Solutions to Make Better Decisions with Your Taxes and Money

3 Ways to Avoid a Gift Tax

If you give away generous sums of money to a friend or family member, you may be required to pay a gift tax to the IRS.  However, with a little planning, you can afford to be quite generous before you have to break out Form 709 to report the amount and be on the line […]

Weekly Favorites: Beware These 5 Terrible Tax Surprises, and more

TaxACT Weekly Favorites:  February 28, 2014 Beware These 5 Terrible Tax Surprises via Bankrate You’ve always followed the sage advice of the late singer-songwriter Jim Croce: You don’t tug on Superman’s cape, you don’t spit into the wind, and you don’t try to pull a fast one on the Internal Revenue Service. OK, maybe that last […]

Gift Tax: The Tax Implications of Supporting Adult Children

Do you currently have your adult child(ren) living under your roof? If you are supporting adult children, or even give them a helping hand now and then, you’re not alone. In today’s tough job market, getting a good career started can take a little longer than planned. The last thing you need when you’re trying […]

Family Loans: Does The IRS Care If I Lend My Kids Money?

You might lend your kids money from the time they are little – to buy a bicycle, to get that first car, or to buy a house. Does the IRS have anything to do with these family loans? For small loans, the answer is “no.” The IRS isn’t concerned with most personal loans to your […]

Gift Tax: Do I have to pay gift tax when someone gives me money?

Updated for Tax Year 2015 Surprise – Mom and Dad gave you a nice check! Maybe it’s enough for dinner, or maybe it’s more of an “early inheritance.” Either way, do you need to worry about paying tax on your gift? Annual limits before the IRS takes notice First, a gift must be quite substantial […]