Tax law can be complex. There’s much to know to be sure you’re doing all you can to get what you deserve. Here are some personal and business tax tips to get you started. We update this information regularly, so check back soon for new tips.
Personal Tax Tips
- Charitable Donations
As a donor, you may not deduct labor or time, but you may deduct expenses such as mileage, uniforms, and even the cost of taking underprivileged youth to sports events or movies.
- Medical Expenses
It’s difficult to reach the percentage of adjusted gross income you need to spend on medical expenses to be eligible. But if you qualify, you shouldn’t overlook all possible expenses. Sometimes, it’s even best for married couples to consider filing separately if one partner has high medical bills.
- Moving Expenses
If you moved more than 50 miles for work and stayed employed, you might be able to deduct reasonable moving expenses. No itemization is necessary.
- Domestic Production Deduction
This generous benefit for having a qualified business in the U.S. can be claimed by sole proprietors, partnerships, and corporations. It can even apply to farmers.
- Mortgage Interest Points
Points paid on a home mortgage are usually deductible as interest. If the mortgage is for the purchase or improvement of your principal residence, you can either deduct the full amount of the points in the year of payment or, if you’re not itemizing your deductions that year, pay back the points over the loan term.
- Retirement Plan
One of the most powerful tax shelters available is a qualified retirement plan. Within certain limits, contributions to fund the plan are immediately tax deductible, plan investment earnings are tax deferred, and plan participants do not have to pay income taxes on benefits until they receive their distributions.
Business Tax Tips
- Business Automobiles
You can claim deductions for the business-related use of an auto using either the standard mileage rate method or the actual expense method. You should use the method that will yield the largest deduction.
- Hiring Your Children
If you have your own business, consider hiring your child to work after school or on vacations. The wages you pay your child for bona fide work are tax deductible.
- Home Office Expenses
To qualify for a deduction related to an office in the home, you must have an area of your home used exclusively as your principal place of business. This includes a place of business where you meet or deal with patients, clients, or customers.
- Profit-Sharing Plans
Unlike other plans, a profit-sharing plan is flexible. It can be designed so that the employer is not required to make an annual contribution.
This list is far from exhaustive. Contact us today to set up a time to discuss your specific situation and needs.