Category - Taxes

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Plan Ahead for Next Year’s Taxes
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Planning to give to charities: should you consider a donor-advised fund?
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Did You Know You Can Donate Travel Miles?
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After the Taxes are Completed
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Free Tax Filing and Preparation for Military Members

Plan Ahead for Next Year’s Taxes

The Huffington Post writes, “You might still be focused on surviving 2020, but when it comes to taxes, it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead.” There are some people who plan all year and work with professionals like an accountant and a Fee-Only financial advisor. Others might start thinking about the following year’s taxes after the winter holidays.  

At the end of last month, the IRS shared changes to the tax code that will be in place for 2021. The tax brackets did not change but they did adjust the income amounts for each bracket because of inflation.

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Planning to give to charities: should you consider a donor-advised fund?

It hasn’t been covered much, but charitable donation deductions were almost eliminated for the middle class in the tax “reforms”. You can only deduct your charitable contributions if you decide to itemize, and your allowable itemized deductions exceed $12,000 for a single and $24,000 for married filing jointly—and remember, all state and local taxes are capped at $10,000, no matter what your property tax is. If your mortgage interest is significant or your itemized deductions will exceed these caps, your charitable deductions will still be deductible. If not, nada.

There’s one exception. For the 2020 tax year, you can separately …

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Did You Know You Can Donate Travel Miles?

When the Finance101 article “Why donating your travel miles is a good idea” was written,  during the holiday season last year,  some of us would have no idea that we would, in a sense, be grounded for months in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. While we mourn our canceled trips and travel opportunities, we still may be able to do some good with the miles we have already accumulated. Instead of saving them all up for the trips you plan to take as travel becomes more feasible, why not donate them now to charitable causes that could really use …

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After the Taxes are Completed

When the tax returns are completed for the year, don’t just put them in the file drawer and forget about them.  Use the data provided to make some good decisions about 2020 withholding and saving patterns.

This is a good time for you to review a recent paystub from 2020.  With tax return results in hand, you can estimate whether you need to adjust your W-4 to change federal withholding, either reducing large refunds or withholding a bit more each pay period to better cover 2020 taxation. Your CPA can assist with this evaluation.

Lastly, refer to your paystub to …

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Free Tax Filing and Preparation for Military Members

One of the little-known benefits of being in the military is access to free tax filing and preparation services. There are several options for military personnel to file their taxes for free, including free tax preparation assistance on base, and free tax prep software you can use to prepare your own taxes and file your taxes online. Some local communities may also offer free tax preparation. We can’t cover each of the local opportunities, but we can let you know about how military members can get free tax preparation on their military installation or through many online tax software programs.… Read More

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