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January 15, 2021 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Blog: Identity Protection PIN Available to All Taxpayers

Starting in January 2021, the IRS Identity Protection PIN Opt-In Program will be expanded to all taxpayers who can properly verify their identity. Previously, IP PINs were only available to identity theft victims. What is an Identity Protection PIN? An identity protection personal identification number (IP PIN) is a six-digit number assigned to eligible taxpayers […]

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January 12, 2021 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Blog: Important Tax Changes for Individuals and Businesses

Every year, it’s a sure bet that there will be changes to current tax law and this year is no different. From standard deductions to health savings accounts and tax rate schedules, here’s a checklist of tax changes to help you plan the year ahead. Individuals In 2021, a number of tax provisions are affected […]

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January 4, 2021 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Blog: Retirement Contributions Limits Announced for 2021

Cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for 2021 are as follows: 401(k), 403(b), 457 plans, and Thrift Savings Plan. Contribution limits for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan remains unchanged at $19,500. The catch-up contribution limit for employees […]

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December 21, 2020 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Blog: Small Business: Deductions for Charitable Giving

Tax breaks for charitable giving aren’t limited to individuals, your small business can benefit as well. If you own a small to medium-size business and are committed to giving back to the community through charitable giving, here’s what you should know. 1. Verify that the Organization is a Qualified Charity Once you’ve identified a charity, […]

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December 17, 2020 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Blog: Working Remotely Could Affect Your Taxes

When COVID-19 struck last March, employers quickly switched to a work-from-home model for their employees, many of whom began working in a state other than the one in which their office was located. While some workers have returned to their offices, many have not. If you’re working remotely from a location in a different state […]

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December 1, 2020 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Blog: Individual Retirement Arrangements: Terms To Know

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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November 23, 2020 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Blog: Year-End Tax Planning Strategies for Business Owners

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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November 16, 2020 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Blog: General Tax Planning Strategies

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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November 2, 2020 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Blog: Choosing a Retirement Destination: Tax Considerations

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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October 26, 2020 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Blog: Taking Early Withdrawals From Retirement Accounts

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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