Financial Cents

May 16, 2017 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

What to Do if You Haven’t Filed a Tax Return

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, was the tax deadline for most taxpayers to file their tax returns. If you haven’t filed a 2016 tax return yet, don’t delay. There’s still time–and it’s not as difficult as you think. Here’s What to Do When Your Return Is Late First, gather any and all information related to income […]

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April 24, 2017 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Estimated Tax Payments: Q & A

Estimated tax is the method used to pay tax on income that is not subject to withholding. This includes income from self-employment, interest, dividends, alimony, and rent, as well as gains from the sale of assets, prizes and awards. You also may have to pay estimated tax if the amount of income tax being withheld […]

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April 5, 2017 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Last Minute Filing Tips for 2016 Tax Returns

Are you one of the millions of Americans who hasn’t filed (or even started) your taxes yet? With the April 18 tax filing deadline quickly approaching, here is some last minute tax advice for you. 1. Stop Procrastinating. Resist the temptation to put off your taxes until the very last minute. It takes time to […]

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March 14, 2017 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Are your Social Security Benefits Taxable?

Social security benefits include monthly retirement, survivor, and disability benefits. If you received Social security benefits in 2016, you should receive a Form SSA-1099, Social Security Benefit Statement, showing the amount. Note: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments are not taxable. If Social Security was your only source of income in 2016 your benefits might not […]

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March 7, 2017 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Six Overlooked Tax Breaks for Individuals

Confused about which credits and deductions you can claim on your 2016 tax return? You’re not alone. Here are six tax breaks that you won’t want to overlook. 1. State Sales and Income Taxes Thanks to the PATH ACT of 2015, taxpayers filing their 2016 returns can deduct either state income tax paid or state […]

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February 28, 2017 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Five Ways to Improve your Financial Situation

If you are having trouble paying your debts, it is important to take action sooner rather than later. Doing nothing leads to much larger problems in the future, whether it’s a bad credit record or bankruptcy resulting in the loss of assets and even your home. If you’re in financial trouble, then here are some […]

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February 10, 2017 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

IRS Tax Scams 2017: FAQs

As tax season approaches, taxpayers are reminded to be on the lookout for an array of evolving tax scams related to identity theft and refund fraud. Every year scam artists look for new ways to trick taxpayers out of their hard-earned money, sensitive financial information or even access to their computers. It seems that no […]

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February 7, 2017 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Who Should File a 2016 Tax Return?

Most people file a tax return because they have to, but even if you don’t, there are times when you should–because you might be eligible for a tax refund and not know it. The six tax tips below should help you determine whether you’re one of them. 1. General Filing Rules. Whether you need to […]

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January 30, 2017 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Are We Financially Prepared For Retirement?

The reality is, we tend to spend our time focusing on accumulating assets and retirement funds but what happens when it’s time to draw down those accounts and tap into our assets? It’s not always easy to shift gears and suddenly have to worry about finances and (gasp) stick to some kind of budget once […]

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January 23, 2017 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Earlier Filing Deadlines in 2017 for Forms W-2 and 1099

Starting in 2017 employers and small businesses face an earlier filing deadline of January 31 for Forms W-2. The new January 31 filing deadline also applies to certain Forms 1099-MISC reporting non-employee compensation such as payments to independent contractors. Also of note is that the IRS must also hold some refunds until February 15. A […]

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