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Thinking of Selling Your Home?

Thinking of Selling Your Home? Understanding the Home Gain Exclusion: One of the largest tax breaks available to most individuals is the ability to exclude up to $250,000 ($500,000 married) in capital gains on the sale of your personal residence. Making the assumption that this gain exclusion will always keep you safe from tax can be a big mistake. Here is what you need to know. The rule’s basics As

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IRS PIN Announcement: DO NOT THROW OUT

Identity theft PINs are for 2015 not 2014 If you are one of the unfortunate victims of IRS identity theft you will need a one-time PIN to file your tax return. Without this numeric identifier your 2015 tax return will be rejected. The IRS issues taxpayer victims this PIN in a written notice. What has happened IRS notices that have this one-time PIN are hitting mailboxes of identity theft victims

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Understanding the Home Gain Exclusion

For those who qualify, a married couple can exclude up to $500,000 ($250,000 for unmarried taxpayers) in capital gains from the sale of your principal residence. This exclusion can be taken once every two years as long as you meet a two-years out of five residency and ownership test before you sell the property. What you need to know Often tax planning is required to ensure you maximize this tax

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New IRS reporting rules impact anyone receiving property

Sometimes tax laws create a natural conflict of interest among taxpayers. Establishing property values in an estate after someone dies is an area that creates this conflict. A new tax law is now in place to address this problem. Here is what you need to know. The problem Estate goal: Value property as low as possible. Estates want to value property as low as possible to lower possible estate taxes.

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Ideas to Help Audit Proof Your Return

No one likes the stress involved when your tax return is under the audit spotlight. Here are some ideas to avoid some of the more common audit triggers. Report everything that has an informational tax return. If you are like most Americans, you will receive numerous 1099’s, W-2’s, and 1095-A’s in the mail. The IRS receives them too. If your tax return does not meet or exceed this reported income

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Missing a Form? Not an Excuse.

If you don’t receive a W-2 or 1099, is this a defense to protect yourself from not reporting the income during an audit? In short, the answer is no. You are required to report your income whether your employer or customer filed the correct form or not. So what can you do to ensure you do not find an audit surprise in your future due to a simple omission of

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Taxable or Not Taxable?

Some of these items may surprise you. There are a number of areas in the tax code that cause confusion as to the taxability of money received. Here are some of the most common areas of confusion. Alimony. Alimony is taxable to the person who receives it and deductible to the person who pays it. Special rules apply. Make sure you have proper documentation as part of a divorce decree

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Surprises That Tax Us

Picture this; for the past few years you have picked up your tax return and have had a small but nice refund. Now imagine your surprise, when next year, you are required to send in a fairly big check to settle your tax bill. Believe it or not, this message is almost as hard to deliver to a taxpayer as it is to hear it. Here are some tips to

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Beware of This New IRS Scam

Lost in the recent news regarding stolen identities at Snapchat and the credit and debit card theft at major retailers, is the dramatic increase in identity theft and scams using the IRS. One of the more recent scams announced by the IRS is worth noting. The scam Callers identifying themselves as the IRS phone you and disclose that you owe delinquent taxes. They say that unless there is immediate payment

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Understanding Tax Terms: Wash Sales

Surprise! Your stock loss is not deductible. As you look for year-end tax moves to save on your bill from Uncle Sam, you may consider selling stocks that have lost value. This can be a great strategy when up to $3,000 in stock losses can offset your ordinary income. However, there is a little known rule called the Wash Sale rule that could surprise the unwary taxpayer. Wash Sales If

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