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Happy Tax Day, America!

As millions of Americans went online to file their taxes on the April 17 due date, the IRS online payment crashed, forcing tax officials to delay the tax payment deadline to midnight on Wednesday, April 18. Technical difficulties prevented individual taxpayers from filing their returns. It also reportedly interfered with electronic filings from third-party tax […]

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Too Soon To Talk (Roth) Turkey

With tax rates headed lower for many people, this might be a good year to consider a Roth conversion. For the uninitiated, that’s when you withdraw funds from a traditional IRA, pay the tax now instead of later, and then move the funds into your Roth IRA. Once your savings are in a Roth, they’ll […]

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One Last Minute Tax Tip You Should NOT Ignore

Here’s one tax tip that will never lead you wrong: Fund your Roth IRA. If you are eligible to make a Roth IRA contribution for 2017 (yes, there is still time!), do NOT fail to do so. Roth IRAs have been around since 1997, and they remain one of the best  deals out there. Whatever […]

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Clearing Up The Confusion: Deducting Mortgage and Home Equity Interest In 2018

You probably know that last December’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changed the rules for deducting mortgage and home equity interest. Now, the IRS has fine-tuned the new guidelines, clarifying that you are allowed to deduct home equity interest in some cases. Here’s a quick summary. As always, consult your tax advisor for details relating to your situation. […]

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Watch Out For These Changing Tax Deductions In 2018! (And What You Need To Do Now)

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed last year, will change the way you can deduct expenses on your 2018 taxes. The new tax regime is expected to lower taxes for the vast majority of Americans, as well as small-business owners — at least until the cuts expire after eight years. Here’s a brief summary of how your […]

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Least Tax-Friendly States for Retirees

Are you living in one of the least tax friendly states for retirees? That’s the case if you live in Connecticut, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah, Vermont, or Wisconsin. Those are the worst 10 tax states for retirees. The absolute worst state for retirees in terms of their tax bill, according to Kiplinger magazine, […]

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Quote Of the Week: The Home Equity Loan Is Dead

Bad news for Americans who have borrowed $448 billion in home equity lines of credit. It’s official. The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, just signed into law by the President, has killed the home equity deduction as of January 1, 2018.  “There is no grandfathering,” points out Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at Bankrate.com. “A […]

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Will The New Tax Bill Sabotage Northern Home Prices?

A quick read of the new tax bill shows that residents in high tax states like New York, New Jersey and California will lose out next year. Some of the new tax provisions may even prompt them to pack their bags and move elsewhere. Worse, those who stay behind may find their home values knocked down […]

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Quote Of The Week: Why Charities Fear The New Tax Bill

“The new tax code further reduces the privileged status of charitable gifts, treating them the same as purchases from Walmart for the vast majority of taxpayers.” Todd C. Frankel, “Charities fear tax bill could turn philanthropy into a pursuit only for the rich,” The Washington Post, December 23, 2017 The Takeaway: Charitable gifts will still […]

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Year-End Countdown: It’s A Handful! Capital Gains & GOP Tax Plan

It’s almost 2018, and there’s no shortage of tasks to keep us busy until the clock hits midnight. Hard to miss, but the Congress is busy passing (we think!) the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which will slash corporate taxes and toss in a few surprises – good and bad – for individual taxpayers like […]

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