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Estates and Trusts: Guidance for Itemizing Deductions

Posted by Missy Dennis on Jun 30, 2020 8:12:00 AM

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) prohibits individual taxpayers from claiming miscellaneous itemized deductions for any taxable year beginning after December 31, 2017, and before January 1, 2026. However, proposed guidance has recently been issued clarifying that certain deductions of estates and non-grantor trusts are not miscellaneous itemized deductions and are allowable in figuring adjusted gross income, specifically:

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Topics: Personal Finance, Taxes, Managing Your Tax Liability, Tax Planning

Flexibility for Taxpayer Elections in Cafeteria Plans

Posted by Scott Farnes on Jun 24, 2020 8:06:00 AM

Temporary changes to Section 125 cafeteria plans due to the coronavirus pandemic allow flexibility for taxpayers participating in cafeteria plans. These changes include extending the claims period for health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) and dependent care assistance programs and allow taxpayers to make mid-year changes.

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Topics: Personal Finance

Facts About Capital Gains and Losses

Posted by Taylor Bennett on Jun 18, 2020 8:27:00 AM

When you sell a capital asset such as a home, household furnishings, and stocks and bonds held in a personal account, the difference between the amount you paid for the asset and its sales price is known as a capital gain or capital loss. Here are ten facts you should know about how gains and losses can affect your federal income tax return.

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Topics: Business Ownership, Personal Finance, Taxes, Rental Real Estate, Home Ownership

Facts About the Adoption Tax Credit

Posted by Taylor Bennett on Jun 2, 2020 7:55:00 AM

Parents who adopted or started the adoption process during 2019 may qualify for the adoption credit. Generally, the credit is allowable whether the adoption is domestic or foreign. However, the timing rules for claiming the credit for qualified adoption expenses differ, depending on the type of adoption.

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Topics: Personal Finance, Taxes, Tax Credit, Tax Return, Adoption

Tips for Deducting Medical and Dental Expenses

Posted by Taylor Bennett on May 21, 2020 8:08:00 AM

If you, your spouse, or dependents have significant medical or dental costs in 2019, you may be able to deduct those expenses when you file your tax return this year. Here are eight things you should know about medical and dental expenses and other benefits:

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Topics: Personal Finance, Taxes, Managing Your Tax Liability, Tax Deduction, Tax Return

Watch Out for Coronavirus Scams

Posted by Scott Farnes on Apr 28, 2020 7:56:00 AM

Taxpayers should be on the lookout for calls and email phishing attempts regarding the Coronavirus, or COVID-19 that could lead to tax-related fraud and identity theft. Because criminals take every opportunity to perpetrate a fraud on unsuspecting victims during times of need, taxpayers should also be skeptical about text messages received and websites and social media attempts to request money or personal information.

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Topics: Personal Finance, Tax Scam

Five Tips to Protect Against Identity Theft

Posted by Taylor Bennett on Apr 23, 2020 8:32:00 AM

Tax-related ID theft occurs when someone uses a taxpayer's stolen personal information to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. Thieves then use personal information like a stolen Social Security number. While the accounting profession and IRS work hard to prevent identity theft, taxpayers also play an important role.

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Topics: Personal Finance, Taxes, Record Keeping

High-deductible Plans Cover Costs for Coronavirus

Posted by Taylor Bennett on Apr 14, 2020 8:22:00 AM

You can use high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) to pay for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)-related testing and treatment, without jeopardizing their status and you may continue to contribute to a health savings account (HSA).

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Topics: Personal Finance

Reporting Tip Income: The Basics

Posted by Taylor Bennett on Mar 25, 2020 8:17:00 AM

The short answer is yes, tips are taxable. If you work at a hair salon, barbershop, casino, golf course, hotel, or restaurant, or drive a taxicab, then the tip income you receive as an employee from those services is taxable income. Here are a few other tips about tips:

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Topics: Taxable Income, Personal Finance, Taxes, Record Keeping, Tax Return, Tax Preparation

Home Equity Loan Interest Still Deductible

Posted by Missy Dennis on Mar 10, 2020 8:22:00 AM

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has resulted in questions from taxpayers about many tax provisions including whether interest paid on home equity loans is still deductible. The good news is that despite newly enacted restrictions on home mortgages, taxpayers can often still deduct interest on a home equity loan, home equity line of credit (HELOC) or second mortgage, regardless of how the loan is labeled.

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Topics: Personal Finance, Tax Deduction, Tax Return, Home Ownership

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