Consider Filing an Amended Return – By John R. Bullis

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If you filed your U.S. Individual Income Tax Return for 2016 and now you realize it is not correct, consider filing an Amended Return on form 1040X. With all the special rules and the difficulties in gathering all the tax information, it is not unusual for a return to not be quite correct. Perhaps you received a ‘corrected’ form of …

Tax Reform Update – By Kelly J. Bullis

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As I have said before, getting Congress to work together to come up with real Tax Reform is about as easy as herding cats! Believe it or not, the “cats” (fat-cats in Congress) are actually starting to line up and head in the same direction. Amazing! So what are we looking at right now. Eliminate the Estate Tax, but keep …

Consider Taking Some Capital Losses – By John R. Bullis

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If you make 100 decisions, it is not reasonable to expect all of your decisions to be good ones. If you make investments, it is possible some of them will turn out to not be winners. If you have a stock that is worth less than you paid for it, you could consider selling it before the end of the …

Thoughts on Proposed Tax Law Changes – By John R. Bullis

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Will Congress change the tax laws? When will they send the proposed changes to the President? Will he sign it and have the laws changed? I don’t know, but perhaps you should not ‘hold your breath’ waiting for it to happen. Of course the tax laws are too complicated and it is too expensive to prepare the returns. I think …

Court Found IRS Was Wrong in Part – By John R. Bullis

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Robert Fiscalini owned his principal personal residence (his home) in California, but the mortgages from various re-financing and business problems were more than he could pay. He transferred the ownership of the home to his parents in a transaction that was part sale and part gift. The parents got a new mortgage with most of the funds used to pay …

Claiming Casualty Losses – By John R. Bullis

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Congress has special rules that apply when a loss results from a casualty like Harvey or Irma. Victims have more time to file their 2016 income tax returns-until Jan. 31, 2018. And they also have until Jan. 31, 2018 to pay the estimated tax payments due Sept. 15 and the following Jan. 16, 2018. Employers can help employees pay for …

Help A Charity, Save Tax – By Kelly J. Bullis

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One of my readers asked me to talk about Charitable Gift Annuities. This just happens to be one of the best ways to invest your retirement savings in such a way that you get a reasonable guaranteed rate of return, much not taxable because you get a Charity Deduction up front and at your death, the remaining assets go directly …

Office in Home Deduction – By John R. Bullis

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With our economy like it is and with many folks operating a small business from their home, the income tax deduction for “Office in Home” can save some income tax. Form 1040, Schedule C is where the business income and expenses are reported for owners of a business that is not a partnership or corporation. The net income is subject …