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How to Lower the Taxes You Owe Before the End of the Year

Posted by Cailey Taylor on Dec 9, 2018 10:00:00 AM

The end of the year is usually the busiest time for taxpayers. You’re usually trying to get everything wrapped up and finished before the new year begins. One thing you should put on your list for the end of the year is to start calculating your taxes and if you will owe taxes when you file. If you find out you are going to owe taxes, there are some steps you can take to lower your tax liability. Tax planning is an important part of keeping your financials in line and can help you stay on track and make filing your tax return easier.

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What Is Tax Law?

Posted by Cailey Taylor on Dec 3, 2018 8:30:00 AM

There’s two guarantees in life; death and taxes. Taxes help pay for schools, your roads, your police and fire department and other things you use every day. Depending on where you live, you can pay income tax, sales tax, property tax, capital gains tax, inheritance tax or even estate tax. Every year millions of taxpayers file their federal tax return and pay their taxes. But for thousands of others, they either don’t file their federal tax return, or they don’t pay the taxes they owe. This can be for several reasons, either they don’t have the money to pay, they forget, or they don’t know how to file their tax return. Not filing your tax return and not paying the federal taxes you owe, can create a large tax debt and make you put into collections with the IRS. This can lead to IRS garnishments such as a bank account levy, a wage garnishment, Social Security garnishment or lien. Here’s what you need to know about tax law and how it affects you.

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Living Abroad and Paying Taxes

Posted by Cailey Taylor on Nov 12, 2018 8:01:00 AM

You don’t have to be tied to one place for a job anymore! A new popular trend is being a digital nomad! People are taking advantage of being able to do their job from their computer without having to be in an office. More and more people are living in places farther from their actual office and working remotely. Now living in Spain while you work for a company based in New York may sound great, but it is important to think of the tax implications of doing so. If you retain your U.S. citizenship, Uncle Sam will still want you to pay taxes on your income. Luckily, the process for filing your federal income tax return and paying your taxes is the same whether you live in Kansas City or Rome. You just have to remember to do both tax returns and on time!

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Tags: Tax Court, Tax Scams, Tax Law, Tax Help, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, tax extension, Tax Deductions, Tax Return, Tax

What You Should Know About Donating to A Political Party & Taxes

Posted by Cailey Taylor on Nov 9, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Every election, thousands of taxpayers support their candidates in several different ways. Taxpayers may wear clothes promoting their candidate or put their signs in their front yard, others will make a financial contribution to their candidate’s campaign. Now although the contribution may seem like a donation to you, it is important to know that political donations are not tax deductible. So it’s important you don’t try to deduct any political contribution on your income tax return.

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Tags: Tax Court, Tax Law, Tax Help, Tax Deductions, Tax Return, Tax

Does Tax Reform Affect Bottom Line for Farmers and Ranchers?

Posted by Cailey Taylor on Nov 7, 2018 10:00:00 AM

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created hundreds of changes to the U.S. Tax code and changed how a lot of people and businesses will file their taxes this year. The good news is some of those changes are going to benefit farmers and ranchers and help their bottom line! The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed in December 2017 and takes effect for the 2018 tax year. Farmers and ranchers will need to look at their current financial situation and reassess some of their deductions and credits to see if they can benefit more from the tax law changes.

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Tags: Sales Tax, Tax Court, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Tax Help, tax extension, Tax Law, Tax Deductions, Tax, Tax Return

Could State Taxes be Hurting Your NFL Team?

Posted by Cailey Taylor on Nov 4, 2018 9:05:00 AM

Has it been a few years since your favorite NFL team made it to the Super Bowl? New research says it could be due to your state’s taxes. The recent tax overhaul, The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, made several changes that negatively affect players who reside in states with a high personal income tax or high property tax. The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act eliminated or limited several deductions, including limiting the deduction available for state and local taxes.

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Tags: Sales Tax, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Tax Deductions, Tax Return, Tax Law, Tax Help, Tax, NFL

Closed Case Round Up: October Edition

Posted by Cailey Taylor on Oct 29, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Check out just a few of the FANTASTIC results achieved for our clients last month! This months closed case round up features a contractor whose severe health problems led to a large tax debt, plus a client who tried to resolve their tax issues on their own and ended up coming back to us for help.

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How to Know Whether to File Married Filing Joint or Married Filing Separately

Posted by Cailey Taylor on Oct 24, 2018 9:00:00 AM

With the personal deadline passing I find a majority of people have questions on why their filing status matters. We have found that Married Filing Separately (MFS) is one of the most misunderstood filing statuses. There are many legal and personal reasons why you might choose to file separately. However, the IRS prefers you to file Married Filing Joint (MFJ) and shows preference to this by allowing certain credits only when MFJ. These include the Earned Income Credit, education credits (AOC and LLC), full child credit, dependent care credit, and the adoption credit (on the year adoption took place). They also allow MFS to amend to MFJ within the allowed amendment period. But if you filed MFJ and afterwards decided to amend to MFS, if it is past the April deadline it is not allowed.

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Tags: Wedding, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Tax Law, Tax Help, tax extension, Tax Deductions, Tax Return, Tax

Know The Difference: Tax Levy versus a Tax Lien

Posted by Cailey Taylor on Oct 22, 2018 9:00:00 AM

There is nothing scarier than going to your mailbox and seeing a notice of the IRS’s intent to levy you. Owing taxes can be scary enough, but when you add in the stress of being levied or having a lien placed on your property, it can be too much. If you have received notices from the IRS or you have been talking about possible problems with your taxes, you may have come across the terms Tax Levy and Tax Lien. The two are types of collection action used by the IRS to collect on an unpaid tax debt. They have some similarities and they both have stark differences you need to be aware of.

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IRS Clarifies Rules On Deducting Meals with Clients

Posted by Cailey Taylor on Oct 16, 2018 9:00:00 AM

The IRS is giving businesses back a break they thought they had lost due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The agency announced that companies can still deduct 50% of meals while entertaining clients and customers. The announcement cleared up confusion about whether the tax law changes had completely eliminated the benefit of writing off taking clients out to a meal.

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Tags: Tax Return, Tax Deductions, Audit, audit help, levy, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Tax Law, Tax Help, tax extension, Tax

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