Category Archives: Individuals


2021 Tax Deadline Extension: What You Need To Know

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Mar 2021

2021 Tax Deadline Extension: What You Need To Know

Just this past Wednesday, March 17th, the due date to file your 2020 federal and California income tax returns filings was postponed to May 17th, from April 15th. This includes the filing of the tax return as well as paying any remaining balance that is due for 2020. The delay comes from the continual effects that COVID-19 has had on America, including the IRS, which…

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The New COVID-19 Relief Bill: What You Need To Know

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Dec 2020

The New COVID-19 Relief Bill: What You Need To Know

A $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill was just passed by both the House and Senate on Monday, December 21st. Although the bill now has to be signed by President Donald Trump before going into law, we still wanted to provide the most significant points that would come out of the bill. Stay tuned for additional comments as the bill is over 5,000 pages long! Business-Related…

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Carried Interest: How It’s Changing

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Sep 2020

Carried Interest: How It’s Changing

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 included Section 1061 which stated that certain taxpayers that hold profits interests in partnerships must satisfy a three-year holding period to qualify for preferential long-term capital gain rates, instead of the usual one-year holding period. Several questions and loopholes arose when this rule was implemented, and the IRS has finally released proposed regulations addressing these issues. This…

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Top 10 Red Flags That Trigger An Audit

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Mar 2019

Top 10 Red Flags That Trigger An Audit

Let’s face it, none of us ever want to hear the words “IRS audit”. The good news is that the odds of being audited by the IRS are at the lowest levels in at least a decade. In fact, the probability of being audited for a median household income in the US dropped to less than 1% in 2014 versus 5.6% in 1993. The IRS…

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Itemized Deduction Changes: SALT

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Dec 2018

Itemized Deduction Changes: SALT

One of the most lucrative deductions for many years has been the deduction for state and local taxes (SALT). This is especially true if you live in California, New York, or New Jersey, all of which have high taxes and high property values. Previously, the SALT deduction allowed a nonlimited deduction for state and local property taxes and either state and local income taxes or…

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Alimony and The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

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Nov 2018

Alimony and The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has many facets affecting all kinds of tax law. One of the changes that doesn’t get the spotlight all that much, but is just as important, is alimony. For those in the process of finalizing their divorce, the new tax rules may compel you to either close it out before 2019 or wait to sign on the dotted…

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Net Operating Losses And The TCJA

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Oct 2018

Net Operating Losses And The TCJA

Whether you are a company that’s just starting out or are within an industry subject to seasonal long-term trends, having a net operating loss (NOL) in one year and net income in another is not uncommon. But shouldn’t businesses with steady income year to year have similar tax consequences as businesses with big highs and lows? Fortunately, the IRS agrees and allows you to apply…

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Charitable Donation Options After Tax Reform

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Sep 2018

Charitable Donation Options After Tax Reform

Francis Bacon once said, “With charity there is no excess” – a powerful statement that the IRS would amend to add, “but with limitations.” When it comes to charitable donations, you are allowed to deduct 50% of your charitable donations only as an itemized deduction. However, with the recent implementation of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, it is estimated that a large number of…

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Qualified tuition programs

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Aug 2018

Qualified tuition programs

It’s extremely worrisome to think about how Americans owe approximately $1.5 trillion in student loan debt and how that number isn’t going to stop climbing anytime soon. How can we expect our children to be excited for college when they know they’ll be in debt afterward? What steps can we do to better financially prepare our children for college? Continue reading to learn more about…

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So Your Dependents Have Income… What Do You Do?

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Apr 2018

So Your Dependents Have Income… What Do You Do?

An important part of filing taxes is claiming dependents. Most dependents are younger children, but what about older dependents who may be in college and/or have a job? What dependent deductions can you claim on your return? These issues confuse many people around tax season. The IRS requires that certain criteria be met for a taxpayer to claim a dependent, so it’s important to avoid…

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