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Small Business IRS Audit Mistakes

Small Business IRS Audit Mistakes

In late 2020, the IRS announced that it will increase tax audits of small businesses by 50 percent in 2021. Here are several mistakes to avoid if you do get audited by Uncle Sam. Mistake: Missing income. A long history of investigating has led IRS auditors to focus on...
Good Debt Versus Bad Debt

Good Debt Versus Bad Debt

Not all debt is created equal. Knowing the difference can change the way you look at your spending. Good debt adds value Good debt often leads to financial growth, because the product or service being purchased adds more value than the debt that comes with it. Student...
Ideas to Lower Your 2021 Tax Bill

Ideas to Lower Your 2021 Tax Bill

Now is the time to begin tax planning for your 2021 return. Here are some ideas: Contribute to retirement accounts. Tally up all your 2021 contributions to retirement accounts so far, and estimate how much more you can stash away between now and December 31. So...
Understanding Your Net Worth

Understanding Your Net Worth

Knowing your net worth and understanding how it is changing over time is one of the most important financial concepts that everyone needs to understand. This number is used by banks, mortgage companies, insurance companies and you! Your net worth impacts your credit...
Forced to Withdraw from Retirement Accounts

Forced to Withdraw from Retirement Accounts

We’re always being reminded to save for retirement in tax-advantaged accounts like 401(k)s or IRAs. But did you know the government does an about-face and forces us to take money out of those accounts once we reach retirement? It’s called the required...
The Art of Bill Paying

The Art of Bill Paying

Paying bills is an inevitable part of everyday life, but that doesn’t mean it has to be stressful. Here are some ways to get control of your budget and perfect the art of stress-free bill paying. Make a budget. Knowing what you are making and what you are spending is...
Adjust to Pandemic Rule Rollbacks

Adjust to Pandemic Rule Rollbacks

It’s hard to believe a little over a year ago the COVID 19 pandemic hit everyone. As things slowly turn back to normal, you need to be ready for the normalizing of the tax rules and adjusting to new ones. Here is how you can be prepared. Required minimum...
Hot Housing Market Requires Tax Knowledge

Hot Housing Market Requires Tax Knowledge

With housing prices skyrocketing, more homeowners are considering cashing out to multiples over list price! Especially since one of the largest tax breaks available to most individuals is the ability to exclude up to $250,000 ($500,000 married) in capital gains on the...
Navigating the New 2021 Child Tax Credit

Navigating the New 2021 Child Tax Credit

The whirlwind of tax changes just keeps going. Now if you have children 17 or under there is a new, higher child tax credit in place for 2021. Here is what you need to know: Age matters. The old credit was for children under the age of 17. The new credit goes through...
Businesses Get More Time to Apply For PPP Loans

Businesses Get More Time to Apply For PPP Loans

Here’s what you need to know about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and other business relief provisions of the recently-passed American Rescue Plan Act. PPP loan application deadline extended. The deadline to apply for PPP loans is now May 31, 2021....