Deduct All of the Mileage You’re Entitled to — but Not More

Did you know you may be able to deduct miles driven for purposes other than business?

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Do You Need to File a 2016 Gift Tax Return by April 18?

Last year you may have made significant gifts to your children, grandchildren or other heirs as part of your estate planning strategy. Or perhaps you just wanted to provide loved ones with some helpful financial support. Regardless of the reason for making a gift,...
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IRS Warns of New Email Scam

The IRS has issued a warning regarding a new email scam that has been detected.  Cyber-criminals are sending out emails impersonating tax professionals.  This means that cybercriminals are pretending to be your tax preparer and are sending out emails requesting that...
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Natural Disasters and Charitable Donations

Helping Others After a Natural Disaster Between fires, floods, hurricanes and tornados, since 2005 the United States has been wracked over and over by Mother Nature. First, it was Katrina, then Rita came rushing in hot on Katrina’s heels to decimate Louisiana....
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Planning for your Tax Appointment

Be ready for your tax appointment. Here are some tips to help you prepare.

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The Investment Interest Expense Deduction

It’s Less Beneficial than You Might Think Investment interest — interest on debt used to buy assets held for investment, such as margin debt used to buy securities — generally is deductible for both regular tax and alternative minimum tax purposes. But special...
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Deduction for State and Local Sales Tax Benefits Some, but Not All, Taxpayers

The break allowing taxpayers to take an itemized deduction for state and local sales taxes in lieu of state and local income taxes was made “permanent” a little over a year ago. This break can be valuable to those residing in states with no or low income taxes or who...
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Help Prevent Tax Identity Theft by Filing Early

Tax identity theft is an increasingly common scam. It involves thieves filing bogus returns and claiming legitimate taxpayers’ refunds. Here’s how to help avoid it.

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2017 Q1 Tax Calendar: Upcoming Deadlines

The first tax-related deadlines of 2017 for businesses and other employers are rapidly approaching. Make sure you know what’s due in Q1.

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Few Changes to Retirement Plan Contribution Limits for 2017

Retirement plan contribution limits are indexed for inflation, but with inflation remaining low, most of the limits remain unchanged for 2017. The only limit that has increased from the 2016 level is for contributions to defined contribution plans, which has gone up...
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IRS Warns of New Email Scam

The IRS has issued a warning regarding a new email scam that has been detected.  Cyber-criminals are sending out emails impersonating tax professionals.  This means that cybercriminals are pretending to be your tax preparer and are sending out emails requesting that...

Natural Disasters and Charitable Donations

Helping Others After a Natural Disaster Between fires, floods, hurricanes and tornados, since 2005 the United States has been wracked over and over by Mother Nature. First, it was Katrina, then Rita came rushing in hot on Katrina’s heels to decimate Louisiana....

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