If you're thinking about retirement and the money you'd like to save up ahead of time, there are a few tips on when--and how--to get started.
Tax planning and preparation is an essential part of an overall financial plan. To make the most of your income and assets, it’s important to consider the tax implications of every financial move you make. Likewise, an understanding of the wide range of investment choices available is beneficial in the effort to keep your tax obligations to a minimum.
If you recently adopted a child or are currently in the process, you may be able to claim tax benefits for the costs associated with your adoption efforts. Here are the basics on how to qualify and what costs you may be able to claim.
If you are in the midst of a divorce, or if your divorce was finalized in 2015, your tax return will require extra attention this year. It’s important to consult with a qualified tax professional to ensure that your return is completed properly and accurately and that you claim all of the tax benefits to which you are entitled.
Below are just a few of the questions that your recent or pending divorce may raise about your return.
If you pay someone who is not your employee in connection with your trade our business, you may be required to file Form 1099-MISC to report these payments. If you’re unsure whether you need to submit a 1099-MISC for expenses you’ve paid, these guidelines will help you decide.
Generally speaking, you must file a 1099-MISC and provide a copy to the recipient of payments
- To someone who is not your employee
- Who is an individual, partnership, or estate (or in limited circumstances, to a corporation)
- In an amount of at least $600
- For services in the course of your trade or
Filing taxes for the first time doesn’t have to be intimidating. Doing it right does require a certain amount of focus and organization, however. Taking these steps will help you to ensure that your first tax return is accurate and complete.
If you or some members of your family had health insurance during 2015, you’ll want to keep an eye out for Form 1095, which should arrive in the mail sometime in early 2016. Make sure to keep this form with your W-2s and other income tax forms that your tax preparer will need.
Depending on what type of health insurance you had or were offered during 2015, you will get one of three 1095 forms.
You’re welcoming a new child into your family. Congratulations! This young person will bring many things into your life – joy, frustration, love, anxiety, additional costs, and, thankfully, additional tax benefits. Here are some of the ways your tax return may change this year:
Prior to 2014, taxpayers who wished to claim the home office deduction had to fill out a lengthy form (Form 8829) and often make complex calculations in order to do so. In an effort to lighten the burden on small, home-based businesses, however, the IRS introduced a simplified method for taking the home office deduction, which became available for the first time for tax year 2013. This new, simplified method makes it easy to claim the home office deduction to which you’re entitled.
What is the Gift Tax?
The gift tax is a tax levied on the transfer of property from one person to another in exchange for nothing or for less than the property’s full value. While this seems to cover many transactions that most of us make many times throughout the year, the exceptions to the gift tax actually make taxable gifts fairly rare.