States offer tax filing relief in wake of COVID-19 outbreak

As the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the country, different states’ departments of revenue are offering various forms of tax relief, from extending tax filing deadlines to deferring sales tax. Legislative activity is moving quickly and changing daily. As of March 23, 2020, 39 states, along with various municipalities,  have issued […]

Are you withholding enough? Now is a good time to check

Due to the massive changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the 2019 filing season resulted in a few surprises. Some filers who have gotten a refund in past years wound up owing money. The IRS reports that the number of refunds paid this year is down from last year — and the average […]

Divorce may be even more taxing under TCJA

Divorce is never easy, emotionally or financially, and now with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the process can be even more taxing. Prior to the passage of the sweeping tax reform law at the end of 2017, a divorced spouse paying alimony could deduct those payments from his or her reportable income when filing […]

Fundamental tax truths for C corporations

The flat 21 percent federal income tax rate for C corporations under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has been great news for these entities and their owners. But some fundamental tax truths for C corporations largely remain the same: C corporations are subject to double taxation. Double taxation occurs when corporate income is taxed […]

Clear these hurdles to benefit from deducting investment interest expense

As you likely know by now, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) reduced or eliminated many deductions for individuals. One itemized deduction the TCJA kept intact is for investment interest expense. This is interest on debt used to buy assets held for investment, such as margin debt used to buy securities. But if you […]

Pay too little in taxes last year? IRS offers relief for underpayment

Many taxpayers saw a bump in their take-home pay last year as a result of the lower tax rates and increased standard deduction thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. That’s the good news. On the other hand, some taxpayers may have had too little tax withheld in 2018, exposing them to potential penalties […]

Calculating QBI deduction can be complex and time-consuming

One of the more beneficial provisions of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act for individuals and small business owners is the new qualified business income (QBI) deduction under Section 199A. Eligible taxpayers may be entitled to a deduction of up to 20 percent of QBI, a significant tax savings for owners of sole proprietorships, […]

Could ‘bunching’ medical expenses into 2018 save you tax?

Some of your medical expenses may be tax deductible, but only if you itemize deductions and have enough expenses to exceed the applicable floor for deductibility. With proper planning, you may be able to time controllable medical expenses to your tax advantage. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) could make bunching such expenses into […]

Tax law makes planning for investments more complicated

For investors, fall is a good time to review year-to-date gains and losses. Not only can it help you assess your financial health, but it also can help you determine whether to buy or sell investments before year end to save taxes. This year, you also need to keep in mind the impact of the […]