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Tax Credits – 2020

The IRS released the inflation adjusted tax credits for 2020. See if you may qualify. Earned Income Tax Credit – This is a refundable tax credit for those with earned income that meet the eligibility requirements. The maximum Earned Income Credit for 2020 is $6,660 for qualifying taxpayers who have three or more qualifying children, […]

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2020 Retirement Savings Accounts

Are you dreaming about your retirement? It is important to save for your golden years so your golden years are golden. The IRS has increased contribution limits for various retirement savings accounts for 2020. Here are some key figures: 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan The 2020 contribution limit […]

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Key Social Security Figures – 2020

The Social Security Administration released key figures for 2020. Social Security and Supplemental Security Income Benefits – Social Security and Supplemental Security Income recipients should see an increase in their benefits for 2020.  Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 69 million Americans will increase 1.6 percent in 2020.  The 1.6 percent […]

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New Simplified 1040-SR for Seniors

The IRS has released a draft of Form 2019 1040-SR.  This is a U.S. tax return for seniors (individuals age 65 or older).  This is a simplified form (similar to the former 1040-EZ, but will be for seniors only). However, unlike the 1040-EZ, Social Security and distributions from qualified retirement plans, annuities or similar deferred-payment arrangements […]

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Is Summer Camp Deductible?

Summer Camp May Qualify for the Child and Dependent Care Credit Has your child attended day camp this summer?  If so, you may qualify for the Child and Dependent Care Credit. Following are some requirements to qualify: the child is under the age of 13 at the time of the camp  – or –  the child can […]

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IRS Sending Letters to Virtual Currency Owners

Have you received income from virtual currency transactions?  If so, this income must be reported on your tax return.  The IRS has begun sending letters to taxpayers with virtual currency transactions that potentially failed to report income and pay the resulting tax from virtual currency transactions or did not report their transactions properly. “Taxpayers should […]

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Happy Summer! Did your income change this year?

Keep in mind that income tax is a “pay as you go” system. If your income changed during the year compared to last year then it may be necessary to set up or change estimated tax payments. We are here year round so don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions or would […]

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Health Savings Accounts

There is still time to make a contribution to your Health Savings Account and get the tax deduction (if you qualify).  You have until April 15th, 2019 but be sure you make it a “2018 tax year contributions”.

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Required Minimum Distributions: IRAs, pensions, etc.

RMD!! Did you turn age 70 1/2? Did you take your Required Minimum Distribution from your IRA, SEP or Simple? Or from your retirement plan if required?  If so, you can rest easy…..For IRA’s, SEPs and SIMPLEs, YOU MUST TAKE YOUR RMD by April 1 of the year following you year you turn 70 1/2. There […]

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A NEW credit for “Other Dependents”

CHANGES TO THE CHILD TAX CREDIT & the Addition of a New Credit!!! The new maximum Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $2,000 per eligible child. To qualify, the child must not yet be age 17 by the end of the tax year. Dependents who can’t be claimed for the child tax credit may still qualify […]

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