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A Mid-Year Tax Checkup May Be Appropriate

tax checkup

Article Highlights:


  • Concerns About Proper Withholding
  • Late IRS W-4 and Withholding Tables
  • New W-4 Complications
  • Self-employed Estimated Payments
  • Events That Can Impact Taxes

Taxes are similar to vehicles, in that they sometimes need a check-up to make sure they are performing as expected. That is especially true for 2018, with all of the changes brought about by tax reform.

One area of major concern is the amount of taxes individuals are withholding from their wages. Tax…

  • 16 Jul, 2018
  • Jacqueline Cran
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Is an Inheritance Taxable?



Article Highlights:


  • Estate Tax
  • Estate Tax Exemption
  • Fair Market Value at Date of Death
  • Step-up in Basis
  • Community Property
  • Deferred Untaxed Income

A frequent question is whether inheritances are taxable. This is a frequently misunderstood question related to taxation and can be complicated. When someone passes away, all of their assets will be subject to inheritance taxation, and whatever is left over after paying the inheritance tax passes to the decedent’s beneficiaries.

Sound bleak? Don’t worry, very few…

  • 5 Jul, 2018
  • Jacqueline Cran
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Got a Letter from the IRS?


IRS Notice


Article Highlights:

  • Confirm the Letter Was Not Sent in Error
  • Examine the Contents
  • Avoid Procrastination, Which Leads to Bigger Problems
  • Send Any Payments
  • Consider Change-of-Address Complications
  • Be Aware of ID Theft

If you have received an IRS envelope from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in your mailbox that does not contain a refund check, it will probably cause your heart rate to increase. Remain calm. Most of the issues in these letters can be dealt with…

  • 25 Jun, 2018
  • Jacqueline Cran
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Good and Bad News about the Home Office Tax Deduction


home office


Article Highlights:

  • Home Office
  • Qualifications
  • Actual-Expense Method
  • Simplified Method
  • Income Limitation
  • Employee Deduction

“Home office” is a type of tax deduction that applies to the business use of a home; the space itself may not actually be an office. This category also includes using part of a home for storing inventory (e.g., for a wholesale or retail business for which the home is the only fixed location); as a day care center; as a physical meeting…

  • 11 Jun, 2018
  • Jacqueline Cran
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Big Changes to the Kiddie Tax




Article Highlight:

  • Prior Law
  • New Law
  • Earned Income
  • Unearned Income
  • Fiduciary Rates
  • Strategies

Years ago, to prevent parents from transferring their investment accounts into their children’s name to avoid taxes, Congress created what is referred to as the kiddie tax. This counteracted the strategy of taking income from the parents’ higher tax bracket and shifting it to their children’s lower tax bracket.

The kiddie tax plugged that tax loophole by taxing the child’s unearned income (income not from working)…

  • 7 Jun, 2018
  • Jacqueline Cran
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Summer Employment for Your Child


Summer employment

Article Highlights

  • Higher Standard Deduction
  • IRA Options
  • Self-Employed Parent
  • Employing Your Child
  • Tax Benefits

Summer break is here, and your children may be looking for summer employment. With the passage of the most recent tax reform, the standard deduction for single individuals jumped from $6,350 in 2017 to $12,000 in 2018, meaning your child can now make up to $12,000 from working without paying any income tax on their earnings.

In addition, they can contribute the lesser…

  • 4 Jun, 2018
  • Jacqueline Cran
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June 2018 Tax Due Dates




June 2018 Individual Due Dates


June 11 – Report Tips to Employer

If you are an employee who works for tips and received more than $20 in tips during May, you are required to report them to your employer on IRS Form 4070 no later than June 11. Your employer is required to withhold FICA taxes and income tax withholding for these tips from your regular wages. If your regular wages are…

  • 1 Jun, 2018
  • Jacqueline Cran
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Tax Reform Suspends the Tax Deduction for Employee Business Expenses


Article Highlights:


  • Employee Business Expenses
  • Miscellaneous Itemized Deductions Subject to the 2% AGI Floor
  • Accountable Reimbursement Plan
  • Occupations Impacted


Not all provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act are beneficial to taxpayers. One notable negative provision is the suspension of the deduction for employee business expenses. Under prior law, taxpayers who were employees were able to deduct expenses related to their employment as a miscellaneous itemized deduction, to the extent the expenses exceeded 2%…

  • 17 May, 2018
  • Jacqueline Cran
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2018 Tax Planning


Article Highlights:

  • Increase In Standard Deduction
  • Loss of Personal Exemptions
  • Changes to Itemized Deductions
  • Bunching Strategy
  • Employee Business Expenses
  • Business Expensing
  • 20% Flow-through Income Deduction
  • Change in Treatment of Alimony
  • Casualty Losses, Home Equity Interest and Moving No Longer Deductible

Tax reform has changed the way most taxpayers need to think about and plan for their taxes. It is no longer business as usual, and those who think it is are in for a rude awakening come tax time next…

  • 14 May, 2018
  • Jacqueline Cran
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Solar Tax Credit: The Dark Side

solar energy

Article Highlights:


  • Solar Promotions
  • Solar Tax Credit
  • Nonrefundable Credit
  • Financing Costs
  • Solar Credit Phase-out
  • Leasing a Solar System


There are TV ads, telemarketing phone calls and sales people at your front door all promoting the benefits of solar power, and one of the key considerations and a frequently mentioned benefit is the 30% federal tax credit.

What isn’t included in the ads—and something most potential buyers are unaware of—is that the solar credit is a nonrefundable…

  • 10 May, 2018
  • Jacqueline Cran
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