Solutions to Make Better Decisions with Your Taxes and Money

Understanding the Difference between Itemized Deductions and the Standard Deduction

Itemized and standard deductions can be confusing – especially if you are relatively new to filing a tax return. Some people try to itemize when they are better off using the standard deduction. On the other hand, some taxpayers avoid itemizing because it seems too difficult — even when itemizing deductions could save them money. […]

Pros and Cons of Refinancing Your Home

The decision to refinance your home can be a tough one. Not only can the process of refinancing seem like a lot of work, it’s often hard to know who to trust as some lender’s advertised offers sound too good to be true. But, when mortgage rates are near historic lows, refinancing your home may […]

Self-Employed? Check Out These Retirement Plans

Being self-employed has its advantages. You don’t have a boss to tell you how many vacation days to take, or what retirement plans you have to choose from. On the other hand, you don’t have a boss to make you take your vacation time (or to pay for it), or to set up retirement plans […]

Partnership and Corporation Tax Tips and Reminders for Second Half of 2016

It’s hard to believe, but the year is almost half over already. If you have a partnership or corporation, here’s what you need to know to keep up with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) while you work toward your business success for 2016.

5 Things You Should Know About Crowdfunding and Taxes

Crowdfunding platforms, such as Kickstarter, open a whole new world in business financing, but can end up being a confusing world for tax purposes. The proceeds aren’t like sales in the traditional sense, and the people who contribute are not stockholders. So, how should you handle income from a crowdfunding project? It’s important to report […]

Energy Efficient Home Improvement Tax Credits

Remembering to turn off the lights on Earth Day may help bring attention to energy usage and our commitments to being responsible consumers, but that’s not where it ends. If you want to make a permanent difference in how much energy you use on a daily basis, it’s time to take a serious look at […]

7 Things to Know When Filing an Amended Tax Return (Form 1040X)

From time to time, we all need a “do over” – even when it comes to our tax returns. Fortunately, if you’ve made a mistake on your original return or missed claiming a deduction or credit, the IRS has a solution. It’s called Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. Filing an amended return […]

7 FAQs about Tax Extensions

For many of us, there just doesn’t seem to be a convenient time to gather all of our tax documents and sit down to prepare a return. And, before we know it, the tax filing deadline is upon us. That’s when filing Form 4868, Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Tax Return, may […]

What Happens If I Don’t File My Taxes?

It’s easy to put off filing your taxes. Life is jam packed with places to be and things to do. Finding time to organize your tax information and complete your return may seem hard. If you’re like many people, it’s not terribly hard to find reasons to procrastinate all kinds of things you need to […]