More Adult Children Opting to Live with Parents

What's the most common living arrangement for young adults today? For the first time in 130 years, more young people ages 18 to 34 opt to live with their parents, rather than move out on their own or with a spouse or friend, according to a recent study by the not-for-profit Pew Research Center. Here's more on this trend, including possible reasons, reactions from parents and their live-in adult Continue Reading

10 Midyear Tax Planning Moves Inspired by the PATH Act

Numerous tax breaks have been retroactively expanded for 2015 and beyond — or, in some cases, been made permanent — under the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015. Now that the dust from the new law has settled, individuals and small business owners can plan ahead with these 10 midyear tax strategies inspired by the recent legislation. 5 Tax Breaks for Individuals Continue Reading

Heavy Vehicle Purchases Offer Significant Business Tax Breaks…For Now

Favorable depreciation rules for business use of "heavy" SUVs, pickups and vans were locked in by the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015. By taking advantage of these rules, you may be able to write off the entire business-use portion of a heavy vehicle's cost in the first year. Here's how it works. Depreciation Deductions for Lighter Vehicles The PATH Act extended Continue Reading

IRS Reveals List of Top Tax Scams for 2016

The IRS kicked off tax filing season by publishing a series of press releases that highlight the "dirty dozen" tax scams for this year. Although there are no major surprises, it's important to note that these scams have become increasingly technology-driven in recent years. Taxpayers can use this list to avoid becoming the victim or perpetrator of fraud. 1. Identity Theft Tax-related Continue Reading

Five Last-Minute Moves to Lower Your 2015 Tax Bill

Tax Day is right around the corner. Have you filed your federal tax return yet? The filing deadline to submit 2015 individual federal income tax returns is Monday, April 18, 2016, rather than the traditional April 15 date. Washington, D.C., will celebrate Emancipation Day on Friday, April 15, which pushes the deadline to the following Monday for most of the nation. The deadline will be Tuesday, Continue Reading

Get More Bang for Your Buck with Tax-Favored Employee Benefits

2016 ushers in a few changes to the tax laws that govern benefits, as the IRS recently laid out in its annual "Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits." The document features important clarifications, not just identifying which benefits are and aren't tax-exempt to employees, but also the fine points of tests that tax-exempt benefits must satisfy to maintain that status. Here are some of the changes Continue Reading

Important Tax Figures for 2016

The following table provides some important federal tax information for 2016, as compared with 2015. Many of the dollar amounts are unchanged or have changed only slightly due to low inflation. Other amounts are changing due to legislation. Social Security/ Medicare 2016 2015 Social Security Tax Wage Base $118,500 $118,500 Medicare Tax Wage Base No limit No Continue Reading

Lose Weight, Gain a Tax Deduction

It's hard getting motivated to lose weight, but here's something that might help: The IRS  recognizes obesity as a disease and allows taxpayers to deduct certain weight-loss expenses. (IRS Revenue Ruling 2002-19) Prior to this ruling, taxpayers could only deduct weight-loss expenses to treat a condition "associated" with obesity (such as high blood pressure) -- not the obesity itself. But as Continue Reading

2015 Year-End Tax Planning Tips for Small Businesses

Virtually all small business owners are frustrated with our current tax system. In fact, five out of today's Top 10 small business concerns relate to state and federal tax issues, according to the Small Business Problems and Priorities survey released by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), a small business advocacy group. Small businesses are most frustrated by the complexity Continue Reading