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Why you may want to accelerate your property tax payment into 2017
Accelerating deductible expenses, such as property tax on your
home, into the current year typically is a good idea. Why? It will defer tax,
which usually is beneficial. Prepaying property tax may be especially
beneficial this year, because proposed tax leg...

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2017 might be your last chance to hire veterans and claim a tax credit
With Veterans Day on November 11, it’s an especially good time to think about the sacrifices veterans have made for us and how we can support them. One way businesses can support veterans is to hire them. The Work Opportunity tax credit (WOTC) can help busi...

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The ins and outs of tax on “income investments”
Many investors, especially more risk-averse ones, hold much of
their portfolios in “income investments” — those that pay interest or
dividends, with less emphasis on growth in value. But all income investments
aren’t alike when it comes to taxes. So it’s im...

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Retirement savings opportunity for the self-employed
Did you know that if you’re self-employed you may be able to set
up a retirement plan that allows you to contribute much more than you can
contribute to an IRA or even an employer-sponsored 401(k)? There’s still time
to set up such a plan for 2017, and it g...

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2 ACA taxes that may apply to your exec comp
If you’re an executive or other key employee, you might be
rewarded for your contributions to your company’s success with compensation
such as restricted stock, stock options or nonqualified deferred compensation
(NQDC). Tax planning for these forms of “exe...

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Accelerate your retirement savings with a cash balance plan
Business owners may not be able to set aside as much as they’d
like in tax-advantaged retirement plans. Typically, they’re older and more
highly compensated than their employees, but restrictions on contributions to
401(k) and profit-sharing plans can hampe...

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How “bunching” medical expenses can save you on taxes
Various limits apply to most tax deductions, and one type of
limit is a “floor,” which means expenses are deductible only if they exceed
that floor (typically a specific percentage of your income). One example is the
medical expense deduction. Because it ca...
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