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Tax Savings can be found in the elections you make! Every year is an election year when it comes to making decisions on your annual income tax return. Here are four common examples that can create tax savings opportunities if you elect the correct option. 1. Tax...

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GREAT NEW OPTION TO REDUCE STUDENT LOAN DEBT

Newly passed tax laws could benefit many! Deep inside legislation passed in late 2019, is a provision that broadens the acceptable use of 529 college savings plan funds. Background 529 savings plans are available to set aside after-tax funds to pay for college and K...

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2020 Mileage Rates

Mileage rates for travel are now set for 2020. The standard business mileage rate decreases by 0.5 cents to 57.5 cents per mile. The medical and moving mileage rates also decreases by 3 cents to 17 cents per mile. Charitable mileage rates remain unchanged at 14 cents...

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Are you Missing a Tax Form? Not an excuse!

If you don’t receive a W-2 or 1099, is this a defense to protect yourself from not reporting the income during an audit? In short, the answer is no. You are required to report your income whether your employer or customer filed the correct form or not. So what can you...

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RECEIVE COPIES OF FRAUDULENT TAX RETURN?

WHAT DID THIEVES TRY TO STEAL? Tax identification theft is becoming all too common. Victims know how frustrating the experience can be. Thankfully, the IRS is willing to help. The frustration If you are a victim of IRS identity theft, your first instinct is to find...

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LAST MINUTE TAX-SAVINGS IDEAS

Actions you can take before time runs out! Here are five tax saving ideas that can be used by most taxpayers. But act soon, there's not much time left until our tax year comes to an end. 1. Make late-year charitable donations. Consider making donations with...

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IRS Expands ID Protection Program

The IRS is expanding a pilot program that uses Identity Protection Personal Information Numbers (IP PINs) to provide an extra layer of security for taxpayers. The program can be used by residents of the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, California, Delaware,...

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Tax Breaks for Adult Students

These Benefits are not just for kids! Kids aren’t the only ones heading back to school this fall. Many adults are also taking courses to pursue a new career or improve their current job skills. Fortunately, there are several tax breaks for adult students. Here are...

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How To Maximize Deductions for Assisted Living

It's possible that someone in your family will need assisted living care at some point in their life. This care can be at an assisted living facility, a nursing home, or in their own home. Often, assisted living care is expensive and not fully reimbursable by typical...

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A Smarter College Housing Option

Does your child, grandchild, or someone else you know need a place to live while attending college? Instead of renting a dorm or apartment, buying a condo or small house might make more sense. This can save money and provide tax breaks, but you need to do the math and...

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Avoid the Pitfalls of Selling Property to Family

Suppose you own property you intend to transfer to your loved ones. Perhaps you are considering giving your children an ownership interest in your principal residence. Before you act, you should review the tax consequences of your decision. Specifically, tax law...

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IRS ALERT: Two New Tax Scams!

The IRS remains on the lookout for tax scams that can blindside unsuspecting taxpayers.  Now two variations of past scams are currently making the rounds.  Here’s what you need to know: The New Scams The SSN hustle.  This scam resembles another where...

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Don’t Fall for These 5 Audit Myths

When it comes to the perception of the IRS audits, conjecture reigns supreme.  The combination of the complex tax code and a government agency with the full authority to enforce it leads to some pretty wild ideas.  Separating truth from fiction is an...

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4 Awesome Summertime Tax Saving Tips

Summer is usually the time for relaxing, but it can also be a time for tax savings, especially if you’re still reeling from an unexpectedly large tax bill in April.  Here are four timely tips: Rent your home.  If you rent out your main home or a vacation...

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Replacing Lost Tax Breaks for Your Growing Children

Your kids are getting older.  Before you know it they’ll be dating, driving and entering college (if they aren’t already).  Tax breaks drop dramatically as your children grow up, but you may be able to offset the losses with some timely tax planning. ...

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3 Great Charitable Deduction Ideas

Despite what you may have heard from friends or family, you can still claim generous tax benefits for charitable contributions.  Here are three prime examples of charitable tax breaks ripe for the picking if you know where to look:  Qualified charitable...

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How to Maximize Your Social Security

You can begin receiving your Social Security retirement benefit as early as age 62.  But by putting off your benefit start date, you can receive a check that is 8% higher for each year you delay receiving your benefit. The Basics – Full retirement age. ...

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The $500,000 Homeowner Tax Break

There is a large tax break that allows you to exclude up to $250,000 ($500,000 married) in capital gains on the sale of your personal residence.  But making the assumption that this gain exclusion will always keep you safe from tax can be a big mistake. ...

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