Monthly Archives: November 2014

Who’s a Dependent?

[mp_row] [mp_span col="12"] To most of us, the word "dependent" is synonymous with "child," but the IRS's definition is a little different. For tax purposes, a dependent must be either a "qualifying child" or a "qualifying relative." To be a qualifying child, the child must: Live in your home for over half the year Be…
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Small Business Retirement Plans

Does your business offer a retirement plan? Whether you've recently started a business or have been operating one for some time, setting up a retirement plan can be beneficial to both you and your employees. Besides providing strong tax incentives to defer income and save for retirement, retirement plans can help you reward and retain…
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Deferring Taxes with a Like-kind Exchange

If you would like to trade one property for another, consider deferring taxes with a like-kind exchange. It may help you to save some taxes. The like-kind exchange rules permit owners to trade certain appreciated property held for investment or for use in a trade or business for similar like-kind property without recognizing taxable gain.…
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Year-end Income-tax Planning

Year-end income-tax planning, as 2014 winds down, consider some of the following suggestions for saving on your taxes both this year and in 2015. Pay Fourth Quarter Estimated State Taxes Early Taxpayers who itemize on their federal returns may deduct any state income taxes paid during 2014. Paying fourth quarter estimated taxes (generally due in…
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