Financial Cents

Don’t pay more in taxes than you have to. Take full advantage of all deductions and credits available. Planning is the key to successfully and legally reducing your tax liability. The author, Juanita Farmer, is the Managing Partner of J.D. Farmer & Associates, LLC, a public accounting firm, located in Germantown.

Rely on this blog for tips and strategies to survive tax season.

 

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Blog: Preparing for a Successful Retirement

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As you approach retirement, it’s vital that you pay attention to several important financial matters to ensure a smooth transition. Here are five of them: 1. Health Insurance Are you among the lucky few who will continue to be covered after retirement? If not, then you’ll need to replace your health coverage. If you will […]

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Blog: It's Never Too Early to Check Tax Withholding

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While it probably seems like tax season just ended, it is never too early to do a “Paycheck Checkup” to make sure the right amount of tax is withheld from earnings – and avoid a tax surprise next year when filing your 2020 tax return. As a reminder, because income taxes operate as a pay-as-you-go […]

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Blog: Small Business Update: Payroll Tax Deferral

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On August 8, 2020, the President issued a Memorandum allowing employers to defer withholding and payment of an employee’s portion of the Social Security tax (i.e., the 6.2% FICA portion of the federal payroll tax on employees). Medicare taxes, however, are not covered. The payroll tax deferral is effective starting September 1, 2020, and also […]

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Blog: Tax Breaks for Teachers and Educators

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While many schools are switching to hybrid or remote learning models, teachers and other educators should remember that they can still deduct certain unreimbursed expenses such as classroom supplies, training, and travel. Deducting these expenses helps reduce the amount of tax owed when filing a tax return. To qualify for the deduction, the taxpayer must […]

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Blog: Protect Tax Records Before Disaster Strikes

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It’s always a good idea to plan for what to do in case of a disaster. Here are some simple steps you can take right now to prepare: 1. Backup Records Electronically. Many people receive bank statements by email. This is a good way to secure your records. You can also scan tax records and insurance […]

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Blog: Exiting a Business: Which Option Is Right for You?

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Selecting your business successor is a fundamental objective when planning your exit strategy and requires a careful assessment of what you want from the sale of your business and who can best give it to you. There are only four ways to leave your business and the more you understand about each one, the better […]

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Blog: Dirty Dozen Tax Scams: 2020 Edition

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The “Dirty Dozen” is a list of common tax scams that target taxpayers. Compiled and issued annually every year by the IRS, this year it includes many aggressive and evolving schemes related to coronavirus tax relief, including Economic Impact Payments. The criminals behind these bogus schemes view everyone as potentially easy prey and everyone should […]

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Blog: Retirement Accounts: Rollover Relief for RMDs

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Generally, taxpayers must begin taking a required minimum distribution (RMD) from a defined-contribution retirement plan, including a 401(k) or 403(b) plan, or an IRA when they reach age 72 (70 1/2 if they reached 70 ½ before January 1, 2020). The RMD for any year is the account balance as of the end of the […]

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Blog: Small Business Financing: Securing a Loan

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At some point, most small business owners will visit a bank or other lending institution to borrow money. Understanding what your bank wants, and how to properly approach them, can mean the difference between getting a loan for expansion or scrambling to find cash from other sources. Unfortunately, many business owners fall victim to several […]

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Blog: Facts About Capital Gains and Losses

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When you sell a capital asset such as a home, household furnishings, and stocks and bonds held in a personal account, the difference between the amount you paid for the asset and its sales price is known as a capital gain or capital loss. Here are ten facts you should know about how gains and […]

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