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Personal Protective Equipment Qualifies for Deduction

Posted on April 2nd, 2021

As a quick reminder, the purchase of personal protective equipment, such as masks, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes, for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of coronavirus are deductible medical expenses. Read More…

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Donating a Car To Charity as a Tax Write-Off — Special Rules

Posted on April 1st, 2021

If you donate a car to a qualified charitable organization and intend to claim a deduction, you should be aware of the special rules that apply to vehicle donations. Read More…

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Five Tax Tips for Older Americans

Posted on February 2nd, 2021

Everyone wants to save money on their taxes, and older Americans are no exception. If you’re age 50 or older, here are five tax tips that could help you do just that. Read More…

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Important Tax Changes for Individuals and Businesses

Posted on January 5th, 2021

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. Read More…

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Standard Mileage Rates for 2021

Posted on January 4th, 2021

Starting January 1, 2021, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup, or panel truck are as follows: Read More…

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Employee Business Expense Deductions: Who Qualifies?

Posted on January 1st, 2021

Prior to tax reform, an employee was able to deduct unreimbursed job expenses, along with certain other miscellaneous expenses, that was more than two percent of adjusted gross income (AGI) as long as they itemized instead of taking the standard deduction. Starting in 2018, however, most taxpayers can no longer claim unreimbursed employee expenses as miscellaneous itemized deductions unless they are a qualified employee or an eligible educator. Read More…

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Business Tax Provisions: The Year in Review

Posted on December 6th, 2020

Here’s what business owners need to know about tax changes for 2020.

Standard Mileage Rates
The standard mileage rate in 2020 is 57.5 cents per business mile driven.

Health Care Tax Credit for Small Businesses
Small business employers who pay at least half the premiums for single health insurance coverage for their employees may be eligible for the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit as long as they employ fewer than the equivalent of 25 full-time workers and average annual wages do not exceed $50,000 (adjusted annually for inflation). This amount is $55,200 for 2020 returns. Read More…

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Individual Taxpayers: Year-End Tax Planning Strategies

Posted on November 4th, 2020

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. Read More…

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The Home Office Deduction

Posted on September 6th, 2020

With more people working from home than ever before, taxpayers may be wondering if they can claim a home office deduction when they file their 2020 tax return next year. The short answer is that self-employed taxpayers who use their home for business may be able to deduct expenses for the business use of it whether they rent or own their home. If you are an employee, however, you are not eligible to take the home office deduction – even if you are working remotely in your home office. Read More…

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RIC Shareholder Dividends Qualify as Section 199A

Posted on August 4th, 2020

Section 199A, enacted as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), allows individual taxpayers and certain trusts and estates to deduct up to 20 percent of certain income (section 199A deduction). It is available to eligible taxpayers with qualified business income (QBI) from qualified trades or businesses operated as sole proprietorships or through partnerships, S corporations, trusts, or estates, as well as for qualified REIT dividends and income from publicly traded partnerships. The deduction is not available for C corporations. Read More…

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Tax Breaks for Teachers and Educators

Posted on August 1st, 2020

While many schools are switching to hybrid or remote learning models, teachers and other educators should remember that they can still deduct certain unreimbursed expenses such as classroom supplies, training, and travel. Deducting these expenses helps reduce the amount of tax owed when filing a tax return.

To qualify for the deduction, the taxpayer must be a kindergarten through grade 12 teacher, instructor, counselor, principal, or aide. They must also work at least 900 hours a school year in a school that provides elementary or secondary education as determined under state law. Read More…

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Estates and Trusts: Guidance for Itemizing Deductions

Posted on June 1st, 2020

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: Read More…

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COVID-19 Tax News

Self-Employment COVID-19 Relief and Tax Benefits

Posted on May 6th, 2020

If you are in business for yourself—say, as a corporation or self-employed—payroll taxes and self-employment taxes are likely two of your biggest tax burdens.

Here’s some possible good news: Congress decided to give you significant relief from these taxes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll tell you what relief options are available and whether or not you qualify. Read More…

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Deductions wile working from home

What Expenses Can I Write Off Working From Home During the Pandemic?

Posted on May 2nd, 2020

Robert Russo’s interview in The Daily Beast

A guide to defraying rent and utilities when your office is also your abode.

It’s the question on every sweatpants-clad telecommuter’s mind, right after What should I have for lunch? and Will I get laid off soon?

Can people lucky enough to have jobs but stuck working at home during the pandemic catch a break on rent and utilities for what now amounts to their office? Read More…

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Home Equity Loan Interest Still Deductible

Posted on March 5th, 2020

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. Read More…

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