What’s New for the 2020 Tax Filing Season

What’s New for the 2020 Tax Filing Season While the 2020 tax filing season promises to be less confusing than 2019, there are still a number of changes that taxpayers should be aware of. New, Revised or Updated Tax Forms Form 1040: Revised and Redesigned The IRS released a draft Form 1040 for 2019 tax…

Tax Breaks for Taxpayers Who Itemize

Tax Breaks for Taxpayers Who Itemize Many taxpayers opt for the standard deduction because it is easier, but sometimes itemizing your deductions is the better choice – often resulting in a lower tax bill. Whether you bought a house, refinanced your current home, or had extensive gambling losses, you may be able to take advantage…

Tax Planning Includes Keeping Good Records

Tax Planning Includes Keeping Good Records It’s January and tax season is right around the corner. For many people that means scrambling to collect receipts, mileage logs, and other tax-related documents needed to prepare their tax returns. If this describes you, chances are, you’re wishing you’d kept on top of it during the year so…

Individual Taxpayers: Recap for 2019

Individual Taxpayers: Recap for 2019 As we close out the year and get ready for tax season, here’s what individuals and families need to know about tax provisions for 2019. Personal Exemptions Personal exemptions are eliminated for tax years 2018 through 2025. Standard Deductions The standard deduction for married couples filing a joint return in…

Business Tax Provisions: The Year in Review

Business Tax Provisions: The Year in Review Here’s what business owners need to know about tax changes for 2019. Standard Mileage Rates The standard mileage rate in 2019 is 58 cents per business mile driven. Health Care Tax Credit for Small Businesses Small business employers who pay at least half the premiums for single health…

Tax Breaks for Business: Charitable Giving

Tax Breaks for Business: Charitable Giving Tax breaks for charitable giving aren’t limited to individuals, your small business can benefit as well. If you own a small to medium-size business and are committed to giving back to the community through charitable giving, here’s what you should know. 1. Verify that the Organization is a Qualified…

Updated Rules: Deductible Business & Other Expenses

Updated Rules: Deductible Business & Other Expenses Taxpayers using optional standard mileage rates in computing the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving expense purposes should be aware of an updated set of rules. The updated rules reflect changes to certain deductible expenses resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs…

The Importance of Having a Budget

Give your business a solid foundation, starting with your budget Getting a business on its feet is both exciting and exhausting. While the excitement wears off over time, it can still be exhausting if you don’t have the right tools in place to keep your business on track—and that’s where a budget comes in. “A…

Year-End Tax Planning for Individuals

Year-End Tax Planning for Individuals With the end of the year fast approaching, now is the time to take a closer look at tax planning strategies you can use to minimize your tax burden for 2019. General Tax planning Strategies General tax planning strategies for individuals include postponing income and accelerating deductions, and careful consideration…