Tax Planning

IRA Charitable Donations: An Alternative to Taxable Required Distributions

You can make cash donations to IRS-approved charities out of your IRA using so-called “qualified charitable distributions” (QCDs).┬áThis strategy may be advantageous for high-net-worth individuals who have reached age 70 1/2. It expired at the end of 2014, but QCDs were made permanent for 2015 and beyond under the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH)… Read more »

Save Taxes with Employer-Provided Transportation Fringe Benefits

The Internal Revenue Code allows some worthwhile tax breaks for transportation-related employee fringe benefits. They’re intended to persuade you to give up your gas-guzzling vehicle when commuting to work and instead “go green.” If your employer offers these tax-favored benefits, you should consider signing up. Here are the specifics. Favorable Tax Treatment The employer-provided benefits… Read more »

IRS Reveals List of Top Tax Scams for 2016

The IRS kicked off tax filing season by publishing a series of press releases that highlight the “dirty dozen” tax scams for this year. Although there are no major surprises, it’s important to note that these scams have become increasingly technology-driven in recent years. Taxpayers can use this list to avoid becoming the victim or… Read more »

Five Last-Minute Moves to Lower Your 2015 Tax Bill

Tax Day is right around the corner. Have you filed your federal tax return yet? The filing deadline to submit 2015 individual federal income tax returns is Monday, April 18, 2016, rather than the traditional April 15 date. Washington, D.C., will celebrate Emancipation Day on Friday, April 15, which pushes the deadline to the following… Read more »

10 Elections That Can Save Money on Your 2015 Federal Taxes

This year’s presidential election has drawn significant attention, but the elections you make on your 2015 personal tax return can be just as important to your financial welfare. Here’s a list of 10 potential elections for individuals (including self-employed taxpayers) to consider making before tax day on April 18, 2016 (or April 19 for taxpayers… Read more »

IRS Extends ACA Filing Deadlines

Employers and other organizations got some good news from the IRS for the start of the new year. The tax agency announced that it’s extending the due dates for filing 2015 Affordable Care Act (ACA) information returns. This gives employers extra time to complete two tasks: 1. Provide the forms to the recipients and 2…. Read more »

Important Tax Figures for 2016

The following table provides some important federal tax information for 2016, as compared with 2015. Many of the dollar amounts are unchanged or have changed only slightly due to low inflation. Other amounts are changing due to legislation.   Social Security/ Medicare 2016 2015 Social Security Tax Wage Base $118,500 $118,500 Medicare Tax Wage Base… Read more »

Are your finances fit for 2016?

Have you achieved all of the goals you set for 2015? If some of your 2015 New Year’s resolutions remain unresolved, don’t get discouraged. There’s no time like the present to cross a few items off your to-do list after the holidays. Doing so will ward off the post-holiday blues and set a positive tone… Read more »

What You Need to Know Before Making Year-End Charitable Contributions

It’s a critical time of year for the not-for-profit sector. Historically, a significant amount of charitable donations occur in the last weeks, days and even hours of the year. In fact, many charities are using “Giving Tuesday” on December 1, 2015, as a catchy way to launch their year-end fundraising campaigns. Employers May Encourage Donations… Read more »