Most private sector employers, for better or worse, put you in the driver's seat when it comes to saving for retirement. If you're a genuinely savvy and diligent investor, you might prefer the flexibility of rolling over your accumulated retirement savings into an IRA. This choice assumes, however, that your next employer's 401(k) plan allows you to move money into it from another 401(k) … [Read more...] about Changing Jobs? What Will Become of Your 401(k) Balance?
You may be thinking about refinancing this year to take advantage of falling interest rates. Or you may have refinanced your home mortgage last year and have yet to file your 2018 return (because you filed an extension). Either way, there are important federal income tax implications. Here's what you need to know. Deductions for Home Mortgage Interest For federal income tax … [Read more...] about Tax Implications of Refinancing Your Home
For most small businesses, having a website is a necessity. But what's the proper tax treatment of the costs to develop a website? Unfortunately, the IRS hasn't yet released any official guidance on these costs. Therefore, you must extend the existing guidance on other subjects to the issue of website development costs. Depreciable Fixed Assets The cost of hardware needed to … [Read more...] about To Capitalize or Expense: How to Treat Website Costs for Tax Purposes
If you pay over half the cost of supporting a parent, he or she is considered your dependent for federal income tax purposes — which may qualify you to some significant tax breaks. Here are the details. New Credit for a Dependent Parent For 2018 through 2025, your dependent parent may qualify you for a new $500 tax credit under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The credit is … [Read more...] about Claiming Your Parent as a Dependent
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) imposes a new limitation on deductions for business interest expense. The IRS recently issued guidance in the form of proposed regulations. The business interest expense limitation is a permanent change for tax years that began in 2018. Thankfully, many businesses are unaffected. Here's what you need to know. Prior Law Before the TCJA, some corporations were … [Read more...] about Update on the New Business Interest Expense Limitation
For many couples, summer is the quintessential time to tie the knot. The weather is warm, the flowers are blooming and nature offers plentiful backdrops for photos. But there's more than the ceremony to consider when a couple merges their lives, including taxes and other financial issues. Though finances aren't necessarily a romantic topic, some issues are important to address before you … [Read more...] about Summer Loving? Think About Taxes Before You Tie the Knot
If your small business is unincorporated, you may be fed up with paying the federal self-employment (SE) tax. This tax is how the federal government collects Social Security and Medicare taxes from self-employed individuals. However, you may be able to lower your exposure to these taxes if you structure your business as a subchapter S corporation for federal tax purposes. Here are the … [Read more...] about How Can Small Business Owners Reduce Social Security and Medicare Taxes?
Warm weather and rainy days bring the urge to purge. But before you clean your file cabinets or declutter your computer files, it's important to review these guidelines. Federal Tax Records It's a good idea to keep records that supportitems shown on your individual tax return until the statute of limitations runs out — generally, three years from the due date of the return or the … [Read more...] about Records Retention Guidelines to Remember During Spring Cleaning
Are you considering buying a new plug-in electric vehicle or a plug-in electric-gas hybrid vehicle? There is good and bad news about the tax credits and other cost-saving benefits available on these vehicles. The good news is that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act didn't eliminate the federal income tax credit for purchasing plug-in electric vehicles. But the bad news is that credits for … [Read more...] about Electric Vehicle Tax Credit: You Can Still Save Greenbacks for Going Green
Tips on Lowering Your Taxes 1. Choose to Deduct State and Local Sales Taxes If you live in a jurisdiction with low or no personal income tax or you owe little or nothing to the state and local income tax collectors, you might consider deducting state sales taxes instead of state income taxes. However, this option only applies if you have enough itemized … [Read more...] about 5 Last-Minute Ideas to Lower Your 2018 Taxes