The Mutual Fund Tax Surprise!

Some tax planning tips for mutual fund investors From a tax planning viewpoint heading into the 2021 tax season, here are some great mutual fund tips to avoid a tax surprise. Unless noted otherwise, these tips assume your mutual fund investment is outside of a retirement account like a 401(k) or traditional IRA. Long-term gains…

Turn Losses Into Tax Savings

Capital loss, casualty loss or net operating loss — a loss by any name causes a financial setback. It’s something no one likes to think about, much less experience. But if you do suffer a loss, tax laws may provide a measure of relief in the form of a refund or lower taxable income. Here…

Think Twice Before Amending a Tax Return

Is it always a good idea to amend your tax return if you find an error? There’s usually an element of relief after your annual tax return has been filed. But what do you do if you find an error on your tax return? Should you always file an amended return? Here are some things…

Avoid These 5 Big Tax Mistakes

Don’t let them happen to you! Every year taxpayers are hit with tax surprises that could be avoided if they just knew the rules. Here are five big ones that are easy to avoid with some simple planning: Mistake #1.Not paying estimated taxes.This results in a tax surprise when you don’t calculate an estimate of…

Prepare Your Estate for Higher Taxes

During these hot summer months, discussions about federal tax legislation are heating up in Washington D.C. Sweeping estate tax changes have been proposed, including a reduced estate and gift tax exemption, higher estate tax rates, and a repeal of the step-up in basis rule. Although these changes are a long way from fruition and likely…

Hints to Audit Proof Your Tax Return

Audit rates for individuals are at historic lows. The overall rate is down to a minuscule 0.45% for 2019. But recent proposals out of Washington D.C. would give the IRS up to $80 billion for auditing upper-income taxpayers. And when you consider households with income over $87,000 are considered to be in the top 25%…

Different Tax Rules for Different Assets

Know the rules and avoid a tax surprise! Are you thinking about making a major purchase? Whether that purchase is your primary house, a rental property, shares of stock or a piece of art, begin with the end in mind by thinking through how the property you’re buying is treated for tax purposes when you…

Beware the Tax Torpedo!

Large retirement account balances can cause Social Security tax problems Building a nest egg and holding a majority of your assets in your retirement accounts as long as possible may seem like a good idea, but waiting longer than you need to start taking distributions can also cause a tax problem. When you reach age…

Late Tax Law Changes…AGAIN!

What you need to know In what is becoming a terrible habit, Congress and the Executive office have once again changed tax laws in the final days of the tax year. The problem Beyond the additional billions added to the national debt, this habit is anything but good will towards men. It requires scrambling from:…