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Reduce Your Taxes with the Child Care Tax Credit

If you paid someone to care for a person in your household last year while you worked or looked for work, then you may be able to take the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit and reduce the amount of tax owed. Here are 12 facts you should know about this important tax credit: Child,…

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Updated Withholding Tables for 2016

Updated income-tax withholding tables for 2016 have been released. The newly revised version contains percentage method income-tax withholding tables and related information that employers need to implement these changes. In addition, employers should continue withholding Social Security tax at the rate of 6.2 percent of wages paid. The Social Security wage base limit remains at…

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Missing Your Form W-2?

You should receive a Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, from each of your employers for use in preparing your federal tax return. Employers must furnish this record of 2015 earnings and withheld taxes no later than February 1, 2016. If mailed, allow a few days for delivery. If you do not receive your Form…

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Job Search Expenses May Be Deductible

New year, new job? If you’ve decided it’s time to move on from your current position and look for a new one, you may be able to deduct some of your job search costs. Here’s what you need to know: Same Occupation. You can’t deduct expenses for a job search in a new occupation; your…

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ALEs: Information Reporting and Health Coverage

The Affordable Care Act requires applicable large employers (ALEs) to file information reporting returns with the IRS and their employees. ALEs are generally those employers with 50 or more full-time employees, including full-time equivalent employees in the preceding calendar year. The vast majority of employers are not ALEs and are not subject to this provision.…

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Tax Brackets, Deductions and Exemptions for 2016

More than 50 tax provisions, including the tax rate schedules, and other tax changes are adjusted for inflation in 2016. Let’s take a look at the ones most likely to affect taxpayers like you. The tax rate of 39.6 percent affects singles whose income exceeds $415,050 ($466,950 for married taxpayers filing a joint return), up…

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Tangible Property Expensing Threshold Increases

The safe harbor threshold for small businesses deducting certain capital items has increased from $500 to $2,500. The new $2,500 threshold takes effect starting with tax year 2016. In addition, the IRS will provide audit protection to eligible businesses by not challenging use of the new $2,500 threshold in tax years prior to 2016. The…

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10 Tax Breaks Reauthorized for Tax Year 2015

Congress took action in late December and passed a tax extender bill formally known as the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH), which was then signed into law. Retroactive to January 1, 2015, many tax provisions were made permanent while others were extended through 2016 or 2019. Let’s take a look at some of…

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Health Flexible Spending Arrangements in 2016

Eligible employees should begin planning now to take full advantage of their employer’s health flexible spending arrangement (FSA) during 2016. FSAs provide employees a way to use tax-free dollars to pay medical expenses not covered by other health plans. Because eligible employees need to decide how much to contribute through payroll deductions before the plan…

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Retirement Contribution Limits Announced for 2016

The Internal Revenue Service has announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2016. In general, the pension plan limitations will not change for 2016 because the increase in the cost-of-living index did not meet the statutory thresholds that trigger their adjustment. However, other limitations…

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