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Tips for holiday gift card shopping

It’s that time of year! Lots of shopping and when no great gift comes to mind, you may, like me, default to gifting a gift card to that favorite person. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offers great tips on making your gift card giving more joyous! Inspect gift cards before you buy. All the protective …

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New contribution limit and phase-out ranges for 401(k) plans

For 2020, the 401(k)-contribution limit is being increased to $19,500 from $19,000 and the catch-up limit is being increased to $6,500 from $6,000. In addition, the limitation regarding SIMPLE retirement accounts is increasing to $13,500 for 2020. In order to determine eligibility to made deductible contributions to traditional IRAs or to contribute to Roth IRAs …

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Inflation adjustments for 2020

With a new decade approaching, the IRS announced its annual adjustments for many tax provisions to adjust for inflation. The tax items that will apply to tax year 2020 that will be of most interest to taxpayers include the following: The standard deduction for married filing joint increases to $24,800 for tax year 2020. For …

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Donating to charity? Here are resources to help!

Charitable giving can be a great deduction on a taxpayer’s return that reduces the amount of taxable income if the taxpayer is itemizing deductions. Luckily, there are several resources available for taxpayers looking to get the most from their donations. Tax Exempt Organization Search For a donation to be deductible on a tax return, it …

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Was your money safe during Cyber Monday sales?

Did you participate in the Cyber Monday sales? You might want to make sure your information is safe from online thieves. Due to the high volume of online shoppers during this time of year, criminals take advantage and try to steal identities, and even worse, tax and financial data that can be used to file …

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Estate and Gift exemptions increase to $11.58 million in 2020

The IRS announced in Revenue Procedure 2019-44 that the 2020 gift tax annual exclusion will remain at $15,000 and the unified estate tax and lifetime gift exclusion amount will rise to $11,580,000 per person or $23,160,000 per couple in 2020. In 2020 any person can gift up to $15,000 to another person using the annual …

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Farmers and ranchers: Deferring gains on drought-affected livestock

As Arizona’s drought conditions continue, Arizona Farmers and Ranchers that have been affected benefit from the IRS rules regarding deferring gains on livestock they were forced to sell. The IRS publishes the regions affected by drought as determined by the National Drought Mitigation Center. Generally, when a farmer or rancher is forced to sell livestock …

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Tax season prep tips you should know

Are you ready for the next tax season? Here are a few helpful tips to get you prepared for the next filing season. Don’t miss: 2019 year-end tax planning  Be sure your tax documents & records are organized. Figure out a recordkeeping system that works for you. Keep all your tax documents and supporting statements …

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2019 year-end tax planning

Although it seems like we just wrapped up 2018 returns, it is already time to start thinking about the next tax season! Be sure you’re ready for the upcoming filing season by ensuring your withholdings or estimated tax payments are up to date. Don’t miss: Court finds car award to teen for good grades is …

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Court finds car awarded to teenager for good grades was taxable

According to the tax law, prizes and awards are generally included in taxable income. There are specific prizes that can be excluded from income in areas such as religion, science, education, arts, literature or civic achievement. To be excludable, the prize must be given without any action on the recipient’s part, the recipient must not …

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