If you’re like most taxpayers, you find yourself with an ominous stack of “homework” around TAX TIME! Unfortunately, the job of pulling together the records for your tax appointment is never easy, but the effort usually pays off when it comes to the extra tax money you save! When you arrive at your appointment fully prepared, you’ll have more time to:
- Consider every possible legal deduction;
- Better evaluate your options for reporting income and deductions to choose those best suited to your situation;
- Explore current law changes that affect your tax status;
- Talk about possible law changes and discuss tax planning alternatives that could reduce your future tax liability.
Choosing Your Best Alternatives
The tax law allows a variety of methods for handling income and deductions on your return. Choices made at the time you prepare your return often affect not only the current year, but later year returns as well. When you’re fully prepared for your appointment, you will have more time to explore all avenues available for lowering your taxes.
For example, the law allows choices in transactions such as:
Sales of property
If you’re receiving payments on a sales contract over a period of years, you are sometimes able to choose between reporting the whole gain in the year you sell or over a period of time, as you receive payments from the buyer.
You’re able to deduct the cost of your investment in certain business property using different methods. You can either depreciate the cost over a number of years, or in certain cases, you can deduct them all in one year.
Higher Education Expenses
If you are paying college expenses for yourself, your spouse, or your dependent(s), you may qualify for a tax benefit of either an above-the-line tax deduction or a tax credit.
- 13 Jan, 2012
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