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Investing in Opportunity Zones: The Facts

Posted by Missy Dennis on Nov 24, 2020 8:11:00 AM

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act included numerous changes for businesses and individuals. One of these was the creation of the Opportunity Zones tax incentive, the purpose of which is to spur economic development and job creation in distressed communities by providing tax benefits to investors.

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Topics: Business Ownership, Taxes, Tax Return, Tax Planning

Year-End Tax Planning Strategies for Business Owners

Posted by Missy Dennis on Nov 18, 2020 8:09:00 AM

Several end-of-year tax planning strategies are available to business owners that can be used to reduce their tax liability. Let's take a look:

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Topics: Business Ownership, Taxes, Small Business, Tax Planning

Individual Taxpayers: Year-End Tax Planning Strategies

Posted by Missy Dennis on Nov 10, 2020 8:08:00 AM

With the end of the year fast approaching, now is the time to take a closer look at tax planning strategies you can use to minimize your tax burden for 2020.

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Topics: Taxable Income, Taxes, Managing Your Tax Liability, Tax Return, Tax Planning

Tax Preparation vs. Tax Planning

Posted by Scott Farnes on Nov 4, 2020 8:31:00 AM

Many people assume tax planning is the same as tax preparation, but the two are quite different. Let's take a closer look:

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Topics: Taxable Income, Business Ownership, Personal Finance, Taxes, Record Keeping, Managing Your Tax Liability, Tax Return, Tax Planning, Tax Preparation

Choosing a Retirement Destination: Tax Considerations

Posted by Scott Farnes on Oct 27, 2020 8:07:00 AM

With health care, housing, food, and transportation costs increasing every year, many retirees on fixed incomes wonder how they can stretch their dollars even further. One solution is to move to another state where income taxes are lower than the one in which they currently reside.

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Topics: Taxable Income, Personal Finance, Taxes, Retirement, Tax Planning, Financial Success

Tax Tips for Workers in the Gig Economy

Posted by Missy Dennis on Sep 29, 2020 8:01:00 AM

The gig economy, also called sharing or access economy, is defined by activities where taxpayers earn income providing on-demand work, services, or goods. This type of work is often carried out via digital platforms such as an app or website. There are many types of sharing economy businesses including two of the most popular ones: ride-sharing, Uber and Lyft, for example, home rentals such as Airbnb, and TaskRabbit.

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Topics: Taxable Income, Personal Finance, Taxes, Managing Your Tax Liability, Tax Return, Tax Planning

It's Never Too Early to Check Tax Withholding

Posted by Missy Dennis on Sep 28, 2020 2:09:48 PM

While it probably seem like tax season just ended, it is never too early to do a "Paycheck Checkup" to make sure the right amount of tax is withheld from earnings - and avoid a tax surprise next year when filing your 2020 tax return. As a reminder, because income taxes operate as a pay-as-you-go system, taxpayers are required by law to pay most of their tax as income is received.

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Topics: Taxable Income, Taxes, Tax Planning

Tax Considerations When Hiring Household Help

Posted by Scott Farnes on Sep 22, 2020 8:14:00 AM

If you employ someone to work for you around your house, it is important to consider the tax implications of this type of arrangement. While many people disregard the need to pay taxes on household employees, they do so at the risk of paying stiff tax penalties down the road.

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Topics: Taxes, Tax Planning

Important Tax Changes for Individuals and Businesses

Posted by Missy Dennis on Jan 9, 2020 8:05:00 AM

Every year, it's a sure bet that there will be changes to current tax law and this year is no different. From standard deductions to health savings accounts and tax rate schedules, here's a checklist of tax changes to help you plan the year ahead.

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Topics: Personal Finance, Taxes, Retirement, Managing Your Tax Liability, Tax Deduction, Tax Credit, Tax Return, Tax Planning, HSA, Tax Reform

Year-End Tax Planning Strategies for Businesses

Posted by Missy Dennis on Nov 11, 2019 8:02:00 AM

A number of end-of-year tax planning strategies are available to business owners that can be used to reduce their tax liability. Here are a few of them:

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Topics: Business Ownership, Taxes, Managing Your Tax Liability, Small Business, Tax Return, Tax Planning, Business Expenses