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 ones can reduce the size of your taxable estate, within generous limits, without triggering any esta..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

21 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

Taxes, Executives, Tax Reform, Business Owners, Business Consulting, Tax Audit

Deductibility of corporate expenses covered by officers/shareholders

Do you play a major role in a closely held corporation and sometimes spend money on corporate expenses personally? These costs may wind up being nondeductible both by an officer and the corporation un..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

26 July, 2021

Taxes, Tax Reform, Retirees, Business Owners, Divorcees and Widows, smallbusiness, Tax Audit

IRS audits may be increasing, so be prepared

The IRS just released its audit statistics for the 2020 fiscal year and fewer taxpayers had their returns examined as compared with prior years. But even though a small percentage of returns are being..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

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

Hiring your minor children this summer? Reap tax and nontax benefits

If you’re a business owner and you hire your children this summer, you can obtain tax breaks and other nontax benefits. The kids can gain on-the-job experience, spend time with you, save for college a..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

8 July, 2021

Taxes, Executives, Tax Reform, Retirees, Business Owners, Divorcees and Widows, smallbusiness

Still have questions after you file your tax return?

Even after your 2020 tax return has been successfully filed with the IRS, you may still have some questions about the return. Here are brief answers to three questions that we’re frequently asked at t..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

6 July, 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

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, Tax Reform, Business Owners, smallbusiness

Ensure the IRS doesn’t reclassify independent contractors as employees

Many businesses use independent contractors to help keep their costs down. If you’re among them, make sure that these workers are properly classified for federal tax purposes. If the IRS reclassifies ..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

18 May, 2021

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

Simple retirement savings options for your small business

Are you thinking about setting up a retirement plan for yourself and your employees, but you’re worried about the financial commitment and administrative burdens involved in providing a traditional pe..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

29 April, 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, Tax Reform, Traditional IRA

What to do if you’re audited by the IRS

Taxpayers don’t necessarily need to panic when they receive an IRS letter. Often, returns are chosen for examination randomly, or because the IRS needs additional information. This article provides ti..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes, Tax Reform, Text Preparation Planning

Asset protection is just as important as tax planning

Many financially savvy individuals are already thinking about filing their tax returns next year. But they shouldn’t overlook another critical and equally important aspect of financial planning: asset..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes, Tax Reform, Text Preparation Planning

Making gifts to loved ones Don’t forget tax planning

Many people want to pass assets to the next generation during their lifetimes, whether to reduce the size of their taxable estates, to help family members or to see their loved ones enjoy the gifts. T..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes, Tax Reform

Planning for the net investment income tax

Despite its name, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act didn’t cut all types of taxes. It left several taxes unchanged, including the 3.8% tax on net investment income (NII) of high-income taxpayers. This brief a..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes, Tax Reform

Vacation homes Do you understand the tax nuances

A vacation home can provide a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. But that’s not all: It can also offer valuable tax benefits. This article sorts out the rules for claiming a ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes, Tax Reform

Do you know your tax bracket

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act generally reduced individual tax rates through 2025, but some taxpayers have actually seen their taxes go up because of reductions or eliminations of certain tax breaks. This..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes, Tax Reform

Estate Planning Red Flag - You're splitting gifts with your spouse

The annual gift tax exclusion allows a person to transfer up to $15,000 per beneficiary gift-tax-free. One can double the exclusion to $30,000 per beneficiary if an election is made to split the gifts..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes, Tax Reform

7 ways to prevent elder financial abuse

As tax season ramps up, so do the efforts of scam artists looking to steal older people’s financial data and money. This article offers seven ways to prevent elder financial abuse. 7 ways to prevent e..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes, Tax Reform

Are income taxes taking a bite out of your trusts

Anyone whose estate plan includes one or more trusts should review them before filing an income tax return. And those who have already filed should look carefully at how their trusts were affected. Th..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Executives, Tax Reform

LHCPA Post 5

What is Lorem Ipsum? Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer to..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Tax Reform

Investment Interest Expense Is Still Deductible, but It Might Not Matter

As you likely know by now, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) reduced or eliminated many deductions for individuals. One itemized deduction the TCJA kept intact is for investment interest expense. This ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Tax Reform

Save Taxes by Bunching Medical Expenses into 2018

Some of your medical expenses may be tax deductible, but only if you itemize deductions and have enough expenses to exceed the applicable floor for deductibility. With proper planning, you may be able..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Estate Planning, Tax Reform

Consider All the Tax Consequences Before Making Gifts to Loved Ones

Many people choose to pass assets to the next generation during life, whether to reduce the size of their taxable estate, to help out family members or simply to see their loved ones enjoy the gifts. ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Taxes, Tax Reform

529 Plans Offer 2 Tax-Advantaged Funding Options

Section 529 plans are a popular education-funding tool because of tax and other benefits. Two types are available: 1) prepaid tuition plans, and 2) savings plans. And one of these plans got even bette..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Tax Reform

Tax Reform: Changes to Popular Deductions and Eliminated Changes

Taxpayers who have come to rely on popular tax deductions may need to check their expectations when it comes time to file taxes for 2018. That’s because The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made some modificatio..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020