4 03, 2021

Be Prepared For These Pandemic-Related Tax Surprises

Don’t get shocked by a high tax bill! Be prepared for these pandemic-related tax surprises when you file your 2020 tax return. Taxes on unemployment income. If you received unemployment benefits in 2020, you need to report these benefits on your tax return as taxable income. Check to see if either federal or state taxes

24 02, 2021

4 Ways to Make Sure Your Tax Return Doesn’t Get Stuck

Here are four ways to make sure the preparation of your tax return keeps humming along until it gets filed. Keep tax documents in one place. Missing items are one of the biggest reasons filing a tax return gets delayed! Find a place in your home and put all tax documents in this one place

9 02, 2021

IRS Identity Theft Program NOW OPEN!

The IRS is expanding a pilot program that uses Identity Protection Personal Information Numbers (IP PINs) to provide an extra layer of security for all taxpayers. Here is what you need to know. IP PIN program details The IRS's IP PIN program is an additional layer of security to ensure your tax identity and

3 02, 2021

Alert: Look for New 1099 NEC

Virtually every small business, including sole-proprietors, must issue at least one 1099 each year. And this year there is a new one called the 1099 NEC. Here is a summary of the most common of these informational tax forms that you will need to file your tax return this year. The Form 1099 The

28 01, 2021

IRS Identity Theft Season Begins Now

Each year thieves try to steal billions in federal withholdings by stealing your identity. As the IRS focuses more attention on this quickly growing problem, now is the time of year to be extra vigilant. Early tax filing season is the worst time Your federal tax account at the IRS has plenty of money

26 01, 2021

Are You a Contractor or Employee?

Are you an independent contractor or an employee? As the pandemic continues, many long-time employees are now picking up jobs as contractors. In the meantime, states like California are trying to force the definition of employees upon companies. Getting it wrong could cost you plenty in the way of Social Security, Medicare taxes, and

7 01, 2021

2021 Mileage Rates are Here!

Mileage rates for travel are now set for 2021. The standard business mileage rate decreases by 1.5 cents to 56 cents per mile. The medical and moving mileage rates also decrease by 1 cent to 16 cents per mile. Charitable mileage rates remain unchanged at 14 cents per mile. 2021 New Mileage Rates Here

29 12, 2020

Turn Your Home Office Into a Tax Deduction

If you are working from home for the first time in 2020, you may be wondering if your home office is tax deductible. The bad news? If you’re working from home for an employer, you normally can’t deduct your home office expenses. Here’s a quick look at the basic requirements to be able to

21 12, 2020

Gone Phishing?

Each year the IRS publishes the top dozen tax scams it encounters over the prior year. One of them that makes an all too common appearance on their list is the phishing scam. Here is what you need to know. Phishing requires bait Phishing is the act of creating a fake e-mail or website

15 12, 2020

Plan Your 2021 Retirement Contributions

As part of your planning for next year, now is the time to review funding your retirement accounts. By establishing your contribution amounts at the beginning of each year, the financial impact of saving for your future should be more manageable. Here are annual contribution limits for the more popular programs: How to use