Taxes, Tax Reform, Planning

The tax score of winning

Studies have found that more people are engaging in online gambling and sports betting since the pandemic began. And there are still more traditional ways to gamble and play the lottery. If you’re lucky enough to win, be aware that tax consequences go along with your good fortune. Review the tax rul..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

5 October, 2021

Taxes, Tax Reform, Planning

The tax score of winning

Studies have found that more people are engaging in online gambling and sports betting since the pandemic began. And there are still more traditional ways to gamble and play the lottery. If you’re luc..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

5 October, 2021

Retirement Planning, Taxes, Tax Reform, Planning

Is a Health Savings Account right for you?

Given the escalating cost of health care, there may be a more cost-effective way to pay for it. For eligible individuals, a Health Savings Account (HSA) offers a tax-favorable way to set aside funds (..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

23 September, 2021

Taxes, Tax Reform, Planning, Divorcees and Widows, Gift Tax

Planning for year-end gifts with the gift tax annual exclusion

As we approach the holidays and the end of the year, many people may want to make gifts of cash or stock to their loved ones. By properly using the annual exclusion, gifts to family members and loved ..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

21 September, 2021

Taxes, Executives, Tax Reform, Planning, Business Owners, smallbusiness

Claiming theft loss deduction if business is victim of embezzlement

A business may be able to claim a federal income tax deduction for a theft loss. But does embezzlement count as theft? In most cases it does but you’ll have to substantiate the loss. A recent U.S. Tax..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

16 September, 2021

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Taxes, Executives, Planning, Business Owners, smallbusiness

Tax breaks to consider during National Small Business Week

The week of September 13-17 has been declared National Small Business Week by the Small Business Administration. To commemorate the week, here are three tax breaks to consider. 1. Claim bonus deprecia..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

14 September, 2021

Taxes, Planning, Divorcees and Widows, Casualty Loss, Federally Declared Disaster

You can only claim a casualty loss tax deduction in certain situations

In recent weeks, some Americans have been victimized by hurricanes, severe storms, flooding, wildfires and other disasters. No matter where you live, unexpected disasters may cause damage to your home..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

9 September, 2021

Retirement Planning, Taxes, Planning, Retirees, Divorcees and Widows, Investment Advisory & Wealth Mangement, Education

Estate planning in a socially distanced environment

As many states continue to struggle with the current surge in COVID-19 cases, the “new normal” demands continued social distancing in many areas of life. What does this mean for estate planning? Clear..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

7 September, 2021

Taxes, Planning, Investment Advisory & Wealth Mangement, Education

Scholarships are usually tax free but may result in taxable income

If your child is fortunate enough to be awarded a scholarship, you may wonder about the tax implications. Fortunately, scholarships (and fellowships) are generally tax free for students at elementary,..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

3 September, 2021

Retirement Planning, Taxes, Estate Planning, Planning, Retirees, Divorcees and Widows

Is recording my will signing on video a good idea?

Some people make video recordings of their will signings in an effort to create evidence that they possess the requisite testamentary capacity. For some, this strategy may help stave off a will contes..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

1 September, 2021

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Taxes, Executives, Planning, Business Owners, Divorcees and Widows, smallbusiness

Getting a divorce? Be aware of tax implications if you own a business

If you’re a business owner and you’re getting a divorce, tax issues can complicate matters. Your business ownership interest is one of your biggest personal assets and in many cases, your marital prop..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

30 August, 2021

Retirement Planning, Taxes, Estate Planning, Planning, Retirees, Divorcees and Widows, Investment Advisory & Wealth Mangement

Understanding the current "step-up" basis rules

If you’re planning your estate, or you’ve recently inherited assets, you may be unsure of the “cost” (or “basis”) for tax purposes. The current rules Under the current fair market value basis rules (a..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

30 July, 2021

Taxes, Estate Planning, Planning, Retirees, Investment Advisory & Wealth Mangement

Can a broken trust be fixed?

An irrevocable trust has long been a key component of many estate plans. But what if it no longer serves your purposes? Is it too late to change it? Depending on applicable state law, you may have sev..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

28 July, 2021

Retirement Planning, Taxes, Estate Planning, Tax Reform, Planning, Retirees, Business Owners, Divorcees and Widows, Investment Advisory & Wealth Mangement

Does your estate plan address your grandchildren in a fair manner?

