Category Archives: Tax Planning

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Capital Gains Tax on Sale of Stocks

capital gains taxApps like Robinhood make it easy for everyone to play the stock market. If you’re a retail investor who made money last year buying and selling stocks, you may owe capital gains tax when you file your tax return this year. If you lost money, you may be able to deduct that loss and reduce your income. Continue reading

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Renting Out a Second Home

second homeIn general, income from renting a vacation home for 15 days or longer must be reported on your tax return on Schedule E, Supplemental Income and Loss. You should also keep in mind that the definition of a “vacation home” is not limited to a house. Apartments, condominiums, mobile homes, and boats are also considered vacation homes in the eyes of the IRS. Tax rules on rental income from second homes can be confusing, especially if you rent the home out for several months of the year and use the home yourself. Continue reading

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Social Security Benefits and Taxes: The Facts

social securitySocial Security benefits include monthly retirement, survivor, and disability benefits; they do not include Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments, which are not taxable. Continue reading

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Credit Reports: What You Should Know

credit reportCreditors keep their evaluation standards secret, making it difficult to know just how to improve your credit rating. Nonetheless, it is still important to understand the factors that determine creditworthiness. Periodically reviewing your credit report can also help you protect your credit rating from fraud–and you from identity theft. Continue reading

SMALL BUSINESS: DEDUCTIONS FOR CHARITABLE GIVING

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Tax breaks for charitable giving aren’t limited to individuals, your small business can benefit as well. If you own a small to medium-size business and are committed to giving back to the community through charitable giving, here’s what you should know. Continue reading

WORKING REMOTELY COULD AFFECT YOUR TAXES

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While some workers have returned to their offices, many have not. If you’re working remotely from a location in a different state (or country) from your office, you may be wondering if you will have to pay income tax in both jurisdictions. Continue reading