Everyone is welcome to hang out with us for a free tax presentation at the St Charles Library on January 9th at 6:30 PM. Harry is the guest speaker and the event is sponsored by the St Charles Chamber of Commerce and SCORE. This is a no cost way to get caught up on tax changes this year. Bring your tax questions! Feel free to drop in or click here to sign up for the event.
Good news for all our business where meals with clients are an important part of marketing. Tax reform last year was unclear on this but the IRS just put out Notice 2018-76 that says meals with clients are still 50% deductible. Carry on and continue dining!
For years, we have been advising clients about the benefits of the ‘Backdoor Roth’ strategy. Lack of IRS guidance had clouded the issue with many. Congress has finally put it’s finger on the scale with a few footnotes in the recent Tax Reform Bill.
Tax reform has both added and removed tax reduction opportunities for businesses in 2018. While the resulting tax code writing and interpretation will go on for quite some time, it is never too early to bounce the changes off of how you operate your business.
Check out our Special Edition Newsletter for some details.
We are contacting selected clients regarding a tax saving opportunity that is now available as a result of tax reform (Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) that was passed today.
You may benefit from prepaying your property taxes.
This legislation has limited the deductibility of property taxes for 2018 and beyond. In certain scenarios, it will be beneficial to pay your 2018 property tax bill before the end of 2017 and capture the deduction before it is lost.
The following must all be true to benefit on your 2017 tax return:
- Itemize deductions
- Pay Property tax
- Do not pay AMT tax
- Have the funds available to make a payment before the end of the year
Every county has different rules for prepaying your property taxes. For example, here are instructions for Kane County, Illinois: http://kanecountyconnects.com/2017/12/how-to-prepay-your-kane-county-property-tax-bill-and-potentially-save-money/
Please contact us if you would like us to analyze your specific situation to determine if prepaying your property taxes will be beneficial.
Matters of the heart and tax matters normally need to be considered separately. That being said, it is good to be armed with the facts. The term ‘Marriage Penalty’ is thrown around a lot but this article breaks it down with some humor added for good measure. Taxes and humor…. who knew?
Dependent? It Depends…
It is pretty well known that parents can take their children as dependents while they are in college. What about after college if they take a while to get started? What about parents that you support? Here is a good article on point: Who can be a dependent? As always, give us a call if you need more on this.
Tax Scams, Security, and what WE are doing about it
We have touched on this topic before but scammers are continuing to evolve. We still hate these guys.
The IRS recently finished a Security Summit. The takeaways?
• Scammers will still use aggressive and threatening phone calls but there has been a significant uptick in email Phishing and Malware
• Scammers creatively focus on new or confusing tax laws
• Scammers frequently go after elderly taxpayers
• Scammers are now targeting tax preparers
This last one is important and we take it seriously. At Fox Valley Tax Solutions we have implemented an Information Security Plan recommended by the IRS to ensure we are doing our part to safeguard Taxpayer Data. Not all tax preparers are up to speed on this!
Did we mention we hate these guys?
Source: Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts