Do You Have Foreign Assets or Bank Accounts?

If you have a financial interest in or signature authority over a foreign financial account, including a bank account, brokerage account, mutual fund, trust, or other type of foreign financial account, exceeding certain thresholds, the Bank Secrecy Act may require you to report the account yearly to

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Tax Scams – Protect Yourself

There are many tax scams out there with the purpose of stealing your identity, stealing your money, or filing fraudulent tax returns using your private information. Tax scammers work year-round, not just during tax season, and target virtually everyone. Stay alert to the ways criminals pose as

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Depreciation Options Under the New Tax Law

When a business acquires an asset that will last longer than a year, the cost of the asset must be expensed over time to match the asset’s life instead of being deducted all at once. This treatment increases taxes in the short term, and the tax code

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How to Avoid IRS “Red Flags”

Undergoing the scrutiny of an IRS audit is liable to put any taxpayer on edge. While it may seem like the IRS randomly hands out audit notices like candy to unlucky victims, there are some best practices you can put in place in order to avoid inadvertently

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TCJA Mortgage Interest Limitations

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2018 changed both the type of mortgage interest that can be deducted as well as the amount of interest that can be deducted.  Acquisition Debt vs. Equity Debt The first step to untangling these new limitations is to distinguish between

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Taxes and Retirement Income

While many taxpayers plan for retirement by investing in retirement savings accounts, it is important for taxpayers to also plan on how to handle income during retirement as well. The timing of different retirement distributions could drastically affect the amount of taxes paid throughout retirement. To start,

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Setting Up a Business

Deciding to start your own business is a big step, one that requires special planning and thought. But where do you start? There are many logistical steps to setting up a legal, operating business and it can be a daunting mountain to climb when first starting. We’ll

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Identity Theft and the IRS

Identity theft happens when someone uses your personal information without your permission. While this can include credit cards, banking information, and passwords, it’s your Social Security number that’s the biggest IRS-related identity theft problem.  An estimated 4 to 5 million taxpayers are currently affected by identity theft

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Kiddie Tax Changes

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) overhauls the Kiddie Tax rules to tax a portion of a qualified child or young adult’s unearned income at the same tax rates paid by trusts and estates, which can be as high as 37%. Prior to the TCJA, the

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Disasters and Taxes

While some may say that tax season in and of itself should be classified as a “federally declared disaster,” the phrase holds more weight this upcoming year as thousands of families have been devastated by the California wildfires and East Coast hurricanes. Beginning in 2018, the personal

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