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Reminder: Fourth Quarter Estimated Taxes Now Due

Mon, Jan 14th 2019
If you have not already done so, now is the time to review your tax situation and make an estimated quarterly tax payment using Form 1040-ES. The 2018 fourth-quarter due date is now here. Normal due date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 Remember you are required to withhold at least 90 percent of your current tax obligation or 100 percent of last year’s federal tax obligation.* A quick look at last year’s tax return and a projection of this year’s obligation can help determine if a payment is... Read More »

5 things to START doing in the new year

Mon, Jan 7th 2019
New Year’s resolutions usually involve stopping things like eating, drinking and spending too much – and so on. You know the drill. However, according to U.S. News & World Report, 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week in February. Why not switch things up this year? Instead of setting yourself up for disappointment by attempting to abolish negative behavior, why not start doing some positive things? You’ll improve your quality of life and maybe even help the world.... Read More »

The Top Things You Can Do Now to Cut Your Tax Bill

Tue, Dec 18th 2018
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – tax planning time. The Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) means many people will see lower tax bills this year, but that doesn’t mean you should pass on tax planning. Below, we look at moves you can make to pay less taxes. Max Out Your Retirement Account Who would you rather pay, yourself or the government? I’m willing to gamble that you chose yourself. If you did, then one of the easiest moves you can make is to contribute to a Traditional or Roth IRA. For... Read More »

What's the best type of business entity for tax purposes?

Mon, Dec 10th 2018
There are several major types of business entities, including S Corporations, C Corporations, Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) and being self-employed. Each type of structure has its own advantages and disadvantages when it comes to taxes, assets and liability protection. Generally, certain types of businesses are best for certain professions from a tax perspective; however, with the tax law changes last year it may be time to reconsider. Under the current tax law, what used to be the best... Read More »

6 Last-Second Money-Saving Tax Moves

Mon, Dec 3rd 2018
As 2018 winds down, there is still time to reduce your potential tax obligation. Here are some ideas to make your 2018 tax return less of a burden on your wallet: Accelerate expenses. Individual taxpayers are on the cash basis for income tax purposes. This means your income is taxable when you receive it and expenses count when you pay them. Depending on your situation, shifting deductions between years can make a big difference on your tax bill. With this knowledge, making additional... Read More »