Taxpayers should file their tax return by the deadline even if they cannot pay their full tax bill. Taxpayers who owe tax and don’t file on time, maybe charged a failure-to-file penalty. This penalty is usually five percent of the tax owed for each month, or part of a month that the tax return is… Read More

September 10, 2021 Employees Who Work for Tips – If you received $20 or more in tips during August, report them to your employer. You can use Form 4070. September 15, 2021 Individuals – Make a payment of your 2021 estimated tax if you are not paying your income tax for the year through withholding (or will… Read More

Higher Taxes May Be In Your Future Here’s what to think about now. There’s little question the tides are moving towards a higher tax environment with multiple trillion dollar spending bills, a new administration, and deficits as far as the eye can see. Instead of feeling helpless, here is a quick look at what might… Read More

Year-round tax planning is for everyone. An important part of that is recordkeeping. Gathering tax documents throughout the year and having an organized recordkeeping system can make it easier when it comes to filing a tax return or understanding a letter from the IRS. Good records help: Identify sources of income. Taxpayers may receive money or property… Read More

Taxpayers receiving Social Security benefits may have to pay federal income tax on a portion of those benefits. Social Security benefits include monthly retirement, survivor, and disability benefits. They don’t include supplemental security income payments, which aren’t taxable. The portion of benefits that are taxable depends on the taxpayer’s income and filing status. To find… Read More

Tax filing time is an ideal time to review your financial affairs. You have to gather information to prepare your tax return at this time. Why not take one more step and do something positive for your financial well-being? The following suggestions will get you started on your financial review: Hold a discussion with your… Read More

Tax credits are one of the most powerful ways to lower your income taxes. A tax credit reduces your tax bill dollar for dollar. A tax deduction, on the other hand, only reduces your taxable income, so your benefit is determined by your tax bracket. For example, a tax deduction of $1,000 will lower your tax… Read More

The Roth IRA has been widely discussed and analyzed. One of the most challenging questions this retirement vehicle brings up is whether or not you should convert your existing IRA to a Roth IRA. How the Roth IRA works: You’re allowed to contribute up to $5,500 to a Roth IRA in 2018 ($6,000 in 2019)… Read More

Out of sight, out of mind. When it comes to old tax returns, that’s an approach many people like to follow. But before you completely forget about your old tax forms, you may wish to consider filing an amended return. Why file an amended return? If you made a mistake on a prior-year tax return,… Read More

                        Your home. Your office. Are they one and the same? If so, you may be able to take a home-office deduction that can save income and self-employment taxes. The deduction gives you the opportunity to claim expenses related to the business use of… Read More