Financial Cents

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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July 9, 2019 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Your Canceled Debt Could Be Taxable

Generally, debt that is forgiven or canceled by a lender is considered taxable income by the IRS and must be included as income on your tax return. When that debt is forgiven, negotiated down (when you pay less than you owe), or canceled you will receive a Form 1099-C, Cancellation of Debt, from your financial institution or […]

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July 2, 2019 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

What to Do if You Receive an IRS CP2000 Notice

An IRS CP2000 notice is mailed to a taxpayer when income reported from third-party sources such as an employer, bank, or mortgage company does not match the income reported on the tax return. It is not a tax bill or a formal audit notification; it merely informs you about the information the IRS has received and […]

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June 26, 2019 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Filing an Amended Tax Return: What You need to Know

If you discover a mistake on your tax return after you’ve already filed, don’t panic. In most cases, all you have to do is file an amended tax return. Here’s what you need to know. Taxpayers should use Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, to file an amended (corrected) tax return. An amended tax […]

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June 20, 2019 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Recordkeeping Tips for Small Business Owners

The key to avoiding headaches at tax time is keeping track of your receipts and other records throughout the year. Whether you use an excel spreadsheet, an app, an online system or keep your receipts organized in a folding file organized by month, good record-keeping will help you remember the various transactions you made during […]

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June 10, 2019 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

How the Sharing Economy Affects Your Taxes

If you’ve ever used–or provided services for– Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, Etsy, Rover, or TaskRabbit. then you’re a member of the sharing economy and it could affect your taxes. The good news is that if you’ve only used these services (and not provided them), then there’s no need to worry about the tax implications. However, if […]

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