Posts Tagged ‘IRS’


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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Understanding the New 20% Pass-Through Income Tax Deduction

In December, 2017 President Trump signed the new tax bill.  This is known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).  What received a lot of attention in the media was the tax cuts for individuals. For Connecticut taxpayers, check out Four Easy Steps for CT Taxpayers to Plan for Their 2018 Income Tax.

Also, as part of the TCJA, for eligible entities, there is a new 20% Pass-Through Deduction, which is also known as a Section 199A deduction.  … Continue reading »


4 Easy Steps to File Your 2017 Forms 1099

 

 

1) Determine who should receive Form 1099

 

Business owners need to determine who should receive a Form 1099.  The Form 1099 will be issued to independent contractors and other parties. The IRS has rules to determine who is an employee and who is an independent contractor under the so-called Twenty Factor Test.  For Connecticut employers; they should also look at the Connecticut ABC Test.

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How Equifax’s Catastrophic Security Breach Could Affect YOU

Portions of this articles were drawn from Consumer.ftc.gov, Irs.gov and Equifax.com

The Equifax data breach exposed the information of nearly half the population of the United States. There is a greater than normal likelihood your data is now in hackers’ hands.  Unfortunately, in addition to long wait times when calling, another  problem in the Equifax dispute is that you have to check with the company to find out if your data was exposed, and that means providing them with even … Continue reading »


Changes to the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

College students need to complete the Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to qualify for any needed financial aid. Two new changes have taken affect for the new FAFSA process:

  • You can now submit the FAFSA form as early as Oct 1st., instead of the previous Jan 1 submission date.  This is not the deadline, but students who apply earlier tend to receive more aid.
  • Going forward, you can base your answers on your federal tax return from the … Continue reading »