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Category: Taxation-Individuals

September 1, 2021

Joint Ownership: Estate Planning Do or Don’t?

Estate planners often tout the virtues of owning property jointly — and with good reason. Joint ownership generally offers several advantages for surviving family members. But this shouldn’t be viewed as a panacea for every estate planning concern. You must also be aware of all the implications. Title Wording Matters – Joint Ownership in Estate Planning Joint ownership requires interests in property by more than one party. The type of joint ownership depends on the wording of the title to… Read more ›

August 13, 2021

Beware of Deductions Claimed for Certain Business Expenses

To be deductible, a business expense must be both ordinary and necessary. An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your field of business. A necessary expense is one that’s helpful and appropriate for your business. The IRS sometimes challenges deductions claimed for certain types of business expenses. In doing so, an examiner might claim that payments made by a corporation to a shareholder for personal items or that are above or below fair market value constitute… Read more ›

August 13, 2021

Partners at Professional Services Firms Cannot Deduct Reimbursable Expenses

Partners in professional service firms must sometimes pay for certain firm-related business expenses out of their own pockets. For instance, a law firm partner may have to personally absorb the costs of entertaining prospective clients who are not on a designated firm-wide list of potential clients for which the firm will reimburse the costs of wining and dining. Also, a partner may incur personal auto expenses to drive to and from client meetings and to and from other locations where… Read more ›

August 5, 2021

Tax-Free Shopping in Virginia and Maryland

DC metropolitan-area shoppers looking for a deal should consider taking advantage of tax-free shopping in Virginia and Maryland starting tomorrow. Below are details for those anticipating purchases in such areas as back-to-school shopping and preparation for the fall season. Virginia (Tax-Free Weekend, August 6-8) School supplies under $20 can be purchased tax-free Apparel/footwear under $100 can be purchased tax-free Additionally, Virginia has made several hurricane and emergency preparedness product purchases available tax-free including: Portable generators less than $1,000 per item… Read more ›

May 27, 2021

Solar Panels Offer More than Tax Savings for Auto Dealers

Solar panel technology is nothing new. However, advancing technology and a concern for the environment created a wide push to adapt to more renewable energy sources. Many electric utility companies are developing or relying more heavily on wind farms, water-powered energy, and farms of solar panels. Some of them are offering credits to consumers for installing solar panels on their property and allowing them to buy any excess energy generated. As a car dealership, there are several benefits to converting… Read more ›

May 24, 2021

Eligible Parents Will Begin Receiving Advance Child Tax Credits July 15

The 2021 advance child tax credit (CTC) payments, which were established under a recent law, will begin being made on July 15, 2021, the IRS announced. The tax agency also stated that “roughly 39 million households — covering 88% of children in the United States — are slated to begin receiving monthly payments without any further action required.” Background Taxpayers are allowed a child tax credit for each qualifying child. The credit was temporarily expanded and made refundable for 2021 by… Read more ›

May 7, 2021

The Biden Administration Proposes Far-reaching Tax Overhaul

President Biden recently announced his $1.8 trillion American Families Plan (AFP), the third step in his Build Back Better policy initiative. The announcement followed the previous releases of the proposed $2.3 trillion American Jobs Plan and the Made in America Tax Plan. These plans propose major investments in various domestic initiatives, such as expanded tax credits for families, offset with tax increases on high-income individual taxpayers and corporations. American Families Plan: Proposed tax changes for the wealthy The American Families… Read more ›

April 30, 2021

President Biden Details His Tax Proposals for Individuals in the American Families Plan

President Biden’s proposals for individual taxpayers were outlined in an April 28 address to Congress and in an 18-page fact sheet released by the White House. The “American Families Plan” contains tax breaks for low- and middle-income taxpayers and tax increases on those “making over $400,000 per year.” Here’s a summary of some of the proposals. Extended tax breaks – American Families Plan Extend the Child Tax Credit (CTC) increases in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) through 2025 and… Read more ›

March 18, 2021

IRS Extends Federal Tax Deadline to May 17

The IRS has announced that the federal tax filing deadline will be extended this year from Thursday, April 15 to Monday, May 17, 2021. New legislation that passed recently, which provides economic, tax and other relief from the pandemic, has created a complex tax filing season for individuals, businesses and tax preparers, leading to the extended deadline. The extension does not impact all tax deadlines, however. First-quarter estimated tax payments are still due April 15. Deadlines for state tax returns… Read more ›

March 17, 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Provides Sweeping Relief Measures for Eligible Families and Businesses

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The $1.9 trillion law is intended to provide far-reaching relief from the economic and other repercussions of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to funding for testing, contact tracing, vaccinations, education, and state and local governments, the ARPA includes extensive relief that could directly impact your finances. Recovery rebates Under ARPA Under the ARPA, many people will receive a third round of direct payments (which… Read more ›