Tax Benefits of Health Savings Accounts

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While similar to FSAs (Flexible Savings Plans) in that both allow pre-tax contributions, Health Savings Accounts or HSAs offer taxpayers several additional tax benefits such as contributions that roll over from year to year (i.e., no “use it or lose it”), tax-free interest on earnings, and when used for qualified medical expenses, tax-free distributions. What is a Health Savings Account? A Health Savings Account is a type of savings account that allows you to set aside money pre-tax to pay … Read More

2018 Year-End Tax Planning for Businesses

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There are a number of end of year tax planning strategies that businesses can use to reduce their tax burden for 2018. Here are a few of them: Deferring Income Businesses using the cash method of accounting can defer income into 2019 by delaying end-of-year invoices, so payment is not received until 2019. Businesses using the accrual method can defer income by postponing delivery of goods or services until January 2019. Purchase New Business Equipment Section 179 Expensing.┬áBusiness should take … Read More

2018 Year-End Tax Planning for Individuals

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Once again, tax planning for the year ahead presents a number of challenges, this year, primarily due to tax laws changes brought about the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2018. These changes include the nearly doubling of the standard deduction, elimination of personal exemptions, and numerous itemized deductions reduced or eliminated. Let’s take a closer look.

Tax Breaks for Businesses Hiring New Employees

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If you’re thinking about hiring new employees this this year you won’t want to miss out on tax breaks available to businesses with employees. 1. Payroll Tax Deduction for Startups As part of the Research & Development Tax Credit, for tax years 2016 and beyond, startup businesses (C-corps and S-corps) with little to no revenue that qualify for the research and development tax credit can apply the credit against employer-paid Social Security taxes instead of income tax owed. Sole proprietorships, … Read More

Saving for Education: 529 Plans

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Many parents are looking for ways to save for their child’s education and a 529 Plan is an excellent way to do so. Even better, is that thanks to the passage of tax reform legislation in 2017, 529 plans are now available to parents wishing to save for their child’s K-12 education as well as college or vocational school. You may open a Section 529 plan in any state, and there are no income restrictions for the individual opening the … Read More

5 Easy Ways to Lower your Self-Employment Tax Bill

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If you're like most small business owners, you're always looking for ways to lower your self-employment taxable income. Here are five ways to do just that. Deducting the Cost of a Home Computer If you purchased a computer and use it for work-related purposes, you can take advantage of the Section 179 expense election, which allows you to write off new equipment in the year it was purchased if it is used for business more than 50 percent of the ... Read More

Using a Car for Business: New Rules under TCJA

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Many of the tax provisions under tax reform were favorable to small business owners including those relating to using a car for business. Here’s what you need to know. 1. Section 179 Expense Deduction If you bought a new car in 2018 and use it more 50 percent for business use, you can take advantage of the Section 179 expense deduction when you file your 2018 tax return. Under Section 179 you can immediately deduct (rather than depreciating) the cost … Read More

Tax Tips for Separated or Divorced Individuals

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If you are recently separated or divorced, taxes may be the last thing on your mind; however, these events can have a big impact on your wallet at tax time. Alimony, or a name or address change, are just a few items you may need to consider. Here are a few key tax tips to keep in mind: 1. Child Support. Child support payments are not deductible and if you received child support, it is not taxable. 2. Alimony Paid. … Read More

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