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Tax Advice

6 Must-Dos When You Donate to Charity

Taxes and Donating to Charity

Donations are a great way to give to a deserving charity, and they also give back in the form of a tax deduction. Unfortunately, charitable donations are under scrutiny by the IRS, and many donations without adequate documentation are being rejected. Here are six things you need to do to ensure your charitable donation will…

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Business Taxes : Time to Consider Section 179?

Business Taxes - Section 179

Section 179 expensing can be a very powerful planning tool for small- and medium-sized business taxes when acquiring capital assets. While it doesn’t change the amount of depreciation you can take over the life of capital purchase, it can change the timing by allowing you to deduct your purchase in the first year you place…

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Avoid These Common Tax Mistakes

Avoid These Common Tax Mistakes

There are nearly 1,000 different tax forms used by the IRS to report tax obligations. It’s no wonder the IRS faces thousands of tax returns with errors each year. Here are some of the most common tax mistakes: Wrong names and Social Security numbers. Taxpayers regularly make mistakes by entering incorrect information for their spouses and…

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A Marriage Penalty Lingers in the Tax Code

A Marriage Penalty Lingers in the Tax Code

A marriage is worth celebrating, but bringing up the marriage penalty may bring down the celebration. The marriage penalty occurs in the tax code when you pay more tax as a married couple than you would as two single filers making the same amount of money. This occurs throughout the federal tax code. The following…

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Donate Stock to Lower Your Tax Burden

Donate Stock to Lower Your Tax Burden

  With U.S. equity valuations near historically high levels, now might be an opportune time to take advantage of the tax benefits of donating long-term appreciated stock to a qualified charity. Directly donating a winning stock you’ve held for at least one year provides greater tax benefits than writing a check to your favorite cause.…

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Keep Your Audit Fears in Check

Keep Your Audit Fears in Check

  Audit fears are real!  Your chances of being audited are probably lower than you think. A look at the latest IRS statistics for 2016 reveals some interesting and reassuring facts about the risk of an IRS audit. Audits are becoming less common. The number of individual tax returns the IRS audited fell to a…

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Consider A Midyear Self-Audit

Consider A Midyear Self-Audit

The word audit makes most of us uncomfortable. But by using auditing principals within your own business, you may quickly discover ways you can enhance your organization’s full-year performance. Here are some factors to consider. Prepare with a pre-audit. Perhaps the most obvious use of a self-audit comes to play as you prepare for a…

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Common Audit Red Flags – What Attracts the IRS

Common Audit Red Flags - What Attracts the IRS

For handwritten taxpayers, preparing their tax return isn’t the problem. It’s the fear of an audit. Audits are fairly uncommon, but the IRS may notice your tax return if certain red flags are present. Here are some of the common audit red flags to help you prepare for the possibility of your return being reviewed.…

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Everyone Knows Someone Who Missed the Boat

Missed Tax Deadline

 This year’s April 18 tax deadline has come and gone, but not everyone has filed a 2016 tax return. Some have missed the boat!  Many taxpayers who should file simply do not. Common culprits are older, retired parents, and young adults who are new to tax filing requirements. Here are just a few reasons these…

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