What Happens If Large Gifts Are Made Now?

With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the increased gift and estate tax exclusion amounts are set to sunset in 2025.  The exclusions are $11.2 million in 2018 and will increase each year until 2025, indexed for inflation.  But, what will happen if you make a large gift now?  Will you risk the […]

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Don’t Get Scammed

Tis the season. . . . For a risky time for people and their sensitive data.  Online shopping, impostors posing as charities seeking donations, spam, robocalls, tax scams, . . . . What can you do to protect your information?  The IRS encourages people to review some simple steps to protect their data and protect […]

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The Dark Web

This term is becoming increasingly heard – but do you know what it is and how it may affect you? OK, so what is it?  According to Wikipedia, the darknet websites are accessible through specific networks and certain accessible sites used widely among darknet users and provides anonymous access to the internet.  Specializing on allowing […]

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How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Tax Affects Itemized Deductions

Due to the TCJA or recent tax reform, in addition to nearly doubling standard deductions, several itemized deductions that can be claimed on Schedule A, Itemized Deductions have changed. Many individuals who formerly itemized may now find it more beneficial to take the standard deduction. Here are some of the changes to Schedule A for […]

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Have You Taken Your RMD For 2018?

For those of you that are 70-1/2 years of age and are fortunate to have a retirement type account, such as a traditional IRA, have you taken your RMD (required minimum distribution) for 2018?  If not, it is not too early to be thinking of doing so. Often times the distributions are put off until […]

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Has Your Personal Information Been Stolen?

As tax professionals, we most likely have more firewalls and tools in place than individuals to protect the information residing on our servers.  We are constantly checking to see if any breach has occurred and take steps to prevent any such breach. Many individuals prepare their own income taxes using any one of the various […]

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When to Re-Visit Your Estate Planning

You have spent days, and maybe even weeks, working with your attorney on your Estate Planning. You finally feel that you have addressed all of your concerns and are comfortable with who your belongings are going to after you pass away. Now, you can sit back and relax and never worry about your estate planning […]

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Attention Retirees

You have worked hard and have now retired.  You receive pension and/or annuity benefits, have taxes withheld and all is well when you file your income taxes.  True – well, maybe in the past, but perhaps not in the future due to changes to income tax by way of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act […]

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Avoid Penalty for Underpayment of Taxes

So, as much as we grumble and grouse about paying taxes, imagine how you would feel if you received a notice from the IRS that you were assessed a penalty for underpayment of taxes. If we are employed as W-2 employees, taxes are routinely withheld from paychecks.  But, that only takes into consideration taxes on […]

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Paycheck Checkup

Like most working Americans, when we start a new job, we complete a Form W-4 to direct our payroll withholdings for federal income taxes.  Unless we have a life-changing event such as marriage or children, we don’t give it another thought about our withholdings.  We become complacent with whatever the bottom line is on our […]

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