Category Archives: Tax Planning

Special Tax Benefits For Members Of The Military

Special Tax Benefits For Members Of The Military

Military personnel and their families face unique life challenges with their duties, expenses, and transitions. As such, military members may qualify for tax benefits unavailable to civilians. For example, they don’t have to pay taxes on some types of income. Special rules may lower the tax they owe or allow them more time to file and pay their federal taxes.

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Tax Credits To Help Cover The Cost Of Higher Education

Tax Credits To Help Cover The Costs of Higher Education

Tax Credits To Help Cover The Cost Of Higher Education

Whether your child attends trade school, private college, or public university, you already know that higher education in the United States is expensive. The good news is that many taxpayers are able to take advantage of two education tax credits to help offset these costs: the American opportunity tax credit and the lifetime learning credit. Taxpayers, their spouses, or their dependents who take post-high school coursework, may be eligible for this tax benefit.

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What To Do If You’re Missing Important Tax Documents

As the April 18th tax deadline quickly approached, last-minute tax filers should make sure they have all their documents before filing a tax return. You should have received a Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, from each of your employers for use in preparing your federal tax return. Employers must furnish this record of 2021 earnings and withheld taxes no later than January 31, 2022.

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Gig Economy

What To Know About The Gig Economy And Your Taxes

Gig Economy

The gig economy, also called sharing or access economy, is defined by activities where taxpayers earn income providing on-demand work, services, or goods. This type of work is often carried out via digital platforms such as an app or website. There are many types of sharing economy businesses, including two of the most popular ones: ride-sharing, Uber and Lyft, for example, and home rentals such as Airbnb.

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Tax Breaks For Taxpayers Who Itemize

Tax Breaks for Taxpayers Who Itemize

Many taxpayers opt for the standard deduction, but sometimes itemizing your deductions is the better choice – often resulting in a lower tax bill. Whether you bought a house, refinanced your current home, or had extensive gambling losses, you may be able to take advantage of tax breaks for taxpayers who itemize. Here’s what to keep in mind:

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Lahrmer and Co. Tax Advice for 2022

The 2022 Tax Filing Season: What You Need To Know

The 2022 Tax Filing Season: What You Need To Know

Monday, January 24, 2022, was the official start to this year’s tax season. By now, everyone should have received most of the information they need to make sure they file a complete and accurate return. Keep reading to learn more about what you should know including the filing deadline for most taxpayers, key items you need to prepare for filing, other important dates, and more.

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What To Know About Keeping Good Tax Records

What To Know About Keeping Good Tax Records

Tax season is upon us. For many people that means scrambling to collect receipts, mileage logs, and other tax-related documents needed to prepare their tax returns. If this describes you, chances are, you’re wishing you’d kept on top of it during the year so you could avoid this scenario yet again. With this in mind, here are seven suggestions to help taxpayers like you keep good records throughout the year:

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Tax Prep vs. Tax Planning

Tax Planning vs. Tax Preparation: What Is The Difference?

tax preparationMany people assume tax planning is the same as tax preparation, but the two are quite different. Let’s take a closer look:

What is Tax Preparation?

Tax preparation is the process of preparing and filing a tax return. Generally, it is a one-time event that culminates in signing your return and finding out whether you owe the IRS money or will be receiving a refund.

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tax planning for 2022

Preparing for the 2022 Tax Filing Season

tax time 2022Filing your tax return promises to be just as complicated as always–especially if you received stimulus payments or advance child tax credit payments. But there are steps that taxpayers can take right now to make sure their tax filing experience goes smoothly in 2022. Let’s take a look at four things taxpayers can do now to get ready for tax season.

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business startup deductions

Small Business: Deducting Startup Costs

business startup expenses tax deductibleIf you’ve recently started a business – or are thinking about starting a business – you should know that as an owner, all eligible costs incurred before beginning to operate the business are treated as capital expenditures. As such, they are part of the cost basis for the business.

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