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How are Charitable Deductions Affected by the TCJA?

Posted by Manisha Hansraj on November 27, 2018
Last modified: November 27, 2018

Generosity has its perks, or rather its tax benefits.

Keep in mind, taxpayers are able to easily itemize once they exceed their standard deduction. This typically happens by taxpayers claiming charitable donations along with any expenses they have. It then becomes greater than their standard deduction. However, the standard deduction is twice the amount for 2017.

Due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), taxpayers who itemize may face some difficulties next year.

Read on to find out what you can do to be prepared for next year!

“Bunching,” a word that people can’t stop talking about.

If you’re surfing the web for information on charitable donations, you might run into the term, “bunching.” It may be confusing, so we’re here to clear it up for you. (more…)

Can I Still Claim the Making Work Pay Tax Credit?

Posted by Michelle O'Brien on February 25, 2016
Last modified: November 2, 2016

Tax credits are the IRS’ way of saying ‘Thanks’!

Even if you’re behind on filing past tax returns, it’s important to take your time and file each one accurately. Sure, in some cases you won’t be able to claim your refund after a certain period of time has passed but you can always reduce your tax liability. That’s what tax credits are for.

For the 2009 and 2010 tax years, there was a tax credit known as the Making Work Pay Credit. Did you know that you can still claim this credit on your tax returns for those years? Let’s find out if you qualify.

 

What is the Making Work Pay Tax Credit?

You might remember President Obama focusing in on the Making Work Pay Tax Credit as a key policy of his 2009 stimulus package. It was meant to initiate more household spending among families in the U.S. Well, it stuck…for a couple years at least. The credit was authorized in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Many taxpayers saw a reflection of this credit as an increase in their paychecks throughout the year.

 

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2016 Tax Rates and Standard Deduction

Posted by Michelle O'Brien on January 27, 2016
Last modified: December 21, 2016

Time to reflect on the new 2016 tax rates.

Once the new year comes around, we tend to reevaluate ourselves and reflect on our accomplishments (and setbacks) from the past year. This is also a time when we think about how we can better ourselves for the year to come. For many of us, that means following through with a career move, proposing to that special someone, having a baby, or buying a new house.

All of these life events come with a price tag that are likely to affect your tax situation. You’ll want to take a look at the following tables as a reference to adjust your W-4 withholdings accordingly. Look at it as one more save-the-date or housewarming invite you need to send out to share the good news!

 

2016 Standard Deduction Amounts

If your Filing Status is: Your Standard Deduction is:
Single$6,300
Married Filing Jointly$12,600
Married Filing Separately$6,300
Head of Household$9,300
Surviving Spouse$12,600

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How to Complete a W-4 if You’re Married

Posted by Michelle O'Brien on January 13, 2016
Last modified: November 2, 2016

Tie the knot in your life and also on your taxes.

The honeymoon is over and it’s back to reality. With such a huge change in your life, it’s important to pay attention to how it will affect your taxes. Once the wedding bells in your head subside, update your W-4 form with your employer.

Completing a W-4 form can be intimidating especially knowing that your paycheck depends on it. Don’t let your tax return take the fun out of your recent marriage. Let us help you fill out your W-4 so that you can still break even this tax season!

 

You just got married.

Congrats to all of you newlyweds out there! Once you’ve found a place in your cabinets for all of those trinkets on your Bed Bath & Beyond registry, make sure you speak with your employer. You may or may not know already but filing a joint tax return screams ‘tax benefits’!

You should update your W-4 form to reflect your married filing status ASAP. You’ll want to do this as soon as possible so that it reflects on your tax return when you file for the year.

As a married couple with two sources of income, your tax rate is bound to change. Be sure to sit down with your spouse and discuss the household income you’ll both be bringing in. If one of you makes significantly less income, your joint tax rate could be brought down. What if one spouse is earning significantly more? You could be entering into a higher tax bracket.

 

You’re married… and just had a baby!

Babies probably play the biggest role in tax benefits. Funny…considering they can hardly utter ‘W’ or ‘4’. When you have a baby, you can claim an additional allowance. As a married couple planning to file a joint return, it is recommended that the spouse earning the higher income claim the additional allowance(s). The other spouse will not need to update their W-4 form. You may also qualify for the Child Tax Credit or Child Care Tax Credit depending on your income.  

Claiming a higher amount of allowances on your W-4 form will allow for less to be withheld from your paychecks. If you leave your withholdings as-is, your tax refund may be larger than necessary. Plus, you’ll probably need a little extra for Pampers and ear plugs (kidding!) throughout the year.

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