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July 22, 2018 10:46 pm

To catch up on missed depreciation, you must make a change in accounting method. However, this is an automatic change; you don’t need IRS approval but do have to follow procedures. Details on how to...

July 22, 2018 10:43 pm

State estimated taxes are deducted as itemized deductions for the year in which they are paid. For example, 2017 state estimated income taxes paid on April 18, 2017, June 15, 2017, and September 15, 2...

July 22, 2018 10:40 pm

Employee contributions to 401(k) plans are done on an annual basis. There is no period after the end of the year to complete contributions. So unlike IRA contributions that can be made up to the filin...

June 18, 2018 10:54 pm

Legal fees paid in connection with certain whistleblower awards are deductible from gross income; no itemizing is required. One such deductible award is a “Section b” award (which is a mandatory a...

June 18, 2018 10:52 pm

Federal income taxes withheld from a retirement plan distribution, which are listed in box 4 of Form 1099-R, are claimed as a credit on your return against the taxes you owe; they’re reported as tax...

June 18, 2018 10:50 pm

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ended the penalty for not having minimum essential health coverage starting in 2019 (not for 2018). However, an individual without coverage in 2018 may be able to escape the ...

May 30, 2018 11:42 pm

The commission paid to the gallery is a selling expense that reduces the sales proceeds reported for the transaction. Thus, the commission effectively reduces the amount of gain (or increases the amou...

May 30, 2018 11:40 pm

Not for self-employed individuals. For example, an independent contractor filing Schedule C can claim a home office deduction in 2018. However, employees who work from home cannot claim a home office ...

May 30, 2018 11:38 pm

Medicare beneficiaries with modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) over a set amount ($85,000 for single individuals and $170,000 for married persons filing jointly) pay an additional Part B and Part D...

May 21, 2018 11:15 pm

No. Deductions usually must be claimed for the year in which they were paid. There’s no provision in the tax law allowing a person to “save” deductions and use them in a subsequent year....

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No. CDD fees are imposed by a developer to finance the cost of amenities within a community. HOA fees are imposed by the association. These fees are not treated as taxes even though they relate to you...

Because you are not at least 65 years old by the end of the year, you apply the 10% threshold to all of your itemized medical costs (which include costs related to your mother). If she claimed them on...

For income tax purposes, you cannot take a deduction for this payment and your son is not taxable on it (it’s a gift to him). For gift tax purposes, the first $14,000 is excluded ($28,000 if your sp...

Because you receive a stepped-up basis for the home (equal to its value on the date of your mother’s death), you may have no gain from the sale if it occurs soon. If you sell it for less than this b...

It depends. If you qualify for the home sale exclusion, then gain up to $250,000 ($500,000 on a joint return) is tax free; there is no capital gain. If your gain excludes your applicable exclusion amo...

Roth IRAs are designed for retirement savings. While contributions are not tax deductible, withdrawals of earnings after age 591/2 are tax free as long as the account has been open for at least 5 year...

Whether the tax refund is taxable to you depends on whether you itemized deductions in the year you paid the property tax or relied on the standard deduction. If you took the standard deduction, the r...

No. Inheritances of any amount from decedents in any location are fully tax free. However, if an inheritance is considered to be “income in respect of a decedent,” which is income earned by the de...

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No. CDD fees are imposed by a developer to finance the cost of amenities within a community. HOA fees are imposed by the association. These fees are not treated as taxes even though they relate to you...

Because you are not at least 65 years old by the end of the year, you apply the 10% threshold to all of your itemized medical costs (which include costs related to your mother). If she claimed them on...

While interest on municipal bonds is tax free for federal income tax purposes, gain or loss on the sale of the bonds must be reported. The loss is treated as a capital loss, which is deductible within...

For income tax purposes, you cannot take a deduction for this payment and your son is not taxable on it (it’s a gift to him). For gift tax purposes, the first $14,000 is excluded ($28,000 if your sp...

Because you receive a stepped-up basis for the home (equal to its value on the date of your mother’s death), you may have no gain from the sale if it occurs soon. If you sell it for less than this b...

It depends. If you qualify for the home sale exclusion, then gain up to $250,000 ($500,000 on a joint return) is tax free; there is no capital gain. If your gain excludes your applicable exclusion amo...

No. Inheritances of any amount from decedents in any location are fully tax free. However, if an inheritance is considered to be “income in respect of a decedent,” which is income earned by the de...

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No. The deadline for 2012 contributions was April 15, 2013, regardless of filing extensions. However, you can make a 2013 contribution now; you don’t have to wait until the end of the year or even u...

Whether the tax refund is taxable to you depends on whether you itemized deductions in the year you paid the property tax or relied on the standard deduction. If you took the standard deduction, the r...

No. Inheritances of any amount from decedents in any location are fully tax free. However, if an inheritance is considered to be “income in respect of a decedent,” which is income earned by the de...

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