Tax relief for Sandy victims

Victims of Hurricane Sandy may be entitled to some tax relief, according to a recent announcement by the IRS. Certain tax filing and payment deadlines from late October on will be extended until February 1, 2013. This includes the final 2012 estimated tax payment (normally due January 15, 2013) and payroll and excise taxes (normally […]

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New Tax & Credit Limits for 2013

2013 tax numbers recently published by the IRS and Social Security Administration: * SOCIAL SECURITY taxable wage limit increases from 2012 limit of $110,100 to $113,700 for 2013. Retirees under full retirement age can earn up to $15,120 without losing benefits. * 401(k) MAXIMUM salary deferral increases from 2012 limit of $17,000 to $17,500. The […]

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IRS Updates on Tax-Exempt Status, HSAs, Health Insurance, and Bonds & Options

December deadline for tax-exempt reinstatement: Here’s an important reminder for small nonprofit organizations: If your organization had its tax-exempt status revoked for failing to file an annual return from 2007 through 2009, the IRS is giving you a chance to get reinstated. The IRS has issued guidance for small organizations with gross annual receipts of […]

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Time for a year-end tax review

December 31st will be very important in the lives of taxpayers, because on that date many tax-saving provisions are set to expire. Congress has extended many of these provisions on a year-by-year basis. However, as it stands now, many tax-cutting provisions have already expired or will expire. Here are a few of the more important […]

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Pros and cons of “dollar cost averaging”

Experienced investors don’t need to be convinced about the inherent volatility of the stock market. Prices seem to soar and plummet regularly. One possible investment strategy for smoothing out the inevitable ups and downs is called “dollar cost averaging.” But this long-standing investment method has as many detractors as proponents. The basic concept is relatively […]

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“Bunching” deductions could >cut< your taxes

Getting the most benefit from tax deductions requires multi-year planning as well as consideration of the alternative minimum tax (AMT). The multi-year part involves “bunching” your expenses. That’s a strategy where you decide to accelerate or delay payments between different years for itemized deductions such as state income taxes, routine health care, and charitable contributions. […]

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Filing Reminder for Tax-Exempts

Tax-exempt organizations are required to file annual reports with the IRS. Those with gross receipts below $50,000 can file an E-postcard rather than a longer version of Form 990. The deadline for nonprofit filings is the 15th day of the 5th month after their year-end. For calendar-year organizations, the filing deadline for 2011 reports was […]

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