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: Individual Retirement Arrangements: Terms To Know

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While many taxpayers already know about Individual Retirement Arrangements, or IRAs, and have set up an IRA with a bank or other financial institution, a life insurance company, mutual fund or stockbroker, there are other taxpayers such as those new to the workforce who may not understand how IRAs help them save for retirement. With […]

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Blog: Year-End Tax Planning Strategies for Business Owners

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Several end-of-year tax planning strategies are available to business owners that can be used to reduce their tax liability. Let’s take a look: Deferring Income Businesses using the cash method of accounting can defer income into 2021 by delaying end-of-year invoices so that payment is not received until 2021. Businesses using the accrual method can […]

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Blog: General Tax Planning Strategies

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General tax planning strategies for individuals include accelerating or deferring income and deductions, as well as careful consideration of timing-related tax planning strategies concerning investments, charitable gifts, and retirement planning. For example, taxpayers might consider using one or more of the following strategies: Investments. Selling any investments on which you have a gain (or loss) this […]

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Blog: Choosing a Retirement Destination: Tax Considerations

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With health care, housing, food, and transportation costs increasing every year, many retirees on fixed incomes wonder how they can stretch their dollars even further. One solution is to move to another state where income taxes are lower than the one in which they currently reside. While federal tax rates are the same in every […]

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Blog: Taking Early Withdrawals From Retirement Accounts

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While taking money out of a retirement fund before age 59 1/2 is usually not recommended, in certain cases, it may be unavoidable, especially during times of economic crisis. If you need cash and have a retirement fund you can tap, here’s what you need to know. Background When retirement plans such as the 401(k) […]

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Blog: Tax Treatment of Virtual Currency Transactions

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Whether you’ve invested in Bitcoin and sold it at a profit or loss or received it for services performed, you’ll need to report it on your tax return. Here’s what you should know: Background Prior to 2014, there was no IRS guidance and many people did not understand that selling virtual currency was a reportable […]

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Blog: Six Tips for Starting Your Own Business

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Starting your own business can be an exciting prospect, but there is more to it than simply writing a business plan. Also, if you expect to have employees, there are a variety of federal and state forms and applications that you need to complete to get your business up and running. That’s where a tax […]

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Blog: Tax Considerations When Hiring Household Help

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If you employ someone to work for you around your house, it is important to consider the tax implications of this type of arrangement. While many people disregard the need to pay taxes on household employees, they do so at the risk of paying stiff tax penalties down the road. Household Employee Defined If a […]

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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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