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Make the Most of Your HSA

If you’re hoping to build retirement wealth in a health savings account (HSA), it helps to have a game plan. There’s a growing buzz and excitement around HSAs. HSAs have a triple tax advantage. Contributions are tax-deductible, typically grow tax-free, and can be withdrawn without incurring taxes as long as you use them for qualified […]

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Taxpayers Beware of Unsolicited Calls from the IRS

Taxpayers who get an unsolicited phone call from the IRS should be cautious – it’s probably a scam. These scammers will use your personal information to gain access to your bank or other accounts. When a scammer calls, it might be a recording or an actual person claiming to be from the IRS. Sometimes they […]

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Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts (TCJA) Overview

The TCJA passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump is a sweeping tax package. Below is an outline of some changes and the TCJA’s impact on individual and business tax filers. Individual Tax Change Highlights  Tax Brackets There are seven tax brackets: 10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35%, and 37%. Your income […]

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Tax Alert: TCJA New Tax Brackets

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump is a sweeping tax package. Many in the tax profession are calling its passage and enactment the greatest change to the tax code in over 30 years! One change that will affect everyone is the new tax brackets. […]

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College Tax Benefits

With the fall semester coming to a close, it’s important for parents and students to think about tax benefits that can help with college expenses. There are two college tax credits that can apply to students enrolled in an eligible college, university, or vocational school: the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit. […]

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Employers that hire Holiday Help: Understand the Health Care Law’s Rules Around Seasonal Workers

As an employer, your size – for purposes of the Affordable Care Act – is determined by the number of your employees. If you hire seasonal or holiday workers, you should know how these employees are counted under the health care law. Employer benefits, opportunities, and requirements are dependent upon your organization’s size and the applicable […]

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Tax Benefits for Educators

As teachers, administrators, and aides have kicked off the new school year, taxes may not be heavy on their minds just yet. However, knowing what to track throughout the school year can help reduce the burden at tax time. There are three key work-related tax benefits that may help educators reduce what they pay in taxes. […]

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5 Helpful Tips about Employee Business Expenses

Taxpayers who pay unreimbursed work-related expenses out of their own pocket may be able to deduct them, if certain criteria is met.  In general, the deduction for employee business expenses is part of a taxpayer’s itemized deduction shown on Schedule A of their personal tax return and is deductible to the extent that the expenses […]

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5 Things to Know to Avoid Surprises at Tax Time

The federal income tax is a pay-as-you-go system. Employers generally withhold tax from workers’ wages; however, taxpayers often have taxes withheld from certain other income including pensions, bonuses, commissions, and gambling winnings. Individuals who do not pay tax withholding, like the self-employed, as well as those who earn income such as dividends, interest, capital gains, […]

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Tips to Keep in Mind When Selling a Home

Homeowners may qualify to exclude from their income all or part of any gain from the sale of their main home. Here are some tips to keep in mind when selling your home:   Gain.  If there is a gain from the sale of the main home, the homeowner may be able to exclude up […]

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Tips on How to Reconstruct Records After a Hurricane

If you’re a victim of a natural disaster, you may need to reconstruct records to prove your losses for insurance purposes. Doing this may be essential for tax purposes, getting federal assistance, or insurance reimbursement. Here are 11 tips  to help you reconstruct your records: To establish the extent of the damage, you should take […]

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Tap into Cash & Defer the Tax-Installment Sales

When qualifying property is sold and payments are received in the year of sale, the installment sale method of accounting for the transaction is available. Under the installment method, a portion of a gain resulting from the sale is reported as each payment is received. Each payment will generally consist of three parts: gain on […]

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