Tax

Paying for tuition

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Prepaid tuition vs. college savings: Which type of 529 plan is better? Section 529 plans provide a tax-advantaged way to help pay for college expenses. Here are just a few of the benefits: Although contributions aren’t deductible for federal purposes, plan assets can grow tax-deferred. Some states offer tax incentives for contributing in the form […]

Business Taxes

Document!

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Documentation is the key to business expense deductions If you have incomplete or missing records and get audited by the IRS, your business will likely lose out on valuable deductions. Here are two recent U.S. Tax Court cases that help illustrate the rules for documenting deductions. Case 1: Insufficient records In the first case, the […]

Personal Finances

Day Trader Status

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Tax impact of investor vs. trader status If you invest, whether you’re considered an investor or a trader can have a significant impact on your tax bill. Do you know the difference? Investors Most people who trade stocks are classified as investors for tax purposes. This means any net gains are treated as capital gains […]

Tax

Are mileage awards ever taxable?

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Are frequent flyer miles ever taxable? If you recently redeemed frequent flyer miles to treat the family to a fun summer vacation or to take your spouse on a romantic getaway, you might assume that there are no tax implications involved. And you’re probably right — but there is a chance your miles could be […]

Bookkeeping

Keeping your records

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Summer is a good time to start your 2017 tax planning and organize your tax records You may be tempted to forget all about taxes during summertime, when “the livin’ is easy,” as the Gershwin song goes. But if you start your tax planning now, you may avoid an unpleasant tax surprise when you file […]