Do Your Really Save Money by Doing Your Own Taxes?

A lot of people go into tax season thinking about this simple question: should I have my taxes done or save money by doing it myself? It’s always good to be thinking and weighing the options, but for many people doing their own taxes does not equate to saving money. Here’s why. The cost of a tax return Exactly how much does it cost to have your taxes done for …

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5 Tax Saving Tips for 2019

Tax season can be a stressful time as we think about paying our taxes. Reducing the taxes you owe may be easier than you think and it’s about more than saving money. It can help you to be more giving, provide for your children’s education, run a thriving business, and set yourself up for a better future. Here are 5 of the best ways to save on your taxes in …

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3 Last Minute Moves to Reduce Your 2019 Taxes

Can you believe 2019 is winding down already? If you want to make the most of your taxes this year, here are three things you can do before the year ends (and one even after the year is over.) Maximizing Retirement Contributions One of the best things you can do to reduce your taxes is to contribute to a tax advantaged retirement plan. As the year comes to a close, …

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How Will the New Postcard Form 1040 Affect Your Taxes?

You may remember a lot of speculation and talk about a new simplified tax form that fits on a postcard. Like much of the recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that inspired the new Form 1040, the details are still being worked out. The IRS has released draft versions of the new forms for comment but they may still change before tax time. Based on what we’ve seen of the …

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Three Great Ways to Reduce Your Tax Bill

While some taxpayers play the game of questionable tax deductions, many more hesitate to take perfectly legitimate tax breaks because they don’t understand the tax code and are afraid it will trigger an audit. As long as you’ve kept good records and followed IRS guidelines, the possibility of an audit…

Can Your Small Business Still Take Meals and Entertainment Deductions?

As part of President Trump’s tax reforms, meals and entertainment deductions are changing. These deductions have been very common for all sizes of businesses for years. Taking a client to lunch or out to an event to discuss a deal, bringing lunch in for employees, or feeding the team during an office party seem like business as usual. With the new…

Questions to Ask Tax Preparer

There are various types of tax return preparers, including certified public accountants, enrolled agents, attorneys, and many others who don’t have professional credentials. You expect your preparer to be skilled in tax preparation and to accurately file your income tax return.

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