6 Cool Ways to Save Taxes during the Hot Summer Months 05-28-2018

Before you settle into the lazy days of summer, it may be a good idea to meet with your tax advisor to brainstorm ways to cut your taxes. The tax rules underwent a major overhaul last winter. Here are some ideas for individuals and small business owners to consider in the coming months. Continue reading

Capital Gains Rates Before and After the New Tax Law 04-23-2018

The tax brackets for long-term capital gains and qualified dividends are changing under the new tax law. For 2018 through 2025, these brackets aren't linked to the ordinary-income tax brackets for individuals. Here are the new cutoffs, along with 1) how the brackets have changed for trusts, estates and dependents subject to the kiddie tax, 2) what's happened to the 3.8% net investment income tax, and 3) how short-term capital gains are taxed. Continue reading

Save or Shred? Follow These Recordkeeping Guidelines 04-16-2018

When tax season ends, many individuals and businesses are unsure which records they should retain and which ones can be thrown in the shredder. Here are some best practices to prevent your paper and digital records from mounting up, while retaining them long enough to prove your tax return information in the event of an audit or to file an amended return if you overlook tax breaks. Continue reading

Are Roth IRAs Still Beneficial under the New Tax Law? 03-12-2018

Roth IRAs can be a smart way for you to save for retirement. And temporary tax rate cuts for 2018 through 2025 under the new tax law could persuade some people to convert traditional IRAs into Roth IRAs sooner rather than later. But the new law also contains a potential pitfall if an account's value unexpectedly falls after it's converted. Here's what you need to know before jumping headfirst into a Roth IRA or a Roth conversion. Continue reading

Close-Up on Mortgage Interest Deduction Rules 02-19-2018

Unfortunately, the new tax law places new limits on home mortgage interest deductions for the 2018 through 2025 tax years. But the changes only affect homeowners with larger first mortgages and those with home equity debt. Are you in danger of losing some of your home mortgage interest deduction under the new law? Read this article to find the answer. Continue reading

New Law Revamps the Kiddie Tax 01-22-2018

The so-called "kiddie tax" was designed to discourage high-income taxpayers from shifting income to children in lower tax brackets to reduce the family's overall tax bill. The kiddie tax can cause a portion of a dependent child's net unearned income to be taxed at higher rates than the regular rates for single taxpayers. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changes the kiddie tax rate structure for 2018 through 2025. Here's how. Continue reading

How Might the New Tax Reform Law Affect You? 12-25-2017

The new tax law has finally passed and the changes generally kick in in 2018. President Trump and Republican members of Congress say it will bring $3.2 trillion in tax cuts. But some individual taxpayers are skeptical. Everyone's situation is unique and not everyone will come out ahead. This article provides an example of how it might affect your taxes in 2018, if you're still eligible to itemize deductions. Continue reading

Landmark Tax Reform Bill Passes 12-25-2017

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is the biggest tax reform package in over 30 years. With tax filing season right around the corner, business and individual taxpayers, with the help of their tax advisors, are scrambling to understand how the changes will affect them. Here are some key elements of the new law. Continue reading

Is Social Media Activity Putting You at Risk? 12-18-2017

Are you planning to go on a vacation this winter? Whether you're trying to escape the cold or visiting loved ones, travel brings photo opportunities that you'll want to share on social media. But think twice before you post a selfie from the beach or check-in at the airport. Thieves have been known to troll social media activity and some insurance companies may review your social media posts before approving theft-related claims. Continue reading

Dialing in on Smartphones for Kids 12-11-2017

What's the "right" age for buying a child his or her first smartphone? These devices can be a major financial investment, so it's important to do your homework. But there are other nonfinancial challenges that need to be factored into this purchase, such as maturity issues, social media concerns, and the risks of cyberbullying and identity theft. Continue reading