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Senate Passes $3,000 Child Tax Credit for 2021

An expanded child tax credit for 2021 is about to become law. After some procedural wrangling, the Senate narrowly approved President Biden’s stimulus package to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic and stimulate the economy. Because the Senate made some changes to the House-crafted bill, titled the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“American Rescue Plan”), […]
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DON’T MISS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR A SPOUSAL IRA

Article Highlights: Spousal IRA Compensation Requirements Maximum Contribution Traditional or Roth IRA? One frequently overlooked tax benefit is the spousal IRA. Generally, IRA contributions are only allowed for taxpayers who have compensation (the term “compensation” includes wages, tips, bonuses, professional fees, commissions, taxable alimony received, and net income from self-employment). Spousal IRAs are the exception […]
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HOW DO YOU CREATE PRICE LEVELS IN QUICKBOOKS?

You already know that when you create a product or service record in QuickBooks, you must assign a sale price to it. But did you know that QuickBooks gives you a great deal of flexibility when to comes to pricing items you sell? The software allows you to create one or more additional Price Levels that you […]
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DON’T MISS OUT ON YEAR-END TAX-PLANNING OPPORTUNITIES

Article Highlights: Unemployment Benefits Taxability To Skip or Not Skip the 2020 Required Minimum Distribution Special Charitable Giving Opportunities Divorced or Separated Planning Issues Potential State Health Insurance Penalties Dealing with Disaster Losses in 2020 Retroactive Kiddie Tax Rules – Amended Opportunity Retroactive Tax Benefits May Provide Refunds Preparing for Home Sale Reporting Avoiding Underpayment […]
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ARE YOU KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR INVESTMENT BASIS?

Article Highlights: What is Basis? Cost Basis Gift Basis Inherited Basis Events that Adjust Basis First In, First Out In taxes, there is a saying: “Those who keep records win.” If you are an investor, you may own real property or have a variety of securities, including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, etc. When you sell […]
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THERE IS MORE TO DEDUCTING HEALTH INSURANCE THAN MEETS THE EYE

Article Highlights: Itemized Deduction AGI Limitations What Insurance is Deductible Above-the-Line Deduction for the Self-Employed Income Limitation Subsidized Limitation Health insurance premiums, especially in the wake of the Affordable Care Act, have risen dramatically and are one of the greatest expenses that most individuals pay. Although the cost of health insurance is allowed as part […]
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THE SBA ISSUES A SIMPLIFIED PPP LOAN-FORGIVENESS APPLICATION

Article Highlights: Paycheck Protection Program Loans Forgiveness Application The Small Business Administration (SBA) The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act SBA Forgiveness Form 3508 SBA Forgiveness Form 3508EZ SBA Forgiveness Form 3508S If you are the owner of a small business that obtained a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, you are most likely aware that the […]
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GAMBLING AND TAX GOTCHAS

Article Highlights: Winnings Losses Social Security Income Health Care Insurance Premium Subsidies Medicare B & D Premiums Online Gambling Accounts Gambling is a recreational activity for many taxpayers, and as one might expect, the government takes a cut if you win and won’t allow you to claim a loss in excess of your winnings. In […]
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