Business tax planning gets more important as the sun begins to set on 2015. While the fate of several business-related tax extenders that expired at the end of 2014 is uncertain, there are still year-end business tax planning strategies to reduce the tax burden for 2015.
This was posted to a CPA mailing list we follow: The IRS scammers were in full force last week in our small corner of the universe. By noon on Thursday, they had called my house twice, I had 6 calls to the office with scared clients, and the 911 operators received 25 calls from very worried people. That afternoon I had more anxious callers. Yesterday, at church, I had a line of folks asking me if they should come to … Read More
You should always keep a copy of your tax return for your records. You may need copies of your filed tax returns for many reasons. For example, they can help you prepare future tax returns. You’ll also need them if you have to amend a prior year tax return. You often need them when you apply for a loan to buy a home or to start a business. You may need them if you apply for student financial aid. If … Read More
Income tax may be the last thing on your mind after a divorce or separation, but these events can have an impact on your taxes. Alimony and a name change are just two of the items you may need to consider. Here are some key tax tips to keep in mind if you get divorced or separated. Child Support. If you pay child support, you can’t deduct it on your tax return. If you receive child support, the amount you … Read More
Many tax benefits are available to help you pay higher education costs, whether for your children or yourself. Let’s take a look at what’s available and how you can take advantage of these benefits to ease the financial burden of paying for education. Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (Section 530 Programs) Starting in 2013, you can contribute up to $2,000 to a Coverdell Education Savings account (a Section 530 program formerly known as an Education IRA) for a child under 18. … Read More
Lending money to a cash-strapped friend or family member is a noble and generous offer that just might make a difference. But before you hand over the cash, you need to plan ahead to avoid tax complications down the road. Let’s say you decide to loan $5,000 to your daughter who’s been out of work for over a year and is having difficulty keeping up with the mortgage payments on her condo. While you may be tempted to charge an … Read More
When you start a business, a key to your success is to know your tax obligations. You may not only need to know about income tax rules but also about payroll tax rules. Here are five tax tips that can help you get your business off to a good start. 1. Business Structure. An early choice you need to make is to decide on the type of structure for your business. The most common types are sole proprietor, partnership and … Read More
Generally, debt that is forgiven or canceled by a lender is considered taxable income by the IRS and must be included as income on your tax return. Examples include a debt for which you are personally liable such as mortgage debt, credit card debt, and in some instances, student loan debt. When that debt is forgiven, negotiated down (when you pay less than you owe), or canceled you will receive Form 1099-C, Cancellation of Debt, from your financial institution or … Read More