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When Do You Need to File Form 1099-MISC?

Feb 2, 2016 2:04:03 PM / by Jason Shaw posted in Financial Planning

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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.


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Filing Taxes for the First Time? Here’s What You Need to Do.

Jan 15, 2016 12:25:36 PM / by Dave Boelman posted in Tax Services

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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.

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Keep an Eye Out for Form 1095

Dec 28, 2015 1:29:11 PM / by Dave Boelman posted in Tax Services

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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.

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How Your New Child May Affect Your Taxes

Dec 12, 2015 1:23:40 PM / by Dave Boelman posted in Tax Services

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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:

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Using the Simplified Method of Calculating the Home Office Deduction

Dec 9, 2015 1:54:26 PM / by Dave Boelman posted in Tax Services

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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.

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What Is the Gift Tax, and When Does It Apply?

Nov 25, 2015 1:56:52 PM / by Dave Boelman posted in Tax Services

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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.

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I Just Won a Lawsuit! Is My Award Taxable?

Nov 11, 2015 1:26:47 PM / by Jason Shaw posted in Financial Planning

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When you receive money from a lawsuit or settlement, it’s important to consider your tax liability before you start spending it. The IRS rules make distinctions between different types of awards when determining what you must claim as income and what you can leave out.

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Tax Tips For Starting a Business

Sep 24, 2015 4:51:41 PM / by Dave Boelman posted in Tax Services

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Starting your own business can be exciting and rewarding.  It is critically important, however, to understand all of your tax and recordkeeping obligations. Use this guide to help you make sure you are ready for tax season.

One of the first things you will need to do is decide what type of business you will establish.  Each carries its own legal and tax requirements.  For detailed information on the types of business taxes to which you may be subject, see http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Business-Taxes.

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Be Alert to the Latest Iowa Tax Scam!

Mar 5, 2015 11:16:35 AM / by Dave Boelman posted in Tax Services

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If you receive an automated call that claims that you are eligible for a refund from the Iowa Department of Revenue, you may be a target of new tax scam. To further mislead call recipients, the perpetrators have very cleverly managed to make the Iowa Department of Revenue’s general taxpayer services number (515-281-3114) appear on caller IDs; however, that number is never used for automated calls.

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Beware of IRS-Impersonation Phone Scams!

Dec 20, 2014 11:30:57 AM / by Dave Boelman posted in Tax Services

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We have been receiving calls about the latest tax scams that are appearing throughout the country.

An aggressive and sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, has been making the rounds. Callers fraudulently claim to be employees of the IRS. These con artists can sound convincing, using fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.

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