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
Are you confused about the federal income tax rates on capital gains and dividends under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA)? If so, you're not alone. Here's what you should know if you plan to sell long-term investments or expect to receive dividend payments from your investments. Old Rules Prior to the TCJA, individual taxpayers faced three federal income tax rates on long-term capital … [Read more...] about Capital Gains Rates Before and After the New Tax Law
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) changes the rules for deducting interest on home loans. Most homeowners will be unaffected because favorable grandfather provisions will keep the prior-law rules for home acquisition debt in place for them. Old Rules for Mortgage Interest Deductions Prior to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), you could deduct interest on up to $1 million of home … [Read more...] about FAQs about Deducting Home Loan Interest under the New Tax Law