Tips to Organize Your Tax Records

As important tax records start filling mailboxes, how can you make sure your tax preparation goes smoothly and efficiently this year? Here are some tips. Keep it all in one place. It seems obvious, but how often have you found yourself going through piles of paper looking for that elusive missing 1099 tax form or […]

Tax Software: Is it the Best Way to Go?

Some popular tax preparation software is relatively inexpensive, but what does using software to prepare your taxes really cost you? Missed deductions and tax credits, improper or overlooked tax elections, unnecessary penalties, and neglected long-term tax planning can be very expensive. Are you familiar with the rules and qualified to tackle your taxes by yourself? […]

So You Sold Your Home, Now What?

If you’re considering selling your home or have recently sold your home, there are possible tax consequences. The good news: much of the gain on the sale of your home may be tax exempt. Here’s what you need to know: Capital Gain Home Sale Exclusion You can generally exclude $250,000 of any gain on the […]

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:

Health Savings Accounts Pay Medical Costs and Cut Taxes

Health savings accounts can be used to build tax-sheltered nest eggs that can pay out-of-pocket medical expenses with tax-free dollars.

Intended to be used in conjunction with high-deductible insurance plans, health savings accounts (HSAs) are designed to help pay your medical expenses until your insurance policy begins picking up expenses.

Double Check the Check

Following these tips when you receive a payment from the Federal or State government can save you more headaches than you can imagine.

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: