Tax Rules Regarding Legal and Professional Fees

Tax Rules Regarding Legal and Professional Fees by Susan Moussi

{3:35 minutes to read} Tax rules regarding legal and professional fees can be complex and sometimes disappointing.

Complex since there are certain legal and professional fees for which you can get an immediate tax write-off. In other cases, you can add these expenses to the cost of the relevant item and write it off over a longer period of time. Disappointing because some aren’t deductible at all, and oftentimes they are only beneficial as a deduction when they exceed 2% of your adjusted gross income. Here’s what you should know:

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6 Ways to Save Money Next Tax Season

6 Ways to Save Money Next Tax Season by Susan Moussi

{4:30 minutes to read} Having just completed the 2015 tax filing season, I have been reflecting on some of the situations that caused me and my team to spend more time on preparing tax returns this year. The cost of tax preparation is based on the amount of time needed to prepare the return, so identifying places where changes can be made throughout the year can help save my clients money next year.

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The Alimony Recapture Rule: What It Is & How to Avoid It

The Alimony Recapture Rule: What Is It & How to Avoid It by Susan Moussi

{2:10 minutes to read} The alimony recapture rule is a potential tax consequence when alimony is paid for a period of fewer than three years and when there are dramatic drop-offs in the amount paid from year to year. 

There are times when alimony may be paid by one spouse to another for a very short period of time. When this happens, the payor of alimony risks the possibility of having to report so-called phantom income. 

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Don’t Be a Victim of Tax-Related Identity Theft

Don’t Be a Victim of Tax-Related Identity Theft by Susan Moussi

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During the last tax season, I had several clients – even in my very small tax practice – experience a new twist in tax-related identity theft.

Clients received notices from the IRS thanking them for filing their 2014 tax return, although we had not yet even filed one. Someone else used their stolen Social Security number to file a tax return and claim a fraudulent refund. The thieves used stolen Social Security numbers and even stolen Employer Identification Numbers (EIN) from a business to create false W2 forms to support the false claims.

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TIPA: 4 Tax Deductions That Were Reinstated for 2014

TIPA: 4 Tax Deductions That Were Reinstated for 2014 By Susan Moussi

{2:09 minutes to read} The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (TIPA), which Congress passed on December 16, 2014, restores certain deductions and credits that were not going to be available in 2014. Here are four of the most common deductions:

1. The Qualified Tuition Deduction

  • If you paid education expenses last year, you have the option of getting a credit or a deduction for expenses incurred to pay tuition and fees.
  • You may be able to write off as much as $4,000.

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Don’t Wait Until April! 8 Reasons to File Taxes Early

Don’t Wait Until April! 8 Reasons to File Taxes Early By Susan Moussi

{3:05 minutes to read} Do you file your taxes as soon as your documents arrive in the mail, or sometime in April? It’s open season right now. Here are eight reasons why, when it comes to filing taxes, sooner is better than later.

1. FAFSA Forms

This time of year, if you’re a parent of a college student, you may be filling out the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). This form requires your tax information from the prior year. While you can provide an estimate only, it’s usually better to have the actual information.

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