Tax and Personal Finance Tips for New Parents

Expanding your family? Whether you’re in the planning stages or your bundle of joy has already arrived, raising a child is one of life’s greatest joys — and biggest expenses. And we’re not just talking about the costs of college. From diapers to daycare, from braces to bicycles, parents are often shocked by the constant…

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Will Your Planned Retirement Income Be Enough after Taxes?

Article Highlights: States With No Income Tax Social Security Benefits Roth IRA Retirement Account Traditional IRA Retirement Account Spousal IRA Back-Door Roth IRA Saver’s Credit Employer Pensions Employee Funded Retirement Plans Health Savings Accounts Brokerage Accounts Municipal Bonds Investments Home Equity & Gain Exclusion Reverse Mortgage Whole Life Insurance Cash Value   That is an…

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Forms W-2 and 1099-NEC: Deadlines, Extensions, and Penalties

Businesses that hire employees and non-employee contract workers must give them end-of-year tax information, with W-2 forms going to employees and 1099-NEC forms to non-employees. This information also must be filed with the appropriate federal agencies. This article gives you information on the deadlines for these forms, what to do if you need an extension,…

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What Is IRS Form 1096?

IRS Form 1096 is a summary and transmittal tax form that gives the IRS information on the Forms 1097, 1098, 1099, 3921, 3922, 5498, or W-2G your company sent out to other recipients. Your business needs to use it only when you submit those forms to the IRS in a paper format. When and How…

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Inheritances Enjoy a Special Tax Benefit

Article Highlights: Stepped-Up Basis Inherited Basis Inheritance Basis Example Step Down Basis Long-Term Capital Gains Tax Rates Jointly Owned Property Gifting Prior to Death You may hear people use the term “Stepped-Up Basis” that many believe is a tax provision that allows beneficiaries of an inheritance to reduce or even avoid taxes when and if…

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Student Loan Debt: Paying and Avoiding It, Plus Tax Benefits

Article Highlights: Tax Advantaged Repayment of Student Loans Employer Provided Educational Assistance Qualified Tuition Programs The Deductibility of Student Loan Interest Student Loans Forgiven in 2021 through 2025 Avoiding Student Loan Debt Section 529 Plans Coverdell Education Savings Account Education Tax Credits The American Opportunity Credit The Lifetime Learning Credit Despite recent rounds of forgiveness…

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Tax Benefits for Child Daycare Providers and Users

Article Highlights: Daycare Providers Simplified Food Deduction Special Rules for Business Use of the Provider’s Home Home Sale Consequences Other Expenses Other Daycare Provider Issues Daycare User Credit Employer Dependent Care Benefits Other Credit Criteria Special tax benefits are available for those providing daycare services for children and the parents who pay for those services.…

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Does Your Business Need to File Forms 1099-NEC or 1099-MISC?

Article Highlights: 1099-NEC Filing Requirements Independent Contractor Filing Threshold Form W-9 Form 1099-MISC If you use independent contractors to perform services for your business, for each one that you pay $600 or more for the year, you are required to issue the worker and the IRS a Form 1099-NEC no later than January 31, 2022,…

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New Payroll Tax in Washington State (earn over $300,000 a year?)

Do you work at Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, F5 Networks, or any of the other large tech employers in Washington State? Do you earn over $300,000 a year? If so, read this! Washington State passed a new tax on employees to fund the first public-operated, long-term care (LTC) insurance program. Effective January 1, 2022, Washingtonians who…

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