Posts Tagged ‘Itemize Deductions’


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 to Pay Estimated Income Taxes and Avoid IRS Penalties

Taxpayers must pay their taxes "as they go."  For many taxpayers, their income taxes are withheld from their paychecks.  For taxpayers that don't have any withholding, they will need to make estimated tax payments.


3 Reasons a Married Couple Should Consider Filing Separate Income Tax Returns

Most married couples file their income tax returns jointly.  However, married couples have an option—they can file married filing jointly or married filing separately.  Married couples can change their filing status from year to year.  The only requirement is that they be married, which is determined on the last day of the year.


Health Care Reform: Tax Changes for Individuals

The health-care reform legislation that was recently signed into law contains a number of tax changes. Some of these changes take effect immediately; others won’t have an impact for a few years. Here’s a year-by-year breakdown of some of the changes worth taking note of.


Give….and Receive!

Taxpayers over age 70-1/2 with an IRA have a year-end tax planning opportunity.