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Due to COVID-19, the IRS Pushes Tax Deadline Back to July 15

The traditional tax day of April 15 has passed and millions of Americans are taking advantage of the three-month reprieve given by the federal government and many states in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Depending on your individual circumstances, you might be looking to file as quickly as possible in order to collect your refund. Read More

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Potential Tax Effects Associated with the CARES Act Stimulus

Since March, federal and state governments have engaged in a variety of methods designed to safeguard Americans’ health and financial security in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. At any time, taxes have a direct impact on our lives, so it’s natural that some of the key provisions of the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, Read More

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Beware the GST tax when transferring assets to grandchildren

As you plan your estate, don’t overlook the generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax. Despite a generous $5.49 million GST tax exemption, complexities surrounding its allocation can create several tax traps for the unwary. GST basics The GST tax is a flat, 40% tax on transfers to “skip persons,” including grandchildren, other family members more than a generation Read More

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Tax Reform Goals Outlined

The U.S. House Budget Committee has released a 2018 Budget Resolution titled “Building a Better America,” which aims to balance the budget within 10 years and end fiscal year 2027 with a $9 billion surplus. The deficit-neutral proposal includes a simplified tax code, lower individual and corporate tax rates, repeal of the alternative minimum tax, Read More

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Treasury Regulations

Tax regs listed on the chopping block under executive order. President Trump directed federal agencies to review all “significant tax regulations” issued on or after 1/1/16 that impose an undue financial burden on U.S. taxpayers or add undue complexity to the tax laws. The Treasury Department has identified eight regs that potentially qualify for burden Read More

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Tax Reform

President Trump’s budget would restrict eligibility for two credits. President Trump’s budget proposal for the 2018 fiscal year, titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” aims to cut approximately $3.6 trillion in government spending over the next decade. Some of the cuts would be attributable to eligibility changes relating to the earned income tax credit (EITC) Read More

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Alimony Deduction – Get it in writing

A taxpayer who pays alimony to an ex-spouse per a written divorce or separation agreement can generally deduct the agreed-upon alimony on his or her tax return. In one case, a taxpayer made an oral agreement to pay his ex-wife substantially more than he was required to pay per the written agreement, out of his Read More

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Will we see tax reform in 2017?

Next up for House Republicans in Congress: tax reform. After the lengthy health care debate, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives will now turn their focus to tax reform, hoping to reach agreement before year end. However, new uncertainties about what the final tax package will contain may make it an uphill battle, mainly over policy Read More

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White House Tax Proposal

White House tax proposals. The Trump administration is calling for a large decrease in the corporate tax rate from 35 to 15%. The proposal is NOT formal legislation but is an outline composed of broad principles. It also cuts the top rate on pass-through businesses, including sole proprietorships, from 39.6% to 15% and makes other Read More

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