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Want to Save for Education? Make 2016 ESA Contributions by December 31

There are many ways to save for a child’s or grandchild’s education. But one has annual contribution limits, and if you don’t make a 2016 contribution by December 31, the opportunity will be lost forever. [...]

By | December 20th, 2016|Tax|

Can You Pay Bonuses in 2017 but Deduct Them This Year?

You may be aware of the rule that allows businesses to deduct bonuses employees have earned during a tax year if the bonuses are paid within 2½ months after the end of that year (by [...]

By | December 15th, 2016|Tax|

Municipal Market Potentially at Risk with Trump Infrastructure Plan

With the upcoming changes in the political arena, interest on municipal bonds is at risk of becoming subject to federal income taxation. Under the current U.S. tax code, when investors lend money to local [...]

By | December 15th, 2016|Tax, Uncategorized|

Some Tax Rates and Amounts for 2017

FICA base — Annual compensation to which Social Security tax applies is $127,200 for 2017 (up from $118,500 for 2016). Social Security benefits — Individuals who are drawing Social Security benefits prior to attaining [...]

By | December 15th, 2016|Tax, Uncategorized|

You May Need to Renew Your ITIN

An ITIN — Individual Taxpayer Identification Number — is used by non-residents of the U.S. who are not entitled to work in the U.S. (and therefore cannot obtain a social security number) to satisfy their [...]

By | December 15th, 2016|Tax|

Ensure Your Year-End Donations Will Be Deductible on Your 2016 Return

Donations to qualified charities are generally fully deductible, and they may be the easiest deductible expense to time to your tax advantage. After all, you control exactly when and how much you give. To [...]

By | December 6th, 2016|Tax, Uncategorized|

There’s Still Time to Benefit on Your 2016 Tax Bill by Buying Business Assets

In order to take advantage of two important depreciation tax breaks for business assets, you must place the assets in service by the end of the tax year. So you still have time to act [...]

By | December 5th, 2016|Tax|

Year End Tax Planning Tips 2016

With most of 2016 behind us, you may want to consider some year-end tax-saving ideas. Before acting on these, note the following: Most strategies do not apply universally, but only in specific circumstances. Many strategies [...]

By | November 30th, 2016|Tax|

Accelerating Your Property Tax Deduction to Reduce Your 2016 Tax Bill

Smart timing of deductible expenses can reduce your tax liability, and poor timing can unnecessarily increase it. When you don’t expect to be subject to the alternative minimum tax (AMT) in the current year, accelerating [...]

By | November 28th, 2016|Tax|

Year-End Tax Strategies for Accrual-Basis Taxpayers

The last month or so of the year offers accrual-basis taxpayers an opportunity to make some timely moves that might enable them to save money on their 2016 tax bill. Record and recognize The key [...]

By | November 28th, 2016|Tax|