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2023 – 08/01 – Pocket a tax break for making energy-efficient home improvements

August 21, 2023
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The recent heat wave may have you thinking about making your home more energy efficient. Thanks to a 2022 law, you may be able to benefit from a residential energy tax credit to help defray the cost of energy improvements made on or after Jan. 1, 2023. The credit equals 30% of certain expenses to a home located in the U.S., including: qualified energy efficiency improvements installed during the year, residential energy property expenses and home energy audits. The max annual credit you can claim each year is: $1,200 for energy property and certain home improvements with limits on doors ($250 per door/$500 total), windows ($600 total) and home energy audits ($150). Contact us with questions.



2023 – 08/08 – Can you deduct student loan interest on your tax return?

August 21, 2023
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The federal student loan “pause” is coming to an end on Aug. 31 after more than three years. If you have student loan debt, you may wonder whether you can deduct the interest you pay on your tax return. The answer may be yes, subject to certain limits. The deduction is phased out if your adjusted gross income exceeds certain levels. The maximum amount of student loan interest you can deduct per year is $2,500. For 2023, the deduction is phased out for single taxpayers with AGI between $75,000 and $90,000 ($155,000 and $185,000 for married couples filing jointly). The interest must be on funds borrowed to cover qualified education costs of the taxpayer, a spouse or dependent.



2023 – 06/13 – When can seniors deduct Medicare premiums on their tax returns?

June 19, 2023
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If you’re age 65 and older and have basic Medicare insurance, you may need to pay additional premiums to get the level of coverage you want. The premiums can be costly, especially for married couples with both spouses paying them. But there may be an advantage: You may qualify for a tax break for paying the premiums. However, it can be difficult to qualify to claim medical expenses on your tax return. For 2023, you can deduct medical expenses only if you itemize deductions and only to the extent that total qualifying expenses exceeded 7.5% of adjusted gross income. We can determine whether you should claim the standard deduction or claim medical expense deductions on your tax return.



2023 – 06/05 – Traveling for business this summer? Here’s what you can deduct

June 18, 2023
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If you and your employees are traveling for business this summer, there are a number of considerations. Under tax law, in order to claim deductions, you must meet certain requirements for out-of-town business travel within the U.S. The rules apply if the business reasonably requires an overnight stay. The actual costs of travel (plane fare, cabs, etc.) are deductible for out-of-town business trips. You’re also allowed to deduct the cost of lodging. For 2023, the law allows a 50% deduction for business meals. If a trip is a combined business/pleasure trip, only the costs of meals, lodging, etc., incurred for the business days are deductible (not those incurred for personal vacation days).



2023 – 06/06 – Reduce the impact of the 3.8% net investment income tax

June 17, 2023
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High-income taxpayers face a regular income tax rate of 35% or 37%. And they may also have to pay an additional 3.8% net investment income tax (NIIT). The NIIT applies only if modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) exceeds: $250,000 for married taxpayers filing jointly and surviving spouses; $125,000 for married taxpayers filing separately; and $200,000 for unmarried taxpayers and heads of household. The amount subject to the tax is the lesser of your net investment income or the amount by which your MAGI exceeds the threshold ($250,000, $200,000, or $125,000) that applies to you. Fortunately, there are some ways you may be able to reduce the impact of the NIIT. Contact us for strategies.