Taxes

Ask an Advisor: What Is Self-Employment Tax?

What is self-employment tax, and how do I figure out how much I owe? The self-employment tax, aka the SE or SECA (Self-Employment Contributions Act) tax, is essentially the same as the FICA tax that is paid by employers and employees for Social...

What Is the Alternative Minimum Tax?

What is the alternative minimum tax, and how do I know if I owe it? The alternative minimum tax, or AMT, is an income tax levied by the U.S. government on certain individuals, corporations, estates and trusts and was intended to prevent wealthier...

6 Tax Tips For the Divorced

Statistically speaking, about half of marriages in the US end in divorce. This means that it's a reality that many people face. You have to deal with a lot during a divorce, not to mention more complicated paperwork during tax time. Read these...

15 Tax-Saving Steps to Take Now

With the end of the year quickly approaching, you are probably focused on finalizing travel plans and squeezing in last-minute holiday shopping. There’s a good chance that the last thing on your mind is tax planning. However, now is the time to...

What Is My Tax Bracket?

What is my tax bracket? Your tax bracket determines the rate at which your income is taxed. How much of your income is taxed depends on your state of residence and filing status, which may be as single, married filing jointly (or qualifying...

Can Gifting Stock Reduce My Tax Bill?

Are there tax advantages to donating stock to charities rather than cash? While donating cash to charities is most common, investors can get more bang for their charitable bucks by gifting stock instead. Either strategy can help reduce your...

What is Withholding (taxes)?

Withholding (taxes) is an amount of an employee's income that an employer sends directly to the federal, state, or local tax authority as partial payment of that individual's tax liability for the year. When a person starts a new job, he/she is...

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...

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