Archives for Deductions

Earned Income Tax Credit

For many, 2020 proved to be a “lost year.” Especially financially speaking. Employment income among wage-earners was down almost universally. And those in the middle and lower-income brackets were among the hardest hit. That said, there’s a built-in tax credit that specifically addresses folks in this position. It’s called the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). And the EITC could result in a very tidy tax refund for those who qualify. In fact, your refund could
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Congress Passes $900 Billion COVID Relief Package

  First off, Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed a happy, and most importantly, healthy holiday season. Secondly, it’s a brand new year… But we’re still facing many of the same problems. Particularly in California. Govern Newsom has extended the current lockdown order “indefinitely.” Which has forced many businesses to shutter or further curtain operations. Of course, this is bad news for a whole lot of people, business owners and employees alike. And
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Will Businesses Who Took PPP Funds Be Hit With A Big Unexpected Tax Bill?

  Given the complete financial and economic bedlam 2020 has unleashed, the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) has been an absolute Godsend from countless small businesses AND their employees. But that said, the program has not come without its share of confusion, and in some cases, consequences. And one of the biggest concerns for many businesses as we coast into the end of the fiscal + calendar year is whether or not PPP funded expenses can
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COVID-19 Tax + Financial Update

At the moment, we find ourselves on some pretty shaky ground. And in response, I want to offer my best wishes to everyone out there reeling in the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. I sincerely hope you, your family, friends, and assorted loved ones are all healthy and safe. As we enter this truly unprecedented time in modern history, we’re all feeling unsure (and likely a bit nervous) about what may come. But the reality
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The Tax Consolidation Act of 2020 Promises to “Extend” Tax Savings in the Coming Fiscal Year

Squeezed in just under the wire late last December, alongside the annual government spending bill, The Tax Consolidation Act of 2020 further chips away at Obama Care tax consequences, offers some new tax-savings, and includes extensions on several money-saving tax deductions. More Obama Care Repeals Three key tenets of the Affordable Care Act (ACA — AKA “Obama Care”) were repealed in the Tax Consolidation Act, including: The “Healthcare Tax” has been nixed (California, however, has
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Looking to Reduce Your 2019 Income Taxes? Top 10 Year-End Tax Tips…

WOW! Somehow, 2019 totally flooooooooooooooooooown by!? Not sure where the time went? But with the fiscal year-end quickly approach, it’s the time to start thinking about your taxes. And it’s especially important to evaluate your tax situation NOW! Because there are several tax-sheltering measures you can take before December 31st. Measures with the potential to lop a sizable sum off of your 2019 tax bill. And toward that end, here are 10 tax-savings tips… 1.
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How to Take Advantage of Opportunity Zones

When it comes to real estate investing, what single factor takes the biggest bite out of your profit margin? Capital gains taxes. You can expect to lose up to 20% of your returns to Capital Gains when it’s time cash out an investment simply as a matter of course. And if you’re like most investors, this “cost of doing business” is a bitter pill after working tirelessly to amass investment funds, only to have the
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Tax Payers First Act Brings Welcome Reforms to IRS Appeals Process

Few things induce gut-churning panic faster than notice of an IRS audit. It’s a fear to which no taxpayer is immune. But thankfully, the recent passing of the Taxpayer First Act (TFA) is bringing some solace to taxpayers grappling with an IRS audit. Particularly for those appealing an audit. Internal Revenue Service Independent Office of Appeals To begin with, the TFA establishes the Internal Revenue Service Independent Office of Appeals. This new administrative body is
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Tax Reform Highlights – Business Provisions

Although some have criticized the process, priorities, and policies used in the formulation of this major tax system overhaul, we in the tax and accounting industry anticipated action. After several iterations, we finally got our wish for something—anything—in concrete so that we could get tax plans in place before year end and have answers to the many questions that our clients are asking about what tax reform does to their 2018 tax bill. On December
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Tax Reform Highlights – Individual Provisions

Although some have criticized the process, priorities, and policies used in the formulation of this major tax system overhaul, we in the tax and accounting industry anticipated action. After several iterations, we finally got our wish for something—anything—in concrete so that we could get tax plans in place before year end and have answers to the many questions that our clients are asking about what tax reform does to their 2018 tax bill. On December
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