Education

Picking out a college? See if it qualifies.

Some people are surprised when little Johnny or Jane’s college or school they picked out ends up NOT being eligible for a tax credit. Qualified institutions include any college, university, vocational school, or other post secondary educational institution eligible to participate in a student aid program run by the U.S. Department of Education.  This includes most […]

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College costs getting you down?

Well perk up!!!! Your kids will be smart and more well-rounded AND the IRS is giving you the added bonus of many possible tax incentives.  Woohoo!!! Fantastic! What are these special incentives…well, here’s a few to wrap your mind around…. The American Opportunity Credit….an education credit of up to $2,500 for qualified higher education costs.  […]

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Off campus housing-fun AND deductible!

Tempted to use off-campus housing instead of the dorms?  Sure you can!!!!  Although some colleges have rules regarding students staying on campus, many times it is allowable to stay off campus.  You CAN deduct this cost as a qualified higher education expense when taking distributions from a Qualified Tuition Program, aka 529 plan. Among other […]

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December 2015 Newsletter

Happy Holidays!!!! From all the festive folks at Billings & Company, CPAs to all of our fun-loving and fabulous friends, we would like to wish you the happiest of holidays!!!! Happy holidays……happy holidays………may the tax breaks be bringing happy holidays to you……. Here are some last minute tax tips that you still have time to take advantage […]

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HSA’s-Holiday Season Adventure? R U Ready?

You’ve got nothing to do this time of year right?  Diligently searching to find something to fill your time?  Well, maybe not…but still…… Here’s a little adventure for you to spend some time on…..think about an HSA.   It’s a bit of a Holiday Season Adventure figuring out the in’s and out’s of an HSA….a Health Savings Account.  Where […]

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Tax Extenders ….a car to match your outfits!

So Congress still hasn’t approved the normal group of tax extenders….items they end up approving every year…at the end of the year… and making retroactive to the beginning of the year.  Reason for this?  They like to tack on extra stuff to get them passed with the package of extenders…..  eye roll.  Also, when they show […]

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Save for College AND Save on Taxes

Time flies!  We all know that.  One day you’re changing a diaper and the next you are buying a mini refrigerator for the dorm room.  Make paying for that dorm room a bit less painful. The earlier you start setting aside money for college the better.  Putting away money from day 1 of your child’s […]

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Going away to college?

Well, congrats!   A little change of scenery is sometimes nice.   Hopefully you won’t miss the weather here too much. Don’t forget about your State and Local tax filings.  You probably will still need to file an Ohio tax return and a local tax return if you are returning here for summers and holidays. As long […]

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