Beyond the Numbers

Major Tax Deadlines – For APRIL 2018

April 17 – Individual income tax returns for 2017 are due. 2017 calendar-year C corporation income tax returns are due. 2017 annual gift tax returns are due. Deadline for making 2017 IRA contributions. First installment of 2018 individual estimated tax is due. Note: Businesses are required to make federal tax deposits on dates determined by…

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Great uses for your tax refund

Most Americans get a refund every year, with the average check weighing in at $2,895 last year. Even though it’s really money that they earned, many people are tempted to treat it like a windfall and splurge. If you can resist that temptation, here are some of the best ways to put your refund to…

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Alert: Expired home and education tax breaks revived

Congress passed a federal budget bill in early February that revived dozens of expired tax breaks for the 2017 tax year. They include a deduction for education expenses as well as several tax breaks for homeowners. If you have not yet filed your 2017 tax return, please be aware these late changes are retroactive to…

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Answers to commonly asked tax questions

With all of the headlines about the changes to tax law, you probably have lots of questions. Here are answers to some of the most common questions taxpayers have this year. I’m hearing about a lot of changes to 2018 taxes. What should I do? A. You’re right, there are a lot of changes in…

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New tax legislation requires planning

Though many taxpayers appreciate the income tax cuts in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) passed late last year, others are skeptical that it will simplify their tax planning. With every simplification, there are many more tax issues that still require planning to realize extra tax benefits. Here are seven of them: Planning for…

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Staying organized at tax time

Organizing your tax records not only makes filing your tax return easier, it also helps you find the financial documents you need for the year. Whether you’ve already filed your tax return or are about to, here are some tips to get organized. Go with the flow (of your tax return) Try organizing your records…

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