2016 Year-End Tax Planning for Individuals

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Tax planning strategies for individuals this year include postponing income and accelerating deductions, as well as careful consideration of timing related investments, charitable gifts, and retirement planning. General tax planning strategies that taxpayers might consider include the following: Sell any investments on which you have a gain or loss this year. For more on this, see Investment Gains and Losses, below. If you anticipate an increase in taxable income in 2016 and are expecting a bonus at year-end, try to … Read More

Choosing the Right Business Entity

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When you decide to start a business, one of the most important decisions you’ll need to make is choosing the right business entity. It’s a decision that impacts many things–from the amount of taxes you pay to how much paperwork you have to deal with and what type of personal liability you face. Forms of Business The most common forms of business are Sole Proprietorships, Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), and Corporations (C-Corporations). Federal tax law also recognizes another business … Read More

Health Flexible Spending Arrangements in 2016

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Eligible employees should begin planning now to take full advantage of their employer's health flexible spending arrangement (FSA) during 2016. FSAs provide employees a way to use tax-free dollars to pay medical expenses not covered by other health plans. Because eligible employees need to decide how much to contribute through payroll deductions before the plan year begins, many employers this fall are offering their employees the option to participate during the 2016 plan year. Interested employees wishing to contribute during the ... Read More

2015 Year-End Business Tax Planning

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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.

Individual Tax Planning for 2015

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Tax planning strategies for individuals for 2015 include income and deductions timing, as well as careful consideration of timing related investments, charitable gifts, and retirement planning.

Tax Tips for Divorced or Separated Individuals

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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

Tax Benefits for Higher Education

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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

Tax Tips for Starting a Business

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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