The power of the tax credit for buying an electric vehicle

Although electric vehicles (or EVs) are a small percentage of the cars on the road today, they’re increasing in popularity all the time. And if you buy one, you may be eligible for a federal tax break. The tax code provides a credit to purchasers of qualifying plug-in electric drive motor vehicles including passenger vehicles […]

Can you deduct charitable gifts on your tax return?

Many taxpayers make charitable gifts — because they’re generous and they want to save money on their federal tax bills. But with the tax law changes that went into effect a couple years ago and the many rules that apply to charitable deductions, you may no longer get a tax break for your generosity. Are […]

Check deductibility before making year-end charitable gifts

As the holidays approach and the year draws to a close, many taxpayers make charitable gifts — both in the spirit of the season and as a year-end tax planning strategy. But with the tax law changes that go into effect in 2018 and the many rules that apply to the charitable deduction, it’s a […]

IRS gives more disaster victims time to make tax payments

Disaster victims in parts of North Carolina and South Carolina will have more time to make some tax payments in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Much of coastal North Carolina and South Carolina are still recovering from massive flooding after Hurricane Florence made landfall on Sept. 14. As a result, the IRS has announced that […]

Back-to-school time means a tax break for teachers

When teachers are setting up their classrooms for the new school year, it’s common for them to pay for a portion of their classroom supplies out of pocket. A special tax break allows these educators to deduct some of their expenses. This educator expense deduction is especially important now due to some changes under the […]

Sending your kids to day camp may provide a tax break

When school lets out, kids participate in a wide variety of summer activities. If one of the activities your child is involved with is day camp, you might be eligible for a tax credit. This includes camps that specialize in a particular activity, such as baseball, soccer, computers, etc. This does not include school- and […]

Florida taxpayers eligible for sales tax breaks for donating to scholarship programs

Taxpayers in Florida have some more options this year to donate to scholarship programs and receive a break on their taxes. Florida Sales Tax Credit Scholarship Program: Under legislation that was signed recently by Gov. Rick Scott, those renting or leasing property can receive a 100 percent credit on the sales tax imposed on the […]

‘Extender’ bill revives some expired tax provisions

Congress approved this month some last-minute tax law changes to extend some expired provisions into the 2017 tax year. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 extends some tax provisions that expired at the end of 2016. It is commonly referred to as an “extender” bill because it extends expired provisions through the 2017 tax year. […]

Tax deductions for charitable giving require documentation

How much did you donate to charity last year? Can you prove it? In order to take all the charitable contributions you are due on your taxes each year, you must provide documentation of the amount donated and to which organization. The rules vary based on the type of donation – cash, in-kind, property, securities, […]