Category Archives: Filing Taxes

Tips on tip reporting

If you are like millions of taxpayers who work in the service industry, you may receive tips. The tax code is clear; if you receive tips you must report them as income. Some employers have systems to make this easy, … Continue reading

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What if you have a casualty gain?

You may be able to claim a deduction on your current or prior-year federal income tax return for casualty losses from sudden, unexpected, and unusual events, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and certain straight-line winds. But what if you have a … Continue reading

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Five home office deduction mistakes

If you operate a business out of your home, you may be able to deduct a wide variety of expenses. These may include part of your rent or mortgage costs, insurance, utilities, repairs, maintenance, and cleaning costs related to the … Continue reading

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Don’t assume it’s correct, just because it’s the IRS

Quotes from actual IRS correspondence received by clients: “Our records show we received a 1040X…for the tax year listed above. We’re sorry but we cannot find it.” “Our records show you owe a balance due of $0.00. If we do … Continue reading

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New job? Four choices for your existing 401(k)

Changing jobs and companies can be an exciting opportunity, but you have a choice to make. What will you do with the retirement savings you have accrued in your 401(k)? Consider these four choices: Withdraw the money and don’t reinvest … Continue reading

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Cosigning a loan can hurt financially and emotionally

Cosigning a loan for a friend or family member may seem like a good way to help your loved one establish credit or get back on track financially. But be sure to use your head as well as your heart … Continue reading

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