Entries by Mike

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Taking Advantage of Tax-Free Gifting

If you are fortunate enough to have a large estate – one large enough to be subject to the estate tax upon your death – you might be considering ways to give away some of your wealth to your family and loved ones now, thereby reducing the estate tax when you pass on. Frequently, taxpayers […]

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Elusive Employee Business Expense Tax Deduction

One major difference between being an employee and being self-employed is how you deduct the expenses you incur related to your work. A self-employed individual is able to deduct expenses on his or her business schedule, while an employee is generally limited to deducting them as itemized deductions. That means self-employed individuals benefit by deducting […]

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August 2017 Individual Due Dates

August 10 – Report Tips to Employer If you are an employee who works for tips and received more than $20 in tips during July, you are required to report them to your employer on IRS Form 4070 no later than August 10. Your employer is required to withhold FICA taxes and income tax withholding […]

QuickBooks Tip: Receiving Customer Payments

It’s one of your more pleasant tasks as a QuickBooks user: receiving payments from customers. Here’s how it works. QuickBooks was designed to make your daily accounting tasks easier, faster, and more accurate. If you’ve been using the software for a while, you’ve probably found that to be true. Some chores, of course, aren’t so […]

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Is Solar Energy Right for You?

It seems like you can’t watch TV these days without being exposed to home solar ads touting free electricity and big tax credits. Be careful, as these savings and tax credits may not be all that they are advertised to be; this depends upon your financial and tax circumstances. Home solar is not necessarily the […]

July 2017 Individual Due Dates

July 1 – Time for a Mid-Year Tax Check Up Time to review your 2017 year-to-date income and expenses to ensure estimated tax payments and withholding are adequate to avoid underpayment penalties. July 10 – Report Tips to Employer If you are an employee who works for tips and received more than $20 in tips […]