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Avoid Identity Theft to Protect Your Tax Return

Posted by Matt Szydlowski, CPA on Feb 26, 2019 6:51:00 AM

T'is the season! Tax season that is. It’s also identity theft season. Last year over 100,000 people discovered that their identity had been stolen when they attempted to file their taxes. While the IRS and other tax jurisdictions have worked diligently to reduce the number of fraudulent filings, there is still a lot that you can do to protect yourself from identity theft.

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Topics: identity theft, Taxes - Individual, cybersecurity

6 Important Things to Know About Divorce and Taxes

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Feb 21, 2019 6:00:00 AM

The sad reality is more than 50% of marriages end in divorce. The median duration of a marriage in the United States is 11 years. Divorce is a reality and there are some important things you need to know from a financial and tax perspective.

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Topics: divorce, Taxes - Individual, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

6 Common Tax Mistakes You Should Avoid

Posted by Matt Szydlowski, CPA on Jan 29, 2019 7:02:00 AM

Tax season is here, once again! I anticipate that this season will be different than tax years of the recent past due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”). While a lot has changed, there are a few things about tax season that never change – mistakes.

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Topics: Taxes - Individual, deductions

What Will the Government Shutdown Mean to Your Tax Return?

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Jan 8, 2019 1:20:22 PM

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the battle between the President and Congress over funding for a southern border wall. The government “shutdown” created by the impasse has created a lot of uncertainty about many government-provided services.

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Topics: Taxes - Corporate & Business, Taxes - Individual, taxes, IRS, Shutdown

What Types of Services are Subject to Sales Tax?

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Nov 1, 2018 6:40:00 AM

Historically, in the U.S., only goods were subject to sales tax. But as the economy has shifted from a production to a service-based economy (beginning in the 1950s), some services became subject to sales tax. 

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Topics: Taxes - Individual, SALT

ALERT: Be Wary of States Circumventing the $10,000 SALT deduction limitation

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Sep 20, 2018 10:19:00 AM

Current Law:

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 limits individual taxpayer's state and local tax (SALT), itemized deduction to $10,000 (including real estate taxes). The previous law allowed an unlimited deduction. This change may be detrimental to many individual taxpayers who relied heavily on these deductions in the past.

State Work-Arounds:

Some states have considered "work-arounds" to combat this limitation. Select states (California, Connecticut, Illinois, New York and New Jersey, thus far) have created state

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Topics: Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns, Taxes - Individual, deductions, taxes, IRS, tax avoidance, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

Tax planning – Why is this year any different?

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Sep 17, 2018 9:26:00 AM

Every year at this time, you start to hear more about the importance of year-end income tax planning in radio and television commentary. For many people with more complex businesses or investments, the beginning of the 4th quarter of the year signals the time to start to organize their tax documents and to set-up an appointment with their advisors to review results.

This year is different! This year, tax planning should be important to everyone, not just for those that have complex tax situations. The implementation of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 has impacted every taxpayer. While we have all heard about it, not everyone has an applied working knowledge of what the impact will be in the first annual income tax filing season, which begins in about three months.

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Topics: payroll, Taxes - Corporate & Business, Taxes - Individual, deductions, income tax, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, health care

Are my sales tax payments on major purchases still tax deductible?

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Aug 30, 2018 9:34:55 AM

For many individuals, September means it is time to look for a new car since the upcoming year’s automobile models are introduced.

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Topics: Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns, Taxes - Individual, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

Groundbreaking Sales & Use Tax Case Decided by the Supreme Court

Posted by Matt Szydlowski, CPA on Jun 29, 2018 8:38:52 AM

On June 21, the Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision in South Dakota vs. Wayfair (“Wayfair”).   The fallout of this decision will significantly change the way online vendors handle sales and use (“S&U”) tax for out-of-state consumers going forward.  It will, therefore, also affect online consumers.  Are you impacted!?

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Topics: Taxes - Corporate & Business, Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns, Taxes - Individual, taxes

IRS Okays home equity deductions

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Jun 7, 2018 12:30:00 PM

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 affected the tax deduction for interest paid on home equity debt as of 2018.

Under prior law, you could deduct interest on up to $100,000 of home equity debt, no matter how you used the money. The old rule is scheduled to return in 2026.

The bad news is that you now cannot deduct interest on home equity loans or home equity lines of credit if you use the money for college bills, medical expenses, paying down credit card debt, etc.

The good news is that the IRS has announced “Interest on Home Equity Loans Often Still Deductible Under New Law.”

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Topics: real estate, financing, Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns, Taxes - Individual, home, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

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