Your Guide to State, Local, Federal, Estate + International Taxation

What You Should Know if You Change Your Name

Did you change your name last year? If you did, it can affect your taxes. All the names on your tax return must match Social Security Administration records. A name mismatch can delay your refund. Here’s what you should know if you changed your name: Report Name Changes. Did you get married and are now …

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The IRS on Social Media?!

Yes, even the IRS is participating in the world of social media! They developed an app to help give you easy access to the tax help you need. They are on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. Also, you can subscribe to receive their Tax Tips email blast. This is a great tool to help keep …

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10 Facts You Should Know about Capital Gains and Losses

When you sell a capital asset, the sale results in a capital gain or loss. A capital asset includes most property you own for personal use or own as an investment. Here are 10 facts that you should know about capital gains and losses: Capital Assets. Capital assets include property such as your home or …

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Basic Tax Tips for New Businesses

So – you are tied of working for someone else, and want to be your own boss? Make all of the decisions? Be in charge? Or maybe you have a great idea that no one else is doing? Or you have a passion for something, and think that it can support you and your family? …

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Things You Should Know about the Alternative Minimum Tax

Even if you’ve never paid the Alternative Minimum Tax before, you should not ignore this tax. Your taxes may have changed so that this may be the year that you need to pay AMT. You may have to pay this tax if your income is above a certain amount. AMT attempts to ensure that taxpayers …

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Do you have a household employee?

Do you have a babysitter, nanny, maid, health care provider, or other domestic worker? If so, they may be your employee. The worker is generally your employee if you can control not only what work is done, but also how the work is done. Whereas, if the worker controls how the work is done, the …

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The IRS Now has a Mobile App for You

Everyone seems to have their own mobile apps these days and the IRS is no exception. This free app for your electronic devices will let you check your refund status and more. It is available on Google Play and at the App Store for your Android and Apple devices. Launched a few years ago, at …

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The Benefits of an Estate Plan for Your College-Age Children

Have children around the age of 18? There is one thing you are probably unaware of that could save you thousands of dollars and a headache. Once individuals reach the age of majority—18 in most states—their parents are no longer entitled to see their medical and financial records and make decisions on their behalf. As …

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Minnesota CPAs’ List of Outrageous Tax Deductions

For some reason CPAs are not known for a great sense of humor. So it’s refreshing to see the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA) release an annual list of the most outrageous tax deductions clients tried to take on their tax returns. “Creativity is rewarded in many parts of society, but not by …

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Taxation of Professional Athletes: The Jock Tax

March is that sports time of the year when Major League Baseball is gearing up, the PGA, the National Hockey League is still at it, as is the NBA. It’s also that tax time of year when it’s time for all of us to settle our accounts with Uncle Sam including professional athletes. As states …

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