Financial Cents

October 2, 2019 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Homeowner Records: What to Keep and How Long

Keeping full and accurate homeowner records is not only vital for claiming deductions on your tax return, but also for determining the basis or adjusted basis of your home. These records include your purchase contract and settlement papers if you bought the property, or other objective evidence if you acquired it by gift, inheritance, or […]

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September 17, 2019 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Settling Tax Debt With an IRS Offer in Compromise

An offer in compromise (OIC) is an agreement between a taxpayer and the Internal Revenue Service that settles a taxpayer’s tax liabilities for less than the full amount owed. That’s the good news. The bad news is that not everyone is eligible to use this option to settle tax debt. In fact, nearly 60 percent […]

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September 11, 2019 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Two New Tax Scams to Watch out For

Although the April filing deadline has come and gone, scam artists remain hard at work. As such, taxpayers should be on the lookout for scams that reference taxes or mention the IRS, especially during the summer and fall as tax bills and refunds arrive. The two new variations of tax-related scams that are currently making […]

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August 28, 2019 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Who Can Represent You Before the IRS?

Many people use a tax professional to prepare their taxes. Anyone who prepares, or assists in preparing, all or substantially all of a federal tax return for compensation is required to have a valid Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). All enrolled agents must also have a valid PTIN. If you choose to have someone prepare […]

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August 22, 2019 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Three Tips for Getting an Accurate Business Valuation

If you’re conscientious about financial reporting, you may already have a sense of your company’s worth, but in some instances, you might need a formal business valuation, such as: Certain transactions: Are you selling your business? Planning an IPO? Need financing? Tax purposes: This includes estate planning, stock option distribution, and S Corporation conversions. Litigation: […]

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August 14, 2019 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Tax Deductions for Teachers and Educators

Educators can take advantage of tax deductions for qualified out-of-pocket expenses related to their profession such as classroom supplies, training, and travel. As such, as the new school year begins, teachers, administrators, and aides should remember to keep track of education-related expenses that could help reduce the amount of tax owed next spring. Prior to […]

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August 5, 2019 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Credit Reports: What You Should Know

Creditors keep their evaluation standards secret, making it difficult to know just how to improve your credit rating. Nonetheless, it is still important to understand the factors that determine creditworthiness. Periodically reviewing your credit report can also help you protect your credit rating from fraud–and you from identity theft. Credit Evaluation Factors Many factors are […]

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July 31, 2019 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Tax Reform Reminder: Changes to Itemized Deductions

Under tax reform, many tax laws changed, including those affecting itemized deductions. While many people no longer need to itemize due to the nearly doubling of the standard deduction, certain taxpayers whose total deductions exceed the standard deduction may still want to consider itemizing. As a reminder, here is a quick summary of how tax […]

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July 30, 2019 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

10 Facts about the Adoption Tax Credit

If you adopt a child in 2019, you may qualify for a tax credit, and if your employer helped pay for the costs of an adoption, you may be able to exclude some of your income from tax. Here are ten facts you should know about the Adoption Tax Credit. 1. Credit or Exclusion. The credit is […]

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July 16, 2019 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Special Tax Breaks for Members of the Armed Forces

Active members of the U.S. Armed Forces should be aware that there are special tax benefits available to them such as not having to pay taxes on some types of income or more time to file and pay their federal taxes. If you’re an active member of the armed forces, here’s what you should know […]

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