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More Changes Coming to Form 1040

In 2018, the government attempted to “simplify” the tax-filing process by drastically shortening Form 1040. The result was six new schedules that created a lot of confusion. Now the IRS is attempting to ease some of that pain by revising the form and removing some schedules. Here is what you need to know: More information […]

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Know Your Rights with Bill Collectors

Each year thousands of people fall behind in paying their bills, oftentimes due to circumstances outside of their control. If you find yourself in that situation, you may end up dealing with aggressive debt collectors. If you do, realize that there are strict rules in place that forbid any kind of collector harassment in the […]

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Make Gift Tax Rules Work for You

As you approach your retirement years, it’s important to have a basic understanding of the IRS gift giving rules. Once you understand them there are opportunities to leverage this tax law without creating a tax problem. The rules You can give up to $15,000 to any individual (the “donee”) in 2019 and avoid any gift […]

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Help Older Adults Avoid Financial Scams

There are a variety of scams and fraudulent schemes that target older adults. IRS impersonation scams are the most prevalent scams targeting older adults, but financial scams can take a variety of forms. Unfortunately, funds stolen as a result of these scams are often never recovered. You can ensure this doesn’t happen to your loved […]

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Municipal Bonds: An Investment with Tax Breaks

Everybody likes getting something for free, and taxes are no different. Investing in securities like municipal bonds (sometimes referred to by the nickname “munis”) or municipal bond funds generates tax-free interest income. Here is what you need to know. Tax advantages of municipal bonds You pay zero federal tax on municipal bond investment income. Depending […]

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IRS Alert: Two New Tax Scams

The IRS remains on the lookout for tax scams that can hoodwink unsuspecting taxpayers. Recently, two new variations of past scams have been discovered to be on the rise. Here’s what you need to know: Scam 1: The SSN hustle The scam: This scam resembles another where callers impersonate IRS agents. In this version, the […]

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Cash Flow Tips for Small Businesses

It’s sad, but true: Half of all new businesses fail within the first five years. Although lots of factors contribute to business failure, a common culprit is poor cash management. All businesses must deal with the uncertainty of fluctuating sales, inventories and expenses, but managing these risks is especially important for small businesses with limited […]

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Effective Tax Planning Starts Now

With summertime activities in full swing, tax planning is probably not on the top of your to-do list. But putting it off can create problems at the end of the year when there’s little time for changes to take effect. If you take the time to plan now, you’ll have six months for your actions […]

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