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As wages pick up and the Federal Reserve tapers down (it buys fewer Treasuries), the rate of inflation has climbed to levels not seen in many years. The consumer price index was up 5.4% for the 12 mon...

According to the Social Security Administration, as of June 2021, there were a total of nearly 70 million people receiving Social Security benefits. These include individuals receiving retirement bene...

The American Rescue Plan Act, which was signed into law on March 11, 2021, dramatically changed the child tax credit for 2021. The law made the credit fully refundable and extended it to dependents 17...

If you are an owner of an IRA or you inherited an IRA, you must take required minimum distributions (RMDs) according to tax rules. The failure to do so may result in a 50% penalty. Because of COVID-19...

With interest rates still very low, many homeowners have taken this opportunity to refinance their mortgages and obtain a lower interest rate. From a tax perspective, there are consequences to refinan...

In most cases, you have three years in which to submit an amended return to claim a refund of overpaid taxes. But there are situations in which you can recoup taxes paid without submitting an amended ...

Whether you prepare your return yourself (on paper or electronically) or use a paid preparer, you need information to input. Hopefully, you’ve kept great records throughout the year to simplify your...

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, made changes late in 2020 that mainly affect 2021 and later years. Some changes may impact your 2020 return; others apply for 2021 and later years. Taken as ...

The deadline for filing your 2020 federal income tax return is April 15, 2021, but it’s not too soon to recognize what payments you received in 2020 that have to be included in gross income. As a ge...

In 2019, Americans gave an estimated $449.64 billion to charities and this year likely will see similar or greater donations. This is the season to be generous, especially with the added need of many ...

It has long been solid general tax advice to defer income so that it becomes taxed in a future year. However, 2020 is a year like no other and standard tax advice does not apply to all individuals. If...

It may seem that 2021 is a long time from now, but decision-making on your health care coverage for the coming year must be done soon. Know the time frame for making choices and what those choices are...

As a result of COVID-19, required minimum distributions (RMDs) have been suspended for 2020. The IRS has provided guidance on how to deal with this suspension (Notice 2020-51). Here are some of the ra...

As a result of the pandemic, Congress has created a number of payments and programs for individuals to help them financially. If you’ve received one or more of these payments or benefited from one o...

Tax legislation—the SECURE Act in December 2019 and the CARES Act in March 2020—each contain rules impacting IRAs. Because of law changes, there is much confusion about what to do with these accou...

The worldwide pandemic—Covid-19—has changed everything…taxes included. Congress has enacted a new law (Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201, or “the Act”), to provide economic ...

The SECURE Act made some major changes in retirement plans and IRAs. It also has left many unanswered tax questions. There continues to be many that still lack clarity because the IRS has not addresse...

The Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (P.L. 116-94) retroactively reinstated dozens of expired tax breaks. Some of these breaks are for individuals, while others are for businesses. Determ...

As part of a massive year-end domestic spending package, called the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (H.R. 1865), numerous changes were made to retirement plans and IRAs. These changes we...

The year is winding down but there’s still time to take certain actions that can lower your tax bill for 2019. Here are 10 things you can still do:1. Review withholding and estimated taxesI...

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