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Alimony in the Spotlight

Alimony is deductible by the person making the payments.  The receiving ex-spouse must report alimony as income on his or her tax return. Unfortunately, in a recent Treasury Department audit of tax returns, 47% of those that claimed to pay alimony did not have a matching tax return from someone that added the payment back […]

You May Now Need to File

With new tax laws beginning in 2014, a number of taxpayers who were not traditionally required to file a tax return may now need to do so.  Here are three new situations in 2014 that may require you to file a tax return. You have no medical insurance.  Beginning in 2014, if you are not […]

The Top 10 Reasons to Contact Your EA

Minimizing your taxes requires a year round effort. The following events will have an impact on your tax liability. In most cases, proper tax planning can minimize any negative tax consequences. Whenever a situation on this list occurs, call your EA.   Buying, selling or exchanging any real property (land or building), including converting your […]

Mid-Year Tax Planning – 2014

Tax Season 2014 has come and gone and now it’s time to think about tax planning for tax year 2014. Items which could impact your 2014 taxes include certain life events and expired tax provisions. Certain Life Events Have you recently had a birth, adoption or death in your family? Have you gotten married, divorced, […]

Time to Start Organizing Your Deductions

A deduction is an expenditure that will reduce your taxable income. There are two kinds of deductions: adjustments to income and itemized deductions. The adjustments to income are the better of the two, as they reduce adjusted gross income, or “AGI.” Itemized deductions reduce your taxable income. First, we will look at some adjustments to […]

Five Easy Ways to Spot a Scam Phone Call

The IRS continues to warn the public to be alert for telephone scams and offers five tell-tale warning signs to tip you off if you get such a call. These callers claim to be with the IRS. The scammers often demand money to pay taxes. Some may try to con you by saying that you’re […]

A new way to make payments to the IRS

Here is a link that allows you to make a payment on an IRS tax bill or estimated tax payments against a future liability that does not require you to register or pay a fee.  This is a great step for the IRS who had previously used a third party provider that cost the taxpayer […]

Five Basic Tax Tips about Hobbies

Millions of people enjoy hobbies that are also a source of income. Some examples include stamp and coin collecting, craft making, and horsemanship. You must report on your tax return the income you earn from a hobby. The rules for how you report the income and expenses depend on whether the activity is a hobby […]

Vacation Home Rentals

If you rent a home to others, you usually must report the rental income on your tax return. But you may not have to report the income if the rental period is short and you also use the property as your home. In most cases, you can deduct the costs of renting your property. However, […]

Job Hunting Expenses

Many people change their job in the summer. If you look for a new job in the same line of work, you may be able to deduct some of your job hunting costs. Here are some key tax facts you should know about if you search for a new job: Same Occupation.  Your expenses must […]