Deductions of IRA and self-employed retirement plan contributions, alimony, and student loan interest
Maximize Business Expenses
Maximize Business Expenses: Beginning in 2018, business owners are able to write off most business purchases using the very liberal 100% bonus depreciation and the Sec. 179 expensing allowance. The property must be placed in service during the tax year for which the deduction is being claimed.
Changing jobs is a part and parcel of life. One can either look for better job opportunities or could be unfortunately part of corporate downsizing. In either case, there could be quite a few tax implications and impacts on your Tax benefits.
Being aware of them will help you overcome such situations gracefully. Here are the top tax benefits that you should not forget while switching jobs or businesses.
A vast majority of employees have a lot of taxes deducted from their paycheck. In fact, the number stands at about 100 million people receiving a fat refund cheque. With a new job, you have the option to set it right.
- With your new employer, it is time to revisit your W4 form.
- Allowances section in the form determines the amount of taxes that you will have to pay or the amount that is withheld from your income.
- Do you choose the right structure for your business? How your business is structured can have a significant impact on the taxes that you pay. For example LLC’s, S-corporations are Pass-through entities which means your profit will be taxed at the ordinary tax rate, while shareholders of C Corp are taxed at corporate tax rate and then again when they report the distribution on their tax return, as a result, the income is “Taxed Twice”
Remember the Annual Gift Tax Exemption
Remember the Annual Gift Tax Exemption: One of the best ways to ultimately reduce your estate taxes and at the same time give to those you love is to take advantage of the annual gift tax exemption. Although the gifts are not tax-deductible, for tax year 2018, you are able to give $15,000 to each of as many people as you want without having to report the transfer to the government or pay any gift tax. If this is something that you want to do, make sure that you do so by the end of the year, as you are not able to carry the $15,000 over into 2019.
A personal exemption is an amount that a resident taxpayer is entitled to claim as a tax deduction against personal income in calculating taxable income and consequently federal income tax. It has the effect of reducing income tax payable, even to tax-free level, but not so as to result in a tax refund.
Exemption Phase-Out. Taxpayers earning above a certain amount will lose part or all the $4,050 exemption. See Publication 501 for details.
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