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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How Does The Qualified Business Income Deduction (QBI) Benefit Your Real Estate Investments?

There’s no doubt real estate is a lucrative investment! Ownership of income-generating properties has been the seat of many eventually towering fortunes. But the liabilities involved with real estate are considerably larger than other investments. Managing tenants and maintenance, along with property and income taxes are expenses that perpetually eat away at your profit margin. Good News For Real Estate Investors But despite these expenses, there’s some good news for real estate investors on the
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Achieving Peak Financial Fitness

  Yosemite National Park, where I’m pictured in the photo above, is one of California’s greatest natural treasures. This shot was taken across from the half dome at Glacial Point. A stunning viewpoint to say the least! The beauty of Yosemite’s landscape and the majesty of the park’s stunning mountains are truly awe-inspiring. Speaking of Yosemite’s mountains, the park is home several very impressive peaks. That includes Glacial Point, pictured above, which rises over 7,200
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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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Tax Season – Time to Get Organized and Start Filing

If you didn’t begin creating year-end tax plans before last December 31, it could be worth your while now to start gathering together all your documentation and get organized. The Internal Revenue Service started accepting tax returns as of Tuesday, January 19, though you could have prepared a return on paper or with tax software and submitted it earlier. The IRS wouldn’t accept such returns until the 19th however. Filing early helps to lower any
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Benefits of the R & D Tax Credit for Small Business

The tax deal instituted by Congress at the end of 2015 makes the R & D tax credit permanent. This deal also includes two crucial changes to the R & D tax credit which provide a vital benefit to innovative small businesses, especially startups. Business owners need to examine these changes closely. First, the legislation permits small businesses to take the credit against their AMT (the AMT turnoff). Secondly, the bill permits small businesses to
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2015 Strategic Tax Planning for Businesses

YEAR-END BUSINESS PLANNING As with prior years, business tax planning is unsure due to the expiration of many popular but temporary tax breaks that have been of an “extenders” package of legislation. Another factor leading to uncertainty is the far-reaching Affordable Care Act. Additional changes to the tax law in 2015 made by new regulations and other IRS guidance also need to be weighed when evaluating year-end strategies. Code Sec. 179 Expensing Code Sec. 179
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