Many people, when planning their estates, simply divide their assets equally among their children. But “equal” may not necessarily mean “fair.” It all depends on your family’s circumstances. Specifica..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

14 July, 2021

Taxes, Tax Reform, Planning, Business Owners, Divorcees and Widows, smallbusiness, Advance Child Tax Credit

Many parents will receive advance tax credit payments starting July 15

Eligible parents will soon begin receiving payments from the federal government. The IRS announced that the 2021 advance child tax credit (CTC) payments, which were created in the American Rescue Plan..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

12 July, 2021

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Executives, Planning, Business Owners, Business Consulting, smallbusiness

Are you holding a joint title to property with a family member?

Owning assets jointly with one or more of your children or other heirs is a common estate planning “shortcut.” But like many shortcuts, it may produce unintended — and costly — consequences. Joint own..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

1 July, 2021

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Executives, Planning, Business Owners, Business Consulting, smallbusiness

Recordkeeping DOs and DON’Ts for business meal and vehicle expenses

If you’re claiming deductions for business meals or auto expenses, expect the IRS to closely review them. In some cases, taxpayers have incomplete documentation or try to create records months (or yea..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

29 June, 2021

Taxes, Executives, Tax Reform, Planning, Business Owners, smallbusiness

Traveling for business again? What can you deduct?

As we continue to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be traveling again for business. Under tax law, there are a number of rules for deducting the cost of your out-of-town business travel with..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

24 June, 2021

Executives, Tax Reform, Planning, Retirees, Text Preparation Planning, Business Owners, Divorcees and Widows, Investment Advisory & Wealth Mangement

Help guide your family with a road map for your estate plan

You’ve likely spent a lot of time working with your advisor to plan your estate. While documents such as your will, various trusts and a power of attorney are essential, consider adding a “road map” t..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

22 June, 2021

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Estate Planning, Executives, Planning

Estate planning in the FAST lane

Traditionally, estate planning has focused on more technical objectives, such as minimizing gift and estate taxes and protecting assets against creditors’ claims or lawsuits. These goals are still imp..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

18 June, 2021

Taxes, Executives, Planning

2021 Q3 tax calendar: Key deadlines for businesses and other employers

Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the third quarter of 2021. Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional de..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

17 June, 2021

Estate Planning, Executives, Planning, Retirees

Members of the sandwich generation find themselves in a unique situation

The “sandwich generation” is a large segment of the population. These are people who find themselves caring for both their children and their parents at the same time. As a result, estate planning — w..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

17 June, 2021

Investing, Estate Planning, Tax Reform, Planning, Business Owners, Investment Advisory & Wealth Mangement, smallbusiness

Tax-favored ways to build up a college fund

If you’re a parent with a college-bound child, you may be concerned about being able to fund future tuition and other higher education costs. You want to take maximum advantage of tax benefits to mini..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

17 June, 2021

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Retirement Planning, Taxes, Estate Planning, Planning, Retirees

4 Reasons to Revisit Your Powers of Attorney

Although much of estate planning deals with what happens after you die, it’s equally important to have a plan for making critical financial or medical decisions if you’re unable to make them for yours..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

12 May, 2021

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Taxes, Tax Reform, Planning

Unemployed last year? Buying health insurance this year?

In recent months, there have been a number of tax changes that may affect your individual tax bill. Many of these changes were enacted to help mitigate the financial damage caused by COVID-19. Here ar..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

27 April, 2021

Taxes, Planning

If you’re selling your home, don’t forget about taxes

Traditionally, spring and summer are popular times for selling a home. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 crisis has resulted in a slowdown in sales. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports that e..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

17 June, 2020

Planning, Text Preparation Planning, Accounting Services, Investment Advisory & Wealth Mangement

Sec. 529 vs. Roth IRA plans - Choosing a college savings tool

Many people assume that a Section 529 plan is the ideal college savings tool. But the Roth IRA can also help parents save for college expenses. This article reviews the strengths of each. For example,..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Planning, Traditional IRA, Retirees

Take it or leave it - How to handle your 401(K) plan when you retire

A major decision for those who are newly retired, or planning on retiring soon, is deciding what to do with the savings accumulated in their company’s 401(k) plan. This article takes a look at various..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Planning, Removing money from a qualified plan, Business Owners, Business Consulting

Running your personal finances like a business

Most individuals don’t regard themselves as businesses, trying to turn a profit and beat the competition. But, occasionally, it may help to look at one’s financial situation this way to determine wher..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Planning, Physicians

5 ways to improve practice efficiency

Practice efficiency is tied to practice profitability — and it can help physicians and staff members continue to provide good health care over time. This article lists five specific ways physicians ca..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Planning

Defeating Age Discrimination in the Workplace

Despite record-breaking low unemployment rates, "age discrimination remains a significant and costly problem for workers, their families and our economy," says a report from the Equal Employment Oppor..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020