taxes

November 8, 2017 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Year-End Tax Planning Strategies for Individuals

Once again, tax planning for the year ahead presents a number of challenges, first and foremost being what tax reform measures (if any) will actually become legislation–and when they take effect (e.g. retroactive to January 1, 2017, or a future date). Furthermore, a number of tax extenders expired at the end of 2016, which may […]

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October 26, 2017 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Small Business Tax Tips: Health Care Tax Credit

As a small employer, you may be eligible for a tax credit that lets you keep more of your hard-earned money. It’s called the small business health care tax credit, and it benefits employers that: offer coverage through the small business health options program, also known as the SHOP Marketplace have fewer than 25 full-time […]

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October 4, 2017 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

What you Need to Know About the Equifax Data Breach

Background: What is Equifax? Equifax is one of three major U.S. credit reporting bureaus. The other two are TransUnion and Experian. There is also a smaller, less well-known credit-reporting agency called Innovis (aka CBCInnovis) that operates slightly different in that its main purpose is to provide mortgage credit reporting services to the financial services industry. […]

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August 29, 2017 | Staff Writer

Comptroller Warns Taxpayers of Scam Impersonating IRS and FBI

Maryland Comptroller, Peter Franchot, is urging residents to avoid downloading links to questionnaires that utilizes the emblems from the Federal Bureau of Investigations and Internal Revenue Service due to a new phishing scheme. The scam email uses what appears to be an official sign from both the IRS and FBI and prompts users to select […]

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August 2, 2017 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Traditional IRAs vs. Roth IRAs

Two types of IRAs are available to fund your retirement: Traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs. While both are subject to many of the same rules there are several important differences. It’s important to understand these differences because the type of individual retirement account (IRA) you choose can significantly impact your financial future and that of […]

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July 17, 2017 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Minimizing Tax on Mutual Fund Activities

Tax law generally treats mutual fund shareholders as if they directly owned a proportionate share of the fund’s portfolio of securities and you must report as income any mutual fund distributions, whether or not they are reinvested. Thus, all dividends and interest from securities in the portfolio, as well as any capital gains from the […]

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June 30, 2017 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Tax Tips for Students with a Summer Job

Is your child a student with a summer job? Here’s what you should know about the income your child earns over the summer. All taxpayers fill out a W-4 when starting a new job. This form is used by employers to determine the amount of tax that will be withheld from your paycheck. Taxpayers with […]

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May 31, 2017 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Retirement Plan Options for Small Businesses

Employer-sponsored retirement plans have become a key component for retirement savings. They are also an increasingly important tool for attracting and retaining the high-quality employees you need to compete in today’s competitive environment. Besides helping employees save for the future, however, instituting a retirement plan can provide you, as the employer, with benefits that enable […]

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May 22, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Berliner Talks Trash (… and Budget, and Politics …)

Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner met with reporters Monday, and discussed last week’s straw vote on the county’s $5.4 billion spending plan, as well as the troubles with gettingĀ a trash contractor to live up to his contract. He also discusses the upcoming election season, where possibly three or more members of the County Council […]

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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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