Pay Itemized Deductions in 2017 – By John R. Bullis

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Since we don’t know what the new tax law for 2018 and later will be, it is difficult to decide what to do before 12-31-17. The proposal indicates the Standard Deduction will be increased and the use of Itemized Deductions on Schedule A of form 1040 will be reduced. Maybe the best answer for most folks is to pay itemized …

Unauthorized Disclosure of Tax Return – By John R. Bullis

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Joseph and Anna May got divorced in 2012. The attorney for Anna in the divorce proceedings was Melanie Moffat. In 2015 Joseph May sued attorney Moffat claiming Moffat published part of his 2014 tax return when it was identified as a document in the divorce proceedings. Internal Revenue Code Section 7431 allows individuals to sue for civil damages if the …

New Limits for 2018 Retirement Savings – By John R. Bullis

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It is good Congress has linked many retirement plans with inflation. Here are some of the main 2018 dollar limits. 401(K) maximum contribution increases in 2018 to $18,500. That is $500 more than it was for 2017. And if you were born before 1969 (will be age 50 by 12-31-18) the “Catch-up” contribution is an additional $6,000. If there is …

Hire and Pay Your Kids – By John R. Bullis

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A business owner that reports business income and expenses on Schedule C of form 1040 has a special opportunity to reduce their income and self-employment taxes. Suppose the owner has some children that can work in the business. If you keep the records of when they worked, how many hours and how business related, then you have a possible expense …

Section 1790 Depreciation Deduction – By John R. Bullis

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There is a special deduction for businesses that buy personal property for use in the business. Section 179 deduction is for the cost of equipment (new or used) and Qualified Real Property that is purchased and placed in service before the end of the year. The deduction can be as much as $500,000. It is OK if you don’t pay …

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 …