Article Highlights: Notice 1444 You May Qualify for Additional Credit on the 2020 Return Tax Records The IRS is mailing all recipients of Economic Impact Payments a Notice 1444 that provides information about the amount of their payment, how the payment was made and how to report any payment that wasn’t received. If you’ve already…

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Article Highlights: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Benefit Extensions Self-employed Coverage Taxability Withholding – Estimated Payments The CARES Act includes Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provisions that extend and supplement state-provided unemployment insurance and are intended to lessen the financial burdens on individuals who have lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 emergency by allowing states to extend…

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Article Highlights: ABLE Accounts Disabled Spouse or Dependent Care Credit Medical Deductions Home Modifications Special Schooling Nursing Services Individuals with disabilities as well as parents of disabled children are eligible for a number of income tax benefits. This article explains some of these tax breaks. ABLE Accounts – A federal law allows states to offer…

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Congratulations, you made it to half a century! Your fifties can be a tumultuous time: Not having to work anymore sounds like a dream, but you might be concerned you don’t have enough saved for retirement. Those concerns definitely aren’t unfounded as 40 million households in America have no retirement savings at all. Additionally, the Federal…

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Article Highlights: Medical Threshold Electric Vehicle Credit Phaseout Alimony Finalization of State- and Local-Tax Deduction Limitation Penalty for Not Being Insured Qualified Opportunity Funds Seniors’ Special Tax Form Family and Medical Leave Credit Inflation Adjustments Form W-4 Revision As the end of the year approaches, now is a good time to review the various changes…

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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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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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Article Highlights: Itemized Deductions Above-the-Line Deductions Business Deductions Asset-Sale Deductions Refundable Credits Nonrefundable Credits Carryover Credits Business Tax Credits  People often say that an expense is “a tax write-off”; most everyone interprets this to mean that the expense will have a tax benefit. Generally, such a benefit takes the form of either a deduction or…

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Article Highlights: Self-employed Individuals Estimated Taxes Self-Employment Tax Estimated Tax Safe Harbors 1099-MISC and 1099-K Others Subject to Self-employment Tax income Not Subject to Self-employment Tax Self-employed individuals, unlike employees, don’t have someone withholding Social Security or Medicare (FICA) taxes along with pre-payments toward their federal (and state, where applicable) income tax from their wages…

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Article Highlights: Medical Savings Account Retirement Account High-Deductible Plan Eligible Individuals Monetary Qualification for an HSA Qualification Chart Maximum Contributions Establishing an HSA The Health Savings Account (HSA) is one of the most misunderstood and underused benefits in the Internal Revenue Code. Congress created HSAs as a way for individuals with high-deductible health plans (HDHPs)…

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