Dodging the Ice Bucket Challenge for a Charitable Contribution?

Have you been challenged to dump a bucket of ice water on your head? If you have no idea what I am talking about, you must not be on social media, or any Internet sites, and therefore I don’t know … read more

2014 Health Savings Accounts Continue to Yield Tax Savings

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) were created so that individuals covered by high-deductible health plans could receive tax-preferred treatment for money paid out-of-pocket to “qualified medical expenses”. Qualified medical expenses include those that would generally qualify for the prescription, medical and … read more

Automobile Depreciation Limit & Income Inclusion Amounts 2014

The IRS has released the inflation-adjusted Code Sec. 280F depreciation limits for business autos, light trucks and vans placed in service by the taxpayer in 2014, as well as the annual income inclusion amounts for such vehicles first leased in … read more

It’s the End of the Line for Some Popular Credits and Deductions

Did you know that while many tax rules are permanent, others are written to expire at some point in the future? These expiring items are often granted a temporary extension, but a significant number of popular “extenders” terminated at the … read more

Medical Expense Deductions: Changes in 2013

Most people around the country may not pay much attention to medical expenses, because in order to take a deduction, the rule is that you needed a lot of expenses. That is because until January 1, 2013, you needed medical … read more

Can Spouses Help each Other Lower Their Self Employment Tax?

Can an accountant who loses money and his wife, a realtor who makes money, combine their businesses in order to lower their self-employment tax? No. A recent case in the Tax Court involved such an issue. Donald Fitch, a self-employed … read more

Survey Suggests Taxpayers are Overconfident in Their Tax Prep Skills

Even as the tax code becomes increasingly complex, more and more Americans are preparing their own tax returns. A recent survey conducted by BMO Harris Financial Advisors found that nearly 48% of Americans prepare their own tax returns. Eighty-three percent … read more

Mamma Mia! Who Can Deduct That?

I couldn’t help click on a headline the other day “Abba Wore Flashy Clothing as a Tax Deduction”. The article discussed the Swedish pop group Abba’s on stage outfits. In a new book published to mark the 40th anniversary of … read more

IRS Releases the “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for 2014

We have commented on scams in the past.  Unfortunately, these scams keep getting more creative, as well as more prevalent.  The Internal Revenue Service recently issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during … read more

Renting Your Vacation Home

A vacation home can be a house, apartment, condominium, mobile home or boat. If you own a vacation home that you rent to others, you generally must report the rental income on your federal income tax return. But you may … read more


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