Awesome Tax Credits

Awesome Tax Credits

Tax Credits Available Without the Personal Exemption

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that took effect on 2018 tax returns, allowed certain tax credits to continue, but only for those who had qualified dependents. Prior to the new tax law, taxpayers had been claiming dependents as personal exemptions and got a $4,050 deduction on their 2017 return for each one.

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Save More On Your Taxes

Save More On Your Taxes

Having tax regrets? Here are 5 ways to pay less and save more on your taxes

(BPT) – Most of us know the feeling: Tax season can be a frustrating and stressful time. You have to gather lots of documents, remember all the changes in your life over the past year that might affect your return, and file the required paperