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Taxpayer, Know Thy Deductions: Tax Deductible Basics and Tips

Taxpayer, Know Thy Deductions: Tax Deductible Basics and Tips

Tax deductions have long been near and dear to American taxpayers for many reasons, not the least of which is that they involve family, homes, charities, and other things we value highly. What is a tax deduction? Simply stated, a tax deduction is a legal means to reduce your taxable income, and in turn, what you owe the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in taxes. ...

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On the Tax Return Starting Block? Here's How to File Your Taxes
March 16, 2018

On the Tax Return Starting Block? Here's How to File Your Taxes

Is this the first year you’re filing an income tax return? Welcome to the adulthood starting block! While we all know that “adulting” can be challenging, learning how ...

Tax Reform and the Alternative Minimum Tax: Farewell until 2025
March 15, 2018

Tax Reform and the Alternative Minimum Tax: Farewell until 2025

Many taxpayers will get to say ta-ta to the alternative minimum tax (AMT), which was revised last year under what was known as the Tax Cuts and Job Act. ...

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Get the Lowdown: How to File a Corrected 1099
March 12, 2018

Get the Lowdown: How to File a Corrected 1099

True or false? A corrected 1099 form must mean your broker made a mistake. False. While it's true that everyone, even a broker, is capable of a slip-up, if ...

How Are Gains or Losses on Cryptocurrencies Taxed?
March 8, 2018

How Are Gains or Losses on Cryptocurrencies Taxed?

Yes, the IRS gets a cut. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies may exist in a “virtual” world, but as far as the Internal Revenue Service is concerned, they’re ...

Form 1099-B: Get Covered with the Basics of Non-Covered Basis
March 8, 2018

Form 1099-B: Get Covered with the Basics of Non-Covered Basis

The April 17 tax deadline is quickly approaching. You’ve received your 1099-B, so you’re all set to start filing your taxes. But then you review your 1099-B ...

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Financial Fraud and Your Aging Parents: How To Help Protect Them
March 2, 2018

Financial Fraud and Your Aging Parents: How To Help Protect Them

Pride. It comes before a fall—sometimes literally, if you’re talking about aging parents who may not want to admit their declining ability to manage money, avoid financial ...

Tax Deductions: Should I Take the Standard Deduction or Itemize?
February 26, 2018

Tax Deductions: Should I Take the Standard Deduction or Itemize?

As you receive and gather those tax documents—W-2s, 1099s, and such—and as you start putting those receipts in order ahead of the tax filing deadline (you are doing ...

What Is a Tax Refund Anyway? Demystifying and Maximizing
February 22, 2018

What Is a Tax Refund Anyway? Demystifying and Maximizing

For many, tax season may all boil down to one thing: How big will my tax refund be? As of the last day in 2017, the Internal Revenue Service had processed 151.9 million ...

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Taxable Interest Income: Forms, Exceptions and Other Info
February 22, 2018

Taxable Interest Income: Forms, Exceptions and Other Info

Interest income or investment income is income, plain and simple, as far as the U.S. government is concerned. That means, in most cases, you must report interest ...

How to Pay for College? Consider a College Savings Plan
February 20, 2018

How to Pay for College? Consider a College Savings Plan

We’ve all heard the stories of young adults drowning in student loan debt. There are certainly benefits for students who have some “skin in the game,” but much ...

Are Your Kids College-Bound Soon? Consider 529 Plan Tax Benefits
February 15, 2018

Are Your Kids College-Bound Soon? Consider 529 Plan Tax Benefits

Do you have a child heading for college in the near (or far) future? Paying for it might bring back nightmares of that final math exam you once barely passed.

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Fraud Protection Targeted with Financial Industry Initiative
February 9, 2018

Fraud Protection Targeted with Financial Industry Initiative

Amid growing concerns about the financial exploitation of seniors, industry regulators have put an emphasis and focused rulemaking on the subject. As a result, firms ...

1099-DIV 101: The Basics of Dividend Income Forms & Taxes
February 9, 2018

1099-DIV 101: The Basics of Dividend Income Forms & Taxes

You’ve worked all year to get your long-term portfolio just right by researching yields and allocating your funds. Now it’s the end of the year and you’re ready to sit back and...

Go Paperless This Tax Season: E-Delivery of Documents
February 8, 2018

Go Paperless This Tax Season: E-Delivery of Documents

2017 has come to an end and feels like a distant memory as you focus your time and energy on what's ahead, looking forward to everything 2018 has to offer you...

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Your Financial Plan—A Roadmap for Life's Ups and Downs
February 8, 2018

Your Financial Plan—A Roadmap for Life's Ups and Downs

When planning a road trip, you want to take the most direct path to your destination. So like many people, you probably use a GPS to map out your route...

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