Category Archives: Taxes

Why Was My Tax Refund Lower This Year?

Was Your Tax Refund Lower Than Expected This Year?

Did you expect have your tax refund lower this year? You are not alone! In fact, the IRS put out a report by the Treasury Department on February 14th. The IRS report said that, the average refund it is paying in 2019 has gone down to $1,949 from $2,135 in the prior year. On average the tax refund decrease was $186 per taxpayer. In addition, the number of taxpayers filing returns so far has Continue reading

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Who Under Prepaid 2018 Taxes? IRS Tax Break?

Under Prepaid 2018 Taxes Happens for Many Reasons for an IRS Tax Break

It’s true, 2018 was an interesting year with tax reform going into affect. It is comforting to know there is the potential for an IRS tax break. And, there are many reasons for under prepaid 2018 taxes. The IRS requires taxpayers to pre-pay their taxes for any tax year. This is requirement is through payroll withholding, estimated tax payments or a combination of the two. Employees and retirees generally accomplish this through withholding. And, self-employed individuals and those with investment income by paying quarterly estimated payments. Continue reading

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Avoid IRS Penalties: 1099 Filing Date Moved Up This Year

Would you like to avoid IRS penalties in your business? Do you engage the services of an individual also known as an independent contractor? We mean, other than one who meets the definition of an employee. Did you pay him or her $600 or more for the calendar year? The IRS requires you to issue the sub-contractor a Form 1099-MISC to avoid penalties and the prospect of losing the deduction for the independent contractor’s labor and expenses in an audit? Continue reading

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Gambling With Healthcare Premiums?

Everyone likes to gamble, play the lottery or Bingo every once in a while. Even a recreational gambler, will come across that quirk in the tax law. What quirk you wonder? That glitch that can actually cause you to pay more for your health insurance if you have gambling winnings. Yes, even if the overall result from gambling for the year is actually a loss. How on earth can this be, you wonder?  Continue reading

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Year-End Tax Strategy: Do You Have One?

Year-End is Just Around the Corner, Do You Have a Year-End Tax Strategy?

Do you have a year-end tax strategy? Year-end and the holidays are just around the corner. It is time to think about what you can do at the last-minute to improve your tax situation. Year-end tax planning is probably something you will want to deal with before the holiday season crush. Here are some tax tips and a year-end tax strategy to help you. Continue reading

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Seniors With Medical Deductions Beware, Affordable Care Act Will Trump Them!

Seniors With Medical Deductions

One example of itemizing deductions includes the cost of medical and dental expenses. For seniors with medical deductions, these include health insurance premiums. In the past, the medical expense deduction had a limit to the amount that exceeds 7.5% of a taxpayer’s adjusted gross income (AGI). I know this is not the most exciting subject; yet, is important that you pay attention to this change. Continue reading

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Surviving Spouse Estate Tax Exclusion

What is an Estate Tax?

The estate tax is a tax on the transfer of property after a person dies. It consists of an account of everything the decedent owned or had interest in on the date of death. This includes cash and securities, real estate, insurance, trusts, annuities, business interests, and other assets. The tax is based on the fair market value of these assets (less certain exclusions). This is generally as of the day the decedent died. Continue reading

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Employment Lawsuit Won?

So you won an employment lawsuit. What does that mean for your tax return come April? How do the tax laws relate to the tax on money settlements and damage awards? Employment legal actions are complex and can sometimes seem unfair. The following factors help to determine the actual taxation of the award: Continue reading

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Stock Options and the 101% “Tax”

Do Stock Options Make You Feel Taxed?

Did you ever get the feeling you paid too much in taxes? Probably every paycheck, right? Did you exercise stock options or restricted stock last year? Exercise meaning, you bought the issuer’s common stock at the grant price or the price set by the option. This purchase was regardless of the stock’s price at the time you purchased the option. If so, then you should read the rest of this blog post. Continue reading

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