Planning for retirement is important, so investing your money and saving should be imperative when planning for long-term financial security. The question is, how can you save for retirement while also lowering your annual taxes owed (or refund)? Well luckily for the savvy investor and saver, there are a number of ways you can lower your due taxes. The first way is to boost your 401(k) savings rate. Many people have their 401(k) contributions automatically subtracted from
Estate planning is an essential part of planning for your loved ones after you’re gone. Under the new tax law, there are some changes to be aware of, such as the estate tax threshold. One specific part worth noting, is that all the provisions surrounding the change in estate tax will revert back to their previous thresholds in 2025. The first part to notice is that the estate tax threshold has been raised to $11.18 million per person, or $23.36 million for a married couple.
In every town there are small business owners that are helping America’s citizens whether it be through services, sales, or other business ventures. The problem is sometimes running a small business can be expensive and difficult, sometimes the owners are struggling to find ways to save money. Well fear not because there are some deductions on your taxes you may be forgetting about! These will help you save money on your year-end taxes, and maybe a larger tax refund. One de
By now everyone remembers when the TCJA was passed and all the tax changes that occurred. What some people may not know is that there are still some discrepancies that are being debated among the IRS. One of the biggest debates was over the meal deduction and to what extent it was allowed to be used. Luckily for us, recently the IRS issued guidance relating to the meal deduction. A good starting point to understand is that the IRS clarified that taxpayers will generally be
Many Americans think of April as tax season, you rush to make sure you file by the deadline, then wait another year and do it again. However, for many Americans, the deadline passes April 18 and moves on to October 15 because of extensions. Some people need extensions to gather forms, while others need the extensions because of the sheer complexity of their filings. Here are a few notes and tips when filing for an extension. First and foremost, realize that filing an exten
Is it finally on its way? House Republican tax writers have finalized the “Tax Reform 2.0” legislative package which is supposed to reach the House floor for a vote a soon. Back on September 13, the House Ways and Means Committee debated the presentation of the bill which lasted almost 7 hours. The bill focuses primarily on making permanent individual and small business tax cuts, creating incentives for retirement savings and business innovation. Additionally, they approv
Across the United States many states have enacted specific acts to protect the rights of tenants and landlords alike. In Illinois, the legislature has enacted the Landlord and Tenant act which sets out the requirements on both sides to protect an even relationship between the two. For tenants it is important to understand and adhere to the terms set forth in the lease agreement, but what happens if the landlord breaks the contract or doesn’t live up to their end? There are
Let’s talk about medical deductions because depending on your health coverage, it can be an important part of your yearly taxes. The first thing to understand is that you are able to deduct health expenses, but only so long as they are not reimbursed. This bars any deductions for coverage by health insurance or an employer, but if they’re covering the cost it won’t be hurting your pockets anyway. The second part to understand is that the TCJA has changed the threshold for t