010 New England floods, Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Matthew, the Ebola Outbreak in 2014, and the 2010 Hatian earthquake. As you read this you would think we were facing the end, but thank goodness there has been help from the IRS. The typical measures often include delaying various filing deadlines, delating various payment deadlines, loosening rules for write offs for damage, and allowing for certain charitable contributions.
Why are we talking about an education benefit in the middle of the summer?
We know that everyone is in summer vacation mode. No one wants to talk about school now. I mean, the kids are just getting out of school! Well, someone has to bring up the subject to save you money on your education expenses. Therefore, it is time to start making plans for education savings. Even if your child is an infant, you want to think about this subject and ask yourself, “Am I going to send my child to private school?” And, “What if I don’t qualify for scholarships?” After all, scholarships are very competitive. So you want to think about education savings plans. Continue reading →
Minimizing Tax on Social Security Has An Income Factor
Often, people ask, “How do I go about minimizing tax on social security income?” Let’s face it, people make very little on social security income and it is only going to get harder and harder. How much (if any) of your Social Security benefits are taxable depends on a number of issues. The following facts will help you understand the taxability of your Social Security benefits.
For this discussion, the term “Social Security benefits” refers to the gross amount of benefits you receive (i.e., the amount before any reductions due to payments withheld for Medicare premiums). For tax purposes, Social Security benefits are treated Continue reading →
Well, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) has passed, mainly starting in 2018. Are you confused by tax reform and your taxes, and how this new law will impact you? You’re not alone. As has become the norm for Congress, it played brinksmanship and waited to almost the end of the year, in the midst of the holidays, to pass this very extensive tax bill, providing little time for anyone to plan for 2018.
So that you have an idea about how these changes might affect individual taxpayers like yourself, we have put together some of the key points of the new law. As a suggestion, pull out your 2016 federal return and follow along to get a better understanding of these changes. Continue reading →
Why is it so important that Senate Passes the Tax Bill?
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Heads To Reconciliation
So, Senate passes the tax bill. Yes, the Senate GOP finally brought their version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act out of committee and before the full Senate. Tax Reform, another name for the bill, passed by a narrow margin of 51-49 down party lines. The only dissenting Republican Senator was Bob Corker of Tennessee, who tweets that he reluctantly cast his vote as “no” over long-term fiscal issues. Continue reading →
Elderly Long Term Care Costs Will Always Be Part of Life
All seniors should consider planning for long term care costs. This is because Seniors often face the prospect of entering a nursing home to receive long-term care. And, for most seniors a nursing is their final residence before passing away.
At other times, for the more fortunate, the elderly person will remain at home and receive some type of assistance with his or her everyday activities. Both of these options can involve considerable expense to the senior. As a result, care should be taken to claim every tax deduction available in these situations to help abate the costs. Continue reading →
What is a KPI? How do you use KPI for every facet of your business?
KPI is an acronym for Key performance indicators. KPI is a metric or set of metrics companies use to measure performance. The use of KPI for every facet of your business is significant to upper level management decision making purposes. Continue reading →
Are you married to a foreign spouse? A non-resident of the USA?
A foreign spouse or as the IRS puts it, a nonresident alien, what is that, you may wonder? In this day and age, with businesses going global and worldwide travel being so easy, it is more and more common to see marriages take place between a U.S. citizen/non-U.S. citizen who is a resident of another country. These marriages trigger significant tax consequences. Continue reading →
Wouldn’t you like to know about early year-end tax planning to take advantage of possible tax reform?
So, why do we think early tax planning is appropriate this year? Actually, with the prospect of major tax reform on the horizon, some strategies can be put into place before the end of the year that can substantially reduce your 2017 tax bill. That would be nice.
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