A recent spending package signed into law by President Trump on December 20 retroactively resurrects and/or extends several key tax breaks through 2020. It also provides tax relief for victims of federally declared disasters. Here are ten breaks that can benefit eligible individuals. 1. Reduced Threshold for Medical Expense Deductions The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) set the … [Read more...] about New Tax Law Provides 10 Key Breaks for Individual Taxpayers
First-year bonus depreciation has been around for a while now. However, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) set forth more-generous, but temporary, rules for 2018 through 2026. Recent IRS guidance gives you additional flexibility to fine-tune the bonus depreciation break to suit your specific business and personal tax circumstances. Here's what you need to know. Old Rules, New Rules Under … [Read more...] about Bonus Depreciation for Your Business: Let’s Review Your Options
Job applicants look at more than just wages when evaluating potential employers. They consider the whole compensation package, including fringe benefits and perks. These add-ons enable employers to cast a wider net in the job market, helping them attract and retain top-quality workers. Unfortunately, tax breaks for some fringe benefits were eliminated or suspended by the … [Read more...] about 14 Tax-Favored Fringe Benefits: What’s the Right Mix for Your Business?
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
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
Itemize or Standard Deductions? Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), fewer people will be itemizing deductions — and more will be claiming the standard deduction — for the 2018 through 2025 tax years. Why? First, the TCJA almost doubled the standard deduction amounts: STANDARD DEDUCTIONS 2018 2019Single filers and married people whofile separately $12,000$12,200Heads of … [Read more...] about Itemizing vs. Taking the Standard Deduction
Taking steps to defer your individual federal income tax bill is often a good idea. If you expect to be in the same tax bracket in future years, lowering this year's taxable income will postpone your tax bill and give you extra cash to work with until the bill comes due. If your tax rates turn out to be lower in future years, deferring taxable income into those future … [Read more...] about Can You Have Too Much Tax Deferral?
The countdown to year end has begun. Have you positioned yourself to minimize your 2018 tax bill? The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) made sweeping changes to the federal tax laws that will affect virtually all individual taxpayers — and most of those changes went into effect for this tax year. Here are four tried-and-true tax planning strategies, tweaked to account for the TCJA. 1. … [Read more...] about 4 Year-End Strategies to Lower Your Personal Tax Bill
Unfortunately, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) retains the individual Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). But there's a silver lining: The AMT rules now reduce the odds that you'll owe the AMT for 2018 through 2025. Plus, even if you're still in the AMT zone, you'll probably owe less AMT than you did under the old rules. Why the AMT Hits Upper-Middle-Income Taxpayers Under prior law, many … [Read more...] about New Law Eases the Individual Alternative Minimum Tax
Federal income tax rates for C corporations have been reduced to a flat 21%, starting in 2018 under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). But what about pass-through businesses? Calculating the QBI Deduction:It's All Relative To illustrate how the qualified business income (QBI) deduction works, let's suppose you and your spouse file a joint tax return for 2018, reporting taxable income … [Read more...] about New Law Gives Eligible Pass-Through Businesses a Special Tax Break