Is a cattle ranch with no cattle a hobby or a business?

Generally, a taxpayer can deduct all ordinary and necessary expenses paid or incurred to carry on a valid trade or business, even if this would create an overall loss on the income tax return. However, if the taxpayer’s activity is considered a hobby, rather than a business, deductions are limited to the gross income earned …

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How does selling my house impact my taxes?

Congratulations! You sold your house! And in this market, no doubt made a mint. So now you’re probably wondering how does selling my house impact my taxes? A gain on the sale of a home is the result of when the home sells for more than what was paid for it. When it comes to …

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IRS lays out steps to protect against identity theft

It’s no secret identity theft is a major problem. And if you fall victim, a major headache. It would be great if identity thieves steal your tax information to pay your tax bill, but no. They’re stealing your refunds. Here are some steps to protect against identity theft the IRS suggests to keep your identity …

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What is a 401(k) plan census report?

A 401(k) plan census report is a document that compiles employee information on all employees who were paid during the plan year. The census will often provide details on an employee’s name, date of birth, social security number, date of hire and termination, gross compensation, hours worked, employee deferrals, matches, highly compensated employees (HCEs) and …

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Where’s my refund? Check your tax return status.

Did you know you don’t have to call the IRS to see when your tax refund will be in your bank account? In fact, the IRS recently updates their FAQs on the status of non-amended and amended returns and say you should refer to those rather than calling them. Due to COVID-19, there are still …

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Split wages and withholdings in a community property state

Going back in its long history, state community property laws were justified by the pragmatic recognition that such joint ownership recognizes the theoretically equal contributions of both spouses to the creation and operation of the family unit, as a basic component of a civil society. Currently there are only nine states which are considered “community …

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Accountable plans save you taxes and benefit employees

When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was put into place at the end of 2017, one of the biggest disadvantages to taxpayers was the removal of miscellaneous itemized deductions for employee expenses. Employees used to receive a deduction on their schedule A for unreimbursed expenses incurred as an employee, but that is no …

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Who can I claim as a dependent

If you have children in their teenage years, you may have found yourself wondering how long they can be claimed as a dependent on your tax return. While the benefit for claiming dependents on your tax return pales in comparison to the cost of supporting a child, most parents will gladly take the help when …

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Don’t forget the expanded child and dependent care credit

The Child and Dependent Care credit might not be getting as much attention as the monthly child tax credit payments that recently started hitting parent’s back accounts, but its’ expansion could greatly impact millions of Americans and their 2021 tax returns. The enhancement of the Child and Dependent Care credit, included as a provision of …

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What to do with 401k forfeitures

Most 401k plans include either employer match contributions or employer profit sharing contributions. These types of contributions may have a vesting schedule attached to them which is determined by the employer. A vesting schedule dictates how much of the employer contributions are owned by an employee based on their time with the company. This means …

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