Posts Tagged ‘Income Taxes’


5 Reasons Taxpayers over Age 70 1/2 Should Make a Charitable Donation From Their IRA

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) almost doubled the Standard Deduction. Beginning in 2018, Single filers can claim $12,000, Head of Household $18,000 and Married Filing Jointly $24,000. Additionally, the maximum amount that can be deducted for state and local income tax is $10,000.  Before this change, it was estimated that about 30% of taxpayers itemized their deductions. After this change it is estimated that about only 10% of taxpayers will itemize their deductions.

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How (and When) to File an Income Tax Extension

Due Date

The federal income tax returns are normally due on April 15th. This year, the 15th falls on a Sunday, so the due date should be Monday the 15th. However, Monday the 16th is Emancipation Day so the due date is Tuesday 17th. Some people aren’t prepared to file. Others may be waiting for Form K-1’s from their investments. Either way, if the return is not filed on time, an extension will need to be filed.

Federal Extension

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2 Simple Questions That Taxpayers Will Need to Answer Carefully This Year

Do you file a Schedule C, Profit or Loss From Business or Schedule E, Supplemental Income or Loss (From Real Estate or Partnerships)? If so, you will notice there are 2 simple questions that have been added to these forms. They are:

“Did you make any payments that would require you to file Form(s) 1099?”

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Payroll Tax Cut Temporarily Extended into 2012

Congress recently passed and the President signed the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011.This act temporarily extends the two percentage point payroll tax cut for employees by continuing the reduction of their Social Security tax withholding rate from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent of wages paid through February 29, 2012.


4 Ways to Help Your CPA and Reduce Your Taxes

Here are 4 ways to Help Your CPA and Reduce Your Taxes:

1) Have a Year End Planning Meeting with Your CPA

This meeting can be in person or over the phone, it really doesn’t matter.  The only thing that matters is that it happens.  Most individual income taxpayers are on the cash basis.  This means, with some limited exceptions, for a taxpayer to take advantage of a tax strategy, it needs to happen in that tax year. … Continue reading »