Category Individuals


In the loop with IRS news: 3 things every taxpayer should know this August

As the summer winds down, the IRS is gearing up for fall tax deadlines, year-end matters, and continued tax reform courtesy of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. But before all of that, the agency released some significant updates in August. Here are 3 recent IRS news items that impact a broad swath of taxpayers. …


5 little-known tax surprises you should be planning for now

Many people have similar tax situations from year to year, and so they become familiar with the rules and regulations that apply to their personal finances. However, changes in your situation or once-in-a-lifetime events can often have significant tax implications. Here are some of the lesser-known elements of our tax code that tend to trip …


Audit risks for individual taxpayers

The IRS’ audit rate on individual income tax returns was 0.59% last year, which represents the lowest rate in the past 17 years. Households in all tax brackets saw a decline in audit rates, except the $50,000-$75,000 bracket, which experienced a 0.06% increase. Overall, the low audit risk sounds like good news for taxpayers, but …


Are your tax withholdings accurate?

If your 2018 tax return was a doozy, you may want to consider making some changes to your tax withholdings—after all, changes are in the air at the IRS. One of the most common reasons that many taxpayers had smaller refunds (or unexpectedly owed tax) for 2018 were errors in the IRS’ withholding tables. In …


Changes to Retirement Savings: Understanding new and pending rules to help you maximize your savings

Journalists have been calling 2019 the “year of retirement reform” for a couple of reasons. Congress is currently considering several significant retirement bills. If these bills pass, they may have a positive impact on retirement savings. There are significant changes that have already taken effect in 2019. We’re going to give you a rundown on …


Summer Jobs and Taxes: 4 things every young worker should know

Summer has arrived! Whether you’re parked at the pool, planning a fabulous vacation, or just staying cool in the AC, it’s a time when life slows down a bit for many of us. If you have children or grandchildren who are getting ready to begin a summer job—or a recent graduate launching his or her …


Did you extend your tax return for 2018?

Many taxpayers filed extensions this year due to surprises and misunderstandings about the new rules under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. If you extended your tax return and didn’t pay an estimate of the tax you owe, be aware that interest and penalties are now accumulating. When you extend your tax return, it’s in …


Quick tips about tax deductions for individuals

As we’re in the final crunch period to complete 2018 tax returns, we’ve been answering numerous questions about tax deductions. Here are some of the most significant changes our clients are seeing and what they mean for your tax bill this year. Are my contributions to charity still deductible? The short answer: yes, if you …


Do you owe taxes for the first time in 2018?

Many people elect to have their income withheld at a higher rate in order to receive a large tax refund each year. While we generally don’t advise giving the government an interest-free loan, many enjoy getting the big payback in April. For 2018, the first tax year under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), …


Dependent tax credits aren’t just for children

If you’re a parent, you may remember filing your taxes the year after your first child was born. Did you get excited about claiming a dependent on your tax return for the first time? Guess what: the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act doubled the tax credit to $2,000 for each dependent. Up to $1,400 of …

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