Take Retirement Plan Distributions by December 31

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Take Retirement Plan Distributions by December 31

Taxpayers born before July 1, 1946, generally must receive payments from their individual retirement arrangements (IRAs) and workplace retirement plans by December 31. Known as required minimum distributions (RMDs), typically these distributions must be made by the end of the tax year, in this case, 2016. The required distribution rules apply to owners of traditional,…

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Reminder: College Tax Credits for 2016

With another school year in full swing, now is a good time for parents and students to see if they qualify for either of two college tax credits or other education-related tax benefits when they file their 2016 federal income tax returns next year. American Opportunity Tax Credit or Lifetime Learning Credit. In general, the American…

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Employee or Independent Contractor–Which is it?

  If you hire someone for a long-term, full-time project or a series of projects that are likely to last for an extended period, you must pay special attention to the difference between independent contractors and employees. Why It Matters The Internal Revenue Service and state regulators scrutinize the distinction between employees and independent contractors,…

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2016 Recap: Tax Provisions for Businesses

Whether you file as a corporation or sole proprietor, here’s what business owners need to know about tax changes for 2016. Standard Mileage Rates  The standard mileage rates in 2016 are as follows: 54 cents per business mile driven, 19 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, and 14 cents per mile driven…

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2016 Tax Provisions for Individuals: A Review

Many of the tax changes affecting individuals and businesses for 2016, arose from the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH) which modified or made permanent numerous tax breaks (the so-called “tax extenders”). To complicate matters, some provisions were extended only through 2016, and are set to expire at the end of this…

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The Affordable Care Act and You

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 resulted in several changes to the U.S. tax code that affect individuals purchasing health care insurance through the health care exchanges. Let’s take a closer look at what it all means for you. Individual Shared Responsibility Payment Starting January 2014, United States citizens and legal residents…

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Job Search Expenses May Lower Your Taxes

September is often a time of transition, when people decide to make major life decisions–such as changing jobs. If you’re looking for a new job, then you may be able to claim a tax deduction for some of your job hunting expenses–as long as it’s in your same line of work. Here’s what you need…

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A Simple Retirement Plan for the Self-Employed

Of all the retirement plans available to small business owners, the SIMPLE IRA plan (Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees) is the easiest to set up and the least expensive to manage. These plans are intended to encourage small business employers to offer retirement coverage to their employees. SIMPLE IRA plans work well for small…

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Five Basic Tax Tips for New Businesses

If you start a business, one key to success is to know about your federal tax obligations. Not only will you probably need to know about income taxes, you may also need to know about payroll taxes as well. Here are five basic tax tips that can help get your business off to a good…

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Renting Out a Vacation Home

Tax rules on rental income from second homes can be complicated, particularly if you rent the home out for several months of the year, but also use the home yourself. There is however, one provision that is not complicated. Homeowners who rent out their property for 14 or fewer days a year can pocket the…

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