Save on Taxes While Doing Good

If you own assets that have appreciated significantly over the years, you may be able to profit more by giving them away than by selling them.

By setting up a charitable remainder trust (CRT), you can transform a future tax liability into a current tax break, receive a steady source of income for the rest of your life and leave a gift to your favorite charity. (more…)

Navigating the SALT Deduction

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) limits itemized deductions for state and local tax (SALT) payments for 2018 through 2025. This unfavorable tax law change is especially unpopular in states with high income or property taxes (or both). The limitation remains in effect, despite repeated calls to repeal it. (See “How Will the SALT Rules Shake Out?” at right.) (more…)

Should You Extend Your 2022 Tax Return?

In a statement posted to its website on February 3, 2023, the IRS asked certain taxpayers to temporarily hold off on filing their 2022 returns until it could issue guidance on how to treat special tax refunds and payments made by approximately 20 states in 2022. The IRS published additional guidance to resolve this issue a week later — clarifying that most taxpayers needn’t report state relief payments as income on their 2022 returns. (more…)

Top 3 Federal Tax Law Changes that Could Affect Your Business Return

Every tax season, business owners must familiarize themselves with tax law changes that went into effect for that tax year. Fortunately, businesses don’t have to contend with sweeping changes for 2022. But there are three major ones that could affect business taxpayers as they file federal income tax returns this year for 2022. (more…)

New Tax Law Improves Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) Benefits

Seniors who must take withdrawals from their IRAs may be able to benefit from a special tax provision for qualified charitable distributions (QCDs). Briefly stated, this provision allows people in their 70s and older to transfer funds directly from an IRA to a charity without any adverse tax consequences. The new SECURE 2.0 law enhances these tax benefits, beginning in 2023. (more…)

Key SECURE 2.0 Provisions for Employers

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement 2.0 Act (SECURE 2.0) includes important changes that will affect employer-sponsored retirement plans and self-employed people looking to save for retirement. Here’s an overview of key provisions for small business owners who currently offer a retirement plan — or want to add retirement saving benefits in the future. (more…)

Tax Planning Can Reduce Adoption Costs

Adoptions plummeted during the COVID pandemic, but the adoption rate is slowly rebounding. If you’re among those considering adopting a child, you need to know about the various tax breaks that can make the experience more affordable. (more…)

Ten Reasons to Have a Will and Estate Plan

If you already have a last will and testament, then you’re among the minority of the population. Great planning! However, for those of you who don’t have a will, we understand some of the reasons why you hesitate to formally plan your estate. (more…)

Can You Deduct Contingent Attorneys’ Fees?

Sometimes attorneys will charge clients contingent fees based on the outcome of a case, rather than billing a flat or hourly fee for services rendered. However, the federal income tax treatment of contingent fees paid to an attorney out of a taxable nonbusiness judgment or settlement has historically been a source of confusion and litigation between taxpayers and the IRS. (more…)

5 Major Tax-Favored Retirement Plan Changes for Individuals under New Law

After months of negotiations, Congress finally passed the long-awaited Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement 2.0 Act (SECURE 2.0). This part of the omnibus funding package builds on the SECURE Act of 2019 and contains major changes in the required minimum distribution (RMD) rules and other retirement provisions. Here are five major taxpayer friendly changes that will kick in over the next few years. (more…)