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    Healthcare Tax Issues on the Rise

    There are a number of tax issues surrounding healthcare that have recently taken center stage. The state of Colorado has proposed, and decided to vote on a single payer healthcare system, which would make it the first state to provide free healthcare for residents. This would be a huge move for the state, which under these provisions would allow residents…

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    Year-End Tax Planning for 2015

    This guide is generally oriented towards the time-honored approach of deferring income and accelerating deductions to minimize 2015 taxes. For individuals, deferring income also may help minimize or avoid AGI-based phaseouts of various tax breaks. Year-end tax planning for 2015 must take account of the many important “temporary” tax provisions that have expired and may not be retroactively reinstated and…

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    Life Milestones and Their Effect on Your Taxes

    The breadth of our life experiences and changes that occur as we mature always have wider tax implications. The major milestones of our lives bring both tax benefits and liabilities. Almost every milestone we reach, whether it includes the excitement of change or the sadness of loss, directly or indirectly affects our status as a taxpayer. For example: Getting married…

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    Don’t Want to Buy Health Insurance? Look Into Market Place Hardship Exemptions

    If you can afford health insurance but you don’t wish to buy it expect a higher federal income tax bill for 2015. Under the Affordable Care Act, unless you have a health coverage exemption, the IRS will assess an additional penalty, using the higher result of the following two criteria: 2% of your yearly earnings: The amount of income above…

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    Avoiding Tax Identity Theft

    “Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes nationwide, and refund fraud caused by identity theft is one of the biggest challenges facing the IRS.”…IRS Tips for Taxpayers, FS-2014-2, January 2014 According to an IRS report, Mauricio Warner, a Georgia resident, had a $10 million tax fraud and identity theft operation underway before he was caught and convicted. Warner…

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    Estimated Taxes: Who Has to Pay Them and How?

    The majority of taxpayers pay their taxes due annually when filing their tax return for the year. In some circumstances, however, taxes must be paid to the IRS on a quarterly basis. These tax payments are called estimated taxes because they are based on the amount of income that an individual or business expects to make for the year.

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    Filing your federal tax return after filing for an extension

    April 15th may be more than six months away but it is never too soon to start thinking about how and when you will file your tax return. If all taxes due are not paid on time, you run the risk of penalties and interest. This is not a situation most people want to be in. You avoid penalties by…

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  • Lower your Tax Liability with Deductions and Credits

    Tax deductions and credits help taxpayers reduce their tax liability. The differences between the two are in their definitions: A tax deduction reduces your gross income and arises from a deductible expense. Taxpayers can take a standard deduction up front or itemize expenses. A tax credit is an amount of money applied directly to the tax liability. Tax credits are…

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    Use tax software or hire a human? — DIY vs. DPB

    Should you try to file that complicated tax return with using commercial tax software or get the help of a qualified tax preparer? Unless you’re a qualified tax accountant, you should consider the pros and cons of DIY versus DPB. The former is fraught with pitfalls; the latter is more conducive to peace of mind. A note on the aforementioned…

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    Plan Ahead for Your 2015 Tax Filing

    Experience can be a good teacher, but we shouldn’t learn everything through our mistakes. For example, if the IRS penalized you last April because you underpaid your taxes, you can fix that for this tax year. Consider having your employer deduct more from your wages, or at least going the estimated tax payment route. We may be halfway through 2015…

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