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Is Solar Energy Right for You?


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Article Highlights:

  • Solar Electric System TV Ads
  • Do You Really Need One?
  • System Cost
  • Financing
  • Solar Tax Credit
  • Home Mortgage Interest

It seems like you can’t watch TV these days without being exposed to home solar ads touting free electricity and big tax credits. Be careful, as these savings and tax credits may not be all that they are advertised to be; this depends upon your financial and tax circumstances. Home solar is not necessarily the…

  • 27 Jul, 2017
  • Jacqueline Cran
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Hobby or Business?

business or hobby

Article Highlights:

  • For-Profit Businesses
  • Not-for-Profit Businesses
  • Nine Determining Factors
  • Profit Presumption

Taxpayers are often confused by the differences in tax treatment between businesses that are entered into for profit and those that are not, commonly referred to as hobbies. The differences are:

  • Businesses Entered Into for Profit – For businesses entered into for profit, the profits are taxable, and losses are generally deductible against other income. The income and expenses are commonly reported on…
  • 24 Jul, 2017
  • Jacqueline Cran
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Thinking about Converting Your Home Into a Rental?




Article Highlights:

  • Home Sale Gain Exclusion
  • Home Sale Loss Rule
  • Mortgage Interest Deductions

When individuals buy new homes, they often consider turning their old homes into rentals rather than selling them. All too often, that decision is made without considering the tax implications. Converting a former residence into a rental may also happen when two individuals who each own a home get married or when individuals move to a new area but don’t want…

  • 18 Jul, 2017
  • Jacqueline Cran
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Borrowing Money to Finance an Education?


Article Highlights:

  • Home Equity Loan
  • Home Equity Interest Deduction
  • Alternative Minimum Tax
  • Above-the-line Interest Deduction
  • Qualified Expenses

If you are considering borrowing funds to finance your education or the education of your spouse or children, you may wish to take advantage of the available tax benefits.

If you itemize your deductions and have sufficient equity in your home, you might consider borrowing the needed cash from your home. Generally, homeowners can take $100,000 of equity debt on their…

  • 6 Jul, 2017
  • Jacqueline Cran
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July 2017 Tax Due Dates


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July 2017 Individual Due Dates


July 1 – Time for a Mid-Year Tax Check Up

Time to review your 2017 year-to-date income and expenses to ensure estimated tax payments and withholding are adequate to avoid underpayment penalties.

July 10 – Report Tips to Employer

If you are an employee who works for tips and received more than $20 in tips during June, you are required to report them to your employer on IRS…

  • 29 Jun, 2017
  • Jacqueline Cran
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Job Search Expenses May Be Tax-Deductible


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Article Highlights:

  • Schedule A
  • Travel Expenses
  • Résumé Preparation
  • Job-Placement Services
  • Unemployment Income
  • Health Insurance

If you are looking for work, some of the expenses you incur may be tax-deductible, provided that you are looking for work within the same field. Unfortunately, expenses incurred when the job search is in a new field or a first job are not tax-deductible.

If you are an employee, job search expenses are deducted as miscellaneous itemized deductions on Schedule A. Thus,…

  • 22 Jun, 2017
  • Jacqueline Cran
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The IRS Has Become More Liberal With College Expenses

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Article Highlights:

  • Computers
  • Internet Access
  • Qualified State Tuition (Sec. 529) Plans
  • American Opportunity Tax Credit
  • Required for Enrollment or Attendance


Computers and the Internet have become integral parts of education by providing access to online courses, learning and research. It is virtually impossible to be enrolled in postsecondary education without a computer, which is needed to complete written assignments, type reports, prepare theses and access the Internet.

Recent tax regulations have acknowledged the fact that computers,…

  • 19 Jun, 2017
  • Jacqueline Cran
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Does Your Employee Misclassify You as an Independent Contractor Instead of as an Employee?

contractor vs employee


Article Highlights

  • Employee
  • Independent Contractor
  • Behavioral Control
  • Financial Control
  • Relationship
  • Request For IRS Determination
  • Self-Employment Tax

It is not uncommon for employers to misclassify employees as independent contractors, either to intentionally avoid their withholding and tax responsibilities or because they are not aware of the laws regarding the issue. If your employer reports your income on a Form 1099 (as opposed to a W-2), you are being treated as an independent contractor, not as an employee….

  • 15 Jun, 2017
  • Jacqueline Cran
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Can You Deduct a Home Office? Is It Worth It?


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Article Highlights:

  • Qualifications
  • Employee Issues
  • Method Options
  • Income Limitations
  • Relocation

“Home office” is a term used to describe the tax deduction for the business use of your home, which may or may not be an office. It is often misunderstood and claimed by those who don’t qualify for it or not claimed to the taxpayer’s best advantage. Understanding the requirements, options, limitations, advantages and disadvantages will help you determine if you qualify for the deduction…

  • 12 Jun, 2017
  • Jacqueline Cran
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Are You Ignoring the Household Employee Payroll Rules?


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Article Highlights:

  • Household Employees
  • Tax Avoidance
  • Filing 1099s
  • Correct Procedures
  • W-2s, Payroll Taxes and Reporting
  • Overtime
  • Hourly Pay Or Salary
  • Separate Payrolls

If you hire a domestic worker to provide services in or around your home, you probably have a tax liability that you don’t know about – or one that you do know about but are ignoring. Either situation can come back to bite you. When the worker is your employee, your liability includes both withholding and…

  • 8 Jun, 2017
  • Jacqueline Cran
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