Tax Season Tips

  Tax season 2017 is in full swing. Statistics issued by the IRS showed a 17.2% decline in the total number of returns received through February 10, 2017 compared to the same period last year.  The decline was most likely caused by the mandate on refunds on returns involving the Earned Income Credit and the[…]

Tax Benefits for New Parents

I was blessed with my first two grandbabies this summer! (Stone Alexander and Grace Jenna) While Grammie won’t realize any tax benefits from the birth of these two babies, their parents will become eligible for a whole new set of tax breaks.   Dependents   Claiming your son or daughter as a dependent will shelter[…]

Mid-Year Tax Planning

Summer is here, 2016 is half over, and it’s a great time to organize your taxes. It seems most of my clients wait until January to look for their records, organize their charitable donations, and review investment accounts.  While it may not be fun to spend a Saturday afternoon in July reviewing your tax records,[…]

Itemized or Standard Deduction?

The IRS statistics show that most taxpayers use the standard deduction. However, you may be able to reduce your tax bill if you itemize on Schedule A. What expenses are deductible on Schedule A? I think most people are familiar with the typical itemized deductions, which requires a Schedule A to be filed. Home mortgage[…]

2016 Automobile Mileage Rates

The IRS released the 2016 standard mileage rates for business, medical and moving in December. The rates have decreased from 2015, probably due to the decrease in the cost of gasoline.  Effective January 1, 2016, the standard mileage rates for the use of an automobile are as follows: 54 cents per mile for business miles[…]

Highlights of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015

With just a couple of weeks before year end, Congress passed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act). The legislation deals with more than 50 tax provisions that expired December 31, 2014.  Some provisions were extended, while others were made permanent.  I want to discuss some of the more popular provisions.[…]

Tax Deductible Expenses

I’m often asked if a particular expense is tax deductible.  Everyone is looking for a deduction!  In general, only expenses incurred in a trade or business (IRC §162) or those incurred in the production of income (IRC §212), will be deductible on an individual tax return. I once had someone ask me if a new[…]

Tax Deductible Expenses

I’m often asked if a particular expense is tax deductible. Everyone is looking for a deduction! In general, only expenses incurred in a trade or business (IRC §162) or those incurred in the production of income (IRC §212), will be deductible on an individual tax return. I once had someone ask me if a new[…]