Taxes

Explore the Muni-verse

You’ve probably heard of the phrase “tax-free municipal bonds” and wondered what they are, and whether they have a place in your financial plans. If you are tax-sensitive (i.e. looking to keep taxes low), and seeking to preserve assets while...

Home Office? Check. Deduct it? Hmmmm....

Business owners love to find ways to lower their taxes. But the IRS has lots of finicky rules for home office deductions that make it less appealing than it might seem at first glance. But all that is about to change. The IRS has announced a new...

The #1 Tax Problem You Don't Want

Whether you’re raking in big profits or your business is in its infancy, you must keep your business and personal finances separate—for tax purposes and two other important reasons. First, in order to grow your company (and not get tripped up by...

Tax Facts for the Jobless

If you were unemployed in 2012, or if you’re still out of work, make sure you know your tax facts—many Americans don’t. Did you know...    …that unemployment benefits are taxable? If you collected unemployment during 2010, you will get a 1099-G,...

The Scoop on Home Office Deductions

Ah, that pesky home-office deduction. For those who work from home, it can be a valuable tax break, but it’s also a tricky one—especially if you own your home. Want to check it out? First, let’s see if you’re eligible.You qualify for the deduction...

Which Financial Docs Are OK to Chuck?

Every year around tax time, you face the same stack of old folders and files—and every year you ask yourself: Which ones can I toss? Here's the lowdown: ANNUAL WEEDING After the end of the calendar year, many of the year’s papers can be pruned...

Words You Should Know: Social Security Payroll Tax

Does it feel like your paycheck just got a little smaller? That’s because it did, by 2%. Thank the Social Security payroll tax. The Social Security payroll tax is one of the lines on your pay statement, and it is what it sounds like—a 12.4% tax...

What the Fiscal Cliff Really Is

The term: “Fiscal cliff” sounds dire, but it describes a combination of old tax breaks expiring, new tax increases and federal cutbacks that all take effect by January, 2013. President Obama or Governor Romney can’t steer us away from the...

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