Last Minute Filing Tips for 2016 Tax Returns

Are you one of the millions of Americans who hasn’t filed (or even started) your taxes yet? With the April 18 tax filing deadline quickly approaching, here is some last minute tax advice for you. Stop Procrastinating. Resist the temptation to put off your taxes until the very last minute. It takes time to prepare…

Should you File an Extension on your Tax Return?

If you’ve been procrastinating when it comes to preparing and filing your tax return this year you might be considering filing an extension. While obtaining a 6-month extension to file is relatively easy–and there are legitimate reasons for doing so–there are also some downsides. If you need more time to file your tax return this…

ACA Tax Facts for Individuals and Families

The Affordable Care Act contains two provisions that may affect your tax return this year: the individual shared responsibility provision and the premium tax credit. Here’s what you should know: Information Forms: 1095-A, 1095-B, and 1095-C This year marks the first time that certain taxpayers will receive new health-care related information forms that they can…

Claiming the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit

If you’re a small business owner with fewer than 25 full-time equivalent employees you may be eligible for the small business health care credit. What is the Small Business Health Care Credit? The small business health care tax credit, part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act enacted in 2010, is specifically targeted to…

LVBW CPAs and Advisors Enhance Valuation Services

We have expanded our valuation team Lougen Valenti Bookbinder & Weintraub (LVBW) is pleased to announce the newest addition to our valuation practice, Thomas R. Schwartz, CVA. Tom joins the firm with 8 years of valuation experience working with closely-held businesses and individuals across multiple industries. Tom will manage the firm’s valuation services department Tom…

IRS Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2017

Compiled annually by the IRS, the “Dirty Dozen” is a list of common scams taxpayers may encounter in the coming months. While many of these scams peak during the tax filing season, they may be encountered at any time during the year. Here is this year’s list: 1. Identity Theft Tax-related identity theft occurs when…

Are your Social Security Benefits Taxable?

Social security benefits include monthly retirement, survivor, and disability benefits. If you received Social security benefits in 2016, you should receive a Form SSA-1099, Social Security Benefit Statement, showing the amount. Note: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments are not taxable. If Social Security was your only source of income in 2016 your benefits might not…

Small Business Financing: Securing a Loan

At some point, most small businesses owners will visit a bank or other lending institution to borrow money. Understanding what your bank wants, and how to properly approach them, can mean the difference between getting your money for expansion and having to scrape through finding cash from other sources. Unfortunately, many business owners fall victim…