Good to Know Taxpayers may reduce their 2020 taxable income by tens of thousands of dollars by contributing to tax-deductible IRAs, 401(k)s, and other accounts by May 17, 2021. Traditional Deductible IRA Contributions Taxpayers who are unaware of this opportunity or miss the usual April 15, 2021, deadline may contribute to an IRA for 2020…

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Good to Know In mid-March, the IRS announced an extension of time to file individual 2020 income tax returns. The following excerpts were taken directly from IRS press release IR-2021-59, March 17, 2021: “WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced today that the federal income tax filing due date for individuals [including…

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Good to Know Alert-As of the date this blog was written (March 16, 2021) pressure was building to extend 2020 tax return due dates in recognition of COVID challenges. However, taxpayers should assume the due date for personal and business income tax returns remains unchanged unless an official IRS pronouncement indicates otherwise. The IRS recognizes…

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Good to Know If your doctor emailed a 35% discount coupon to your inbox, would you take the free money?  Your clients that are under-utilizing Flexible Spending Arrangements to pay medical and child-care costs may be throwing away free money. How? Contributions to the Flexible Spending Arrangements discussed herein are not subject to income, Social…

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Good to Know The “red flag” expression comes to us courtesy of its first use in 1602 to signal the preparation for war. An IRS audit, while not a declaration of war against a taxpayer, can certainly put an unprepared client in the cross hairs of an unpleasant tax conflict. Before unfurling the red flags,…

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Good to Know The Section 199A deduction, popularly referred to as the 20% Qualified Business Income deduction, was enacted to reduce the disparity in income tax rates between C Corporations and “pass-through businesses.” There is no entity level income tax in pass-through businesses – business gains and losses “pass through” to the business owner’s personal…

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Good to Know In the cosmic order of U.S. tax law, expenses associated with tax-free income are frequently not deductible.  In the case of Payroll Protection Program loans, the IRS went one step further to rule that expenses paid with the proceeds of PPP loan debt were not deductible if the loan was merely expected…

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Good to Know President Trump signed the COVID-19 and Tax Extenders Bill into law on December 27, 2020. This blog will focus upon the following key provisions: Pandemic Relief CARES Act Extensions and Pandemic Provisions Tax Provisions Disaster Tax Relief Tax Extenders Pandemic Relief The bill provides a refundable tax credit in the amount of…

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Good to Know- Elections matter. They matter for a number of reasons, many of which are far more profound than financial effects and, as such, are out of any financial professional’s control. However, the financial advisor or financial planner may help prepare a client for potential tax changes in 2021. If, as a result of…

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