Most individuals are aware of the tax benefits of selling a principal residence. Section 121 of the IRS code allows for the exclusion of up to $500,000 (for those filing married filing jointly) of the profit from the sale if the property was used for at least two in five years as a principal residence. […]

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Early IRA Withdrawals

Early withdrawals

Traditional and Roth IRA distributions are due a 10% penalty if you take them ahead of time, but there are exceptions for early withdrawal that let you skip the fine. In retirement when you look for a tax-advantageous way to save on retirement, an IRA can fit the bill. Typical IRAs offer an upfront tax […]

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Did you know that the IRS considers any forgiven debt as a source of income and that taxes must be paid on that “revenue.” And if you’ve ever settled a debt for less or had debt forgiven completely, you’ve likely received a surprise in the mail coming tax season the Form 1099-C. A 1099-C reports […]

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qualified widow(er)

If your child lives in your household but makes significant income, whereby you can not claim him or her as a dependent, you can still file as a Qualified Widow(er). A qualified widow or widower status is for people who have recently lost a spouse and are at home supporting a child. If your spouse […]

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New Medical Deduction

Medical Deductions

An attempt by Congress to end the medical expense deduction caused an intense reaction because it would have affected people in nursing homes and those with costly chronic diseases. In the end, the deduction was retained and made slightly more generous by lawmakers. They lowered the threshold from 10 percent to 7.5 percent of income […]

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The tax overhaul also suspended many other deductions or imposed new limits on them while targeting major write-offs such as mortgage interest and state and local taxes. These changes usually expire in late 2025. On Schedule A, a grab bag of items, Congress eliminated deductions for miscellaneous expenses. The change removed deductions for unreimbursed travel, […]

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Tax Deductions for Charitable

Tax Deduction for Charitable Donations

As a result of the overhaul, the number of tax returns claiming deductions for charitable contributions is expected to fall by more than 50%. For 2018, approximately 15 million filers will take this write-off, compared to approximately 36 million for 2017. The standard 2018 deduction is almost double the 2017 level, rising from $6,350 to […]

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Alimony Payments and Recipients

The overhaul made a significant change to the alimony payments tax status. For divorce and separation agreements signed after 2018, payers will not be able to deduct alimony on their tax returns. At the same time, future recipients will no longer be required to report these payments as income, making their tax treatment similar to […]

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New AMT

New AMT

The overhaul almost abolished the alternative minimum tax, or AMT, a complex and unpredictable parallel tax system. The purpose of the AMT is to limit tax breaks that are permitted under the regular tax system and to ensure that high earners can not avoid all taxes legally. Legislators ultimately retained the AMT, but with significant […]

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New Kiddie Tax

Kiddies Tax

Significant changes were made to the “Kiddie Tax,” a special levy on the “unearned” income of a child above $2,100 in 2018 and $2,200 in 2019. It typically applies to investment income such as dividends, interest, and capital gains, and is not applicable to the earned income of a young person from newspaper delivery or […]

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