News & Updates

2022 – 02/15 – Married couples filing separate tax returns: Why would they do it?

February 23, 2022

If you’re married, you may wonder if you should file joint or separate tax returns. It depends on your individual tax situation. In general, you should use the filing status that results in the lowest tax. But keep in mind that, if you and your spouse file a joint return, each of you is “jointly and severally” liable for tax on your combined income (as well as any additional tax the IRS assesses, plus interest and most penalties). Therefore, the IRS can come after either of you for the full amount. In most cases, joint filing offers more tax savings but some people can save by filing separately. We can look at both options. Contact us to prepare your tax return or if you have questions.



2022 – 02/07 – Important tax aspects of operating your business as a sole proprietor

February 11, 2022

Do you operate a small business as a sole proprietor? There are many tax rules and considerations involved in operating this way. For example, you may qualify for the pass-through deduction on qualified business income. You must pay self-employment tax and make estimated tax payments on income earned. You can deduct health insurance costs as a business expense. If you hire employees, you need a taxpayer ID number and must withhold and pay employment taxes. Keep complete records of income and expenses. Also, consider setting up a qualified retirement plan. Contact us if you want more information about the tax aspects of your business, or if you have questions about recordkeeping requirements.



2022 – 02/08 – Did you give to charity in 2021? Make sure you have substantiation

February 9, 2022

To claim a tax deduction for a donation of $250 or more, you generally need a contemporaneous written acknowledgment from the charity. “Contemporaneous” means you receive it by the date you file your return, or the extended due date of the return. If you made a donation in 2021 but don’t have a letter from the charity, request it from the organization and wait to file your 2021 return until you receive it. Additional rules apply to certain types of donations. Under COVID-19 relief laws, taxpayers who don’t itemize deductions can claim a federal income tax write-off of up to $300 of cash contributions to qualified charities for the 2021 tax year ($600 for married couples filing jointly).



2022 – 02/01 – The Ins and Outs of IRAs

February 4, 2022

Traditional and Roth IRAs can help you save for retirement on a tax-favored basis. Contributions to a traditional IRA reduce your current tax bill, if you’re eligible, and earnings are tax-deferred. However, withdrawals are taxed in full (plus a 10% penalty if taken before age 59½, unless an exception applies). Roth IRA contributions aren’t deductible. But earnings are tax deferred and withdrawals are tax free if certain conditions are met. The maximum annual IRA contribution is $6,000 for 2022 and 2021 ($7,000 if age 50 or over). In addition, your contribution can’t exceed your compensation includible in income for the year. There’s no age limit for making contributions if you’re eligible.



2022 – 01/31 – Keeping meticulous records is the key to tax deductions and painless IRS audits

February 1, 2022

Businesses must keep records of their income and expenses. Carefully record them in order to claim the full amount of tax deductions to which you’re entitled. You also want to make sure you can defend the amounts on your tax returns if you’re ever audited by the IRS. Certain expenses, such as automobile, travel, meals and home office expenses, require special attention because they’re subject to special recordkeeping requirements or limits on deductibility. Contact us if you need assistance retaining adequate business records. By taking a painstaking approach to how you keep records, you can protect deductions and help make an audit much less difficult.