Large Retirement Account Balances Can Cause Social Security Tax Problems

When you reach age 70 ½, the trigger requiring distributions from qualified retirement accounts is pulled. This annual Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) applies to Traditional IRAs, SEP IRAs, SIMPLE IRAs, 401(k), 403(b), and other defined contribution plans. Amounts not distributed on a timely basis could be subject to a 50% penalty. Thankfully, the RMD rules do not apply to Roth IRAs.

Need A Copy Of Your Tax Return?

Retaining copies of your federal tax return is important. Not only will you need the return in case of an audit, but the tax return is often used to secure student aid, obtain loans, purchase a home or business, plus much more. What can you do if you cannot find a copy of your tax return?

Are Your Parents Safe from Scams?

Scam artists often seem to target older adults because they’re generalized as being more trusting and more easily confused than others. Whether or not that’s true, you can help protect your parents and the other older adults in your life by following a few simple steps:

Toss This. Not That. Post Tax Filing Record Retention

With a sigh, you are relieved that yet another tax return has been sent off to the government. Another 12 months before you need to do this again. But before you close that tax file, there is still some work to do. If the IRS or state revenue department selects your return for review, you will need to be prepared. Here is what you need to know:

Some Unemployment Income Is Now Tax Free for 2020

A surprise tax break for 2020 was passed into law last month. It may impact your situation if you received unemployment income this past year. This will mean filing amended tax returns for some and a delay in preparing your tax return for others.

Avoid Common Tax Filing Mistakes

With the backlog of tax return filing due to late changing tax laws, want to ensure your refund gets to you in the shortest amount of time? More importantly, how can you avoid receiving a letter from the IRS? Here are some of the most common tax filing mistakes:

Enjoy Tax Benefits If You Own A Vacation Home

Are you planning to use your vacation home soon? If you’re not going to use it, have you considered renting it? Or are you thinking of buying a vacation home? Vacation homes, with proper tax planning, can help create tax benefits.

Why do I need a tax professional when I can buy tax prep software?

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As tax professionals, we often are asked “Why do I need a tax professional when I can buy tax preparation software?” Let us explain… Tax software producers claim their products can prepare complex returns, but you may want to think twice before relying on software for all your tax and financial guidance. Although software may […]