Category Archives: Life Changes

Tax Implications of Crowdfunding

bigstock--182648203Crowdfunding websites such as Kickstarter, GoFundMe, Indiegogo, and Lending Club have become increasingly popular for both individual fundraising and small business owners looking for start-up capital or funding for creative ventures. The upside is that it’s often possible to raise the cash you need, but the downside is that the IRS might consider that money taxable income. Here’s what you need to know. Continue reading

Choosing the Correct Filing Status

bigstock-Filing-Status-107857190It’s important to use the right filing status when you file your tax return because the filing status you choose can affect the amount of tax you owe for the year. It may even determine if you must file a tax return. Keep in mind that your marital status on December 31 is your status for the whole year. Sometimes more than one filing status may apply to you. If that happens, choose the one that allows you to pay the least amount of tax. Continue reading

It’s Not Too Late to Make a 2016 IRA Contribution

bigstock--155898923.jpgIf you haven’t contributed funds to an Individual Retirement Arrangement (IRA) for tax year 2016, or if you’ve put in less than the maximum allowed, you still have time to do so. You can contribute to either a traditional or Roth IRA until the April 18th due date, not including extensions. Continue reading

Small Business Financing: Securing a Loan

Small business: Owners of a cafe holding cash and smilingAt some point, most small businesses owners will visit a bank or other lending institution to borrow money. Understanding what your bank wants, and how to properly approach them, can mean the difference between getting your money for expansion and having to scrape through finding cash from other sources. Continue reading

Claiming an Elderly Parent or Relative as a Dependent

A portrait of a happy senior woman with her adult daughterAre you taking care of an elderly parent or relative? Whether it’s driving to doctor appointments, paying for nursing home care or medical expenses, or handling their personal finances, dealing with an elderly parent or relative can be emotionally and financially draining, especially when you are taking care of your own family as well.

Fortunately, there is some good news: You may be able to claim your elderly relative as a dependent come tax time, as long as you meet certain criteria. Here’s what you should know about claiming an elderly parent or relative as a dependent: Continue reading

Tax Changes for 2017: A Checklist

Order Checklist criteria Clipboard Questionnaire Form ListWelcome, 2017! As the New Year rolls around, it’s always a sure bet that there will be changes to current tax law and 2017 is no different. From health savings accounts to tax rate schedules and standard deductions, here’s a checklist of tax changes from your accountant to help you plan the year ahead. Continue reading

Special Tax Breaks for U. S. Armed Forces

bigstock2-military-forces-military-serv-136447196Military personnel and their families face unique life challenges with their duties, expenses and transitions. As such, active members of the U.S. Armed Forces should be aware of all the special tax benefits that are available to them. Here are 10 of them: Continue reading