What’s your charitable donation deduction?

FEBRUARY 22, 2016 When it comes to deducting a charitable donation, all donations are not created equal. As you file your 2015 return and plan your charitable giving for 2016, it’s important to keep in mind the available deduction: Cash. This includes not just actual cash but gifts made by check, credit card or payroll … [Read more…]

How to max out education-related tax breaks

February 15, 2016 If there was a college student in your family last year, you may be eligible for some valuable tax breaks on your 2015 return. To max out your education-related tax breaks, you need to see which ones you’re eligible for and then claim the one(s) that will provide the greatest benefit. In … [Read more…]

Extension means businesses can take bonus depreciation on their 2015 returns – but should they?

February 1, 2016 Bonus depreciation allows businesses to recover the costs of depreciable property more quickly by claiming additional first-year depreciation for qualified assets. The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the PATH Act) extended 50% bonus depreciation through 2017. The break had expired December 31, 2014, for most assets. So the PATH … [Read more…]

File early to avoid tax identity theft

January 25, 2016 If you’re like many Americans, you may not start thinking about filing your tax return until the April 15 deadline (this year, April 18) is just a few weeks — or perhaps even just a few days — away. But there’s another date you should keep in mind: January 19. That’s the … [Read more…]