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Congress Proposes Changing Retirement Law for First Time in a Decade

The Ways and Means Committee of the US House of Representatives has unanimously passed a bill called the SECURE Act.  The act contains some major changes to retirement tax law.  […]

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Capital Gains and Losses: The Tax Basics

A capital gain or loss occurs when an individual or business sell a “capital asset.” A capital gain occurs when the selling price of the asset is higher than the […]

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Are Meals Still Deductible Expenses?

In short, the answer is yes. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made changes to meals and entertainment deduction, however business meals are still deductible.  Entertainment expenses, other than meals, are […]

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New IRS Guidance on State and Local Taxes

The IRS will be addressing the deductibility of state and local tax payments for federal income tax purposes. It’s a reminder that federal law controls payments for federal income tax […]

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It’s Time to Check Your Withholding

The IRS is urging two-income families and folks who work multiple jobs to complete a paycheck checkup to verify that they’re withholding the right amount of tax from their paychecks. […]

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Charitable Giving Under the New Tax Law

The new tax law nearly doubles the standard deduction for individuals and families, simplifying the filing process for millions of Americans, but complicating giving strategies for many who have made […]

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Roth vs. Traditional IRA

There are two types of tax advantaged individual retirement accounts (IRAs): the Roth IRA and Traditional IRA.  Taxed advantaged IRAs allow you to put a certain amount of money away […]

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An Overview of the Earned Income Tax Credit

The EITC is a subsidy the federal government provides to those who work but earn very little. For 2018, the IRS has provided a table for income limits—numbers are up […]

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How to Hold Real Estate in Your IRA

Real estate can be a great investment, and many people don’t know they can also put property into their IRAs. However, they have to be careful: one small mistake and […]

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What is the Kiddie Tax and How Should You Address It?

The kiddie tax is a set of laws designed to stop parents from moving assets to their children to avoid paying taxes. It applies to unearned income — that is, […]

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What Does the IRS Require to Substantiate Charitable Contributions?

If you offer gifts or money to qualified organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions, you must do two things: Have a bank record or written communication from the charity […]

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Standard Mileage Rates for 2018 Are Up

The IRS has issued the 2018 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. […]

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