Run The Numbers Before Donating Appreciated Assets To Charity

Are you charitably inclined? If so, you probably know that donations of long-term appreciated assets, such as stocks, have an advantage over cash donations. But in some cases, selling appreciated assets and donating the proceeds may be a better strategy. That’s because adjusted gross income (AGI) li..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

16 January, 2023

Taxes, Planning

How Inflation Will Affect Your 2022 And 2023 Tax Bills

The effects of inflation are all around. You’re probably paying more for gas, food, health care and other expenses than you were last year. Are you wondering how high inflation will affect your fed..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

17 November, 2022

Taxes, Planning

The GST tax and your estate plan: What you need to know

The GST tax and your estate plan: What you need to know

Here’s a not-so-fun fact: The generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax is among the harshest and most complex in the tax code. So, if..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

11 July, 2022

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Retirement Planning, Tax Reform, Planning, Business Owners, smallbusiness

There still may be time to cut your tax bill with an IRA

If you’re getting ready to file your 2021 tax return, and your tax bill is more than you’d like, there might still be a way to lower it. If yo..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

11 March, 2022

Taxes, Tax Reform, Planning, Accounting Services, Tax Audit

Did you give to charity in 2021? Make sure you have substantiation

If you donated to charity last year, letters from the charities may have appeared in your mailbox recently acknowledging the donations. But wh..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

16 February, 2022

Taxes, Estate Planning, Planning, Business Consulting

The donor-advised fund: A powerful vehicle for charitable giving

If charitable giving is important to you, consider a donor-advised fund (DAF). A DAF — typically sponsored and managed by a community foundati..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

16 February, 2022

Taxes, Planning, Business Consulting, Advance Child Tax Credit, Tax Audit

Making withdrawals from your closely held corporation that aren’t taxed as dividends

Do you want to withdraw cash from your closely held corporation at a minimum tax cost? The simplest way is to distribute cash as a dividend. H..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

16 February, 2022

Taxes, Planning, Business Consulting, Advance Child Tax Credit, Tax Audit

Married couples filing separate tax returns: Why would they do it?

If you’re married, you may wonder whether you should file joint or separate tax returns. The answer depends on your individual tax situation.<..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

21 February, 2022

Retirement Planning, Taxes, Tax Reform, Planning, Retirees, Divorcees and Widows

Are you eligible for a medical expense tax deduction?

You may pay out a bundle in out-of-pocket medical costs each year. But can you deduct them on your tax return? It’s possible but not easy. Med..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

12 January, 2022

Investing, Taxes, Executives, Tax Reform, Planning, Investment Advisory & Wealth Mangement

With proper planning, a charitable remainder trust can replicate a “stretch” IRA

The “stretch” IRA generally no longer exists. But if you have a substantial balance in a traditional IRA, a properly designed charitable remai..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

12 January, 2022

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

Businesses with employees who receive tips may be eligible for a tax credit

If you’re an employer with a business where tipping is customary for providing food and beverages, you may qualify for a federal tax credit in..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

12 January, 2022

Taxes, Executives, Tax Reform, Planning, Retirees, Divorcees and Widows

How will revised tax limits affect your 2022 taxes?

While Congress didn’t pass the Build Back Better Act in 2021, there are still tax changes that may affect your tax situation for this year. Th..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

12 January, 2022

Taxes, Tax Reform, Planning, Business Owners, smallbusiness

Small businesses: There still may be time to cut your 2021 taxes

Don’t let the holiday rush keep you from considering some important steps to reduce your 2021 tax liability. You still have time to execute a ..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

15 December, 2021

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

Is your estate plan up to date following a divorce?

If you’ve recently divorced, your time likely has been consumed with attorney meetings and negotiations, even if everything was amicable. Prob..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

13 December, 2021

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Taxes, Tax Reform, Planning, Business Owners, smallbusiness

Providing a company car? Here’s how taxes are handled

The use of a company vehicle is a valuable fringe benefit for owners and employees of small businesses. This perk results in tax deductions fo..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

13 December, 2021

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

With year-end approaching, 3 ideas that may help cut your tax bill

If you’re starting to worry about your 2021 tax bill, there’s good news — you may still have time to reduce your liability. Here are three qui..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

13 December, 2021

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

Prepare for a new year by reviewing your estate plan

Hopefully, you already have a sound estate plan in place to protect the interests of your heirs and minimize potential estate tax liability. B..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

9 December, 2021

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

Do you have a will?

The need for a will as a key component of your estate plan may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised by the number of people — even affluent in..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

15 November, 2021

Taxes, Estate Planning, Tax Reform, Planning, Retirees, Divorcees and Widows, Investment Advisory & Wealth Mangement, Gift Tax

Feeling generous at year end? Strategies for donating to charity or gifting to loved ones

As we approach the holidays, many people plan to donate to their favorite charities or give money or assets to their loved ones. Here are the ..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

15 November, 2021

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Taxes, Tax Reform, Planning, Business Owners, smallbusiness

Employers: The Social Security wage base is increasing in 2022

The Social Security Administration recently announced that the wage base for computing Social Security tax will increase to $147,000 for 2022 ..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

3 November, 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 trad..........

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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 Acc..........

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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 usin..........

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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 b..........

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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..........

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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 yo..........

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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 are..........

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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 fello..........

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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..........

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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 bi..........

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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.

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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 chan..........

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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...........

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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..........

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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..........

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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 incomp..........

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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 d..........

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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..........

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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 credit..........

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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 ..........

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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 ..........

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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. ..........

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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..........

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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..........

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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 tha..........

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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 examp..........

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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

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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

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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..........

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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 O..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

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