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Posts by Yuriy Akopyan

How to Clean Up QuickBooks for 2020

We know December is a busy month. However, take some time now to make sure QuickBooks is ready for 2020. Yes, it’s here again: the end of the year. You probably have a lengthy to-do list full of tasks that must be done before December 31. There’s one task—or rather, a series of tasks—that you…

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December 2019 Individual Due Dates

December 2 – Time for Year-End Tax Planning December is the month to take final actions that can affect your tax result for 2019. Taxpayers with substantial increases or decreases in income, changes in marital status or dependent status, and those who sold property during 2019 should call for a tax planning consultation appointment. December…

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Year-End Tips for Charitable Contributions

Article Highlights: Watch Out for Charity Scams Tax Exempt Organization Search Tool Tax Benefits of Charitable Contributions Bunching Deductions Qualified Charitable Distributions Substantiation As the end of the year and the holiday season approach, we will all see an uptick in the number of charitable solicitations arriving in our mailboxes and by email. Since some…

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Holiday Gifting with a Tax Twist

Article Highlights: Employee Gifts Gifts of College Tuition College Student Supplies Electric Car Credit Work Equipment Solar Electric Credit Charitable Gifts Some holiday gifts you provide to members of your family, employees, and others may also yield tax benefits. Here are some examples: Employee Gifts – It is common practice this time of year for…

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Take Tax Advantage of a Low-Income Year

Article Highlights: Exercise Stock Options Convert a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA Maximize IRA Distributions Sell Appreciated Stock Delay Business Expenditures Release Dependency Delay Personal Deductible Expenditures People generally assume that tax planning only applies to individuals with the big bucks. But think again, as some tax moves benefit lower-income taxpayers and those who…

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November 2019 Individual and Business Tax Due Dates

November 2019 Individual Due Dates November 12 – Report Tips to Employer If you are an employee who works for tips and received more than $20 in tips during October, you are required to report them to your employer on IRS Form 4070 no later than November 12. Your employer is required to withhold FICA…

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What Is the Statute of Limitations on Unpaid Taxes?

If you have unpaid taxes that you haven’t yet been making payments toward, it might make you fearful that the IRS will come a-knocking one day to collect on what you owe. Tax debt can quickly snowball from interest, penalties, late fees, and the amount of the taxes due. However, a lot of the scaremongering surrounding the…

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Employer-Offered Benefits That Can Save You Money and Taxes

Article Highlights: Health Insurance Retirement Plans Qualified Transportation Fringe Benefits Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) Group Term Life Insurance Qualified Employee Discounts Employer-Provided Education Assistance Adoption Expenses Child and Dependent Care Benefits Health Savings Accounts Tax law includes a number of tax- and financially favored benefits that employers can offer or provide to their employees. This…

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3 Common Personal Income Tax Problems & How to Respond

Tax problems aren’t just a worry that hang over people’s heads from January through April every year. Many of them go far beyond the numbers that you report, and they can require additional evidence that your bank statements and paychecks can’t provide. Additionally, the IRS isn’t the only source of those problems: state tax authorities…

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6 Simple Personal Finance Tips That Lead to a Big Payoff

Let’s face it: A lot of personal finance advice seems to be incredibly repetitive and common sense — like paying off your debt ASAP and watching your discretionary spending when money is tight. Much money-saving advice also tends to be geared toward people who already have money and those more concerned about avoiding the taxman than bill…

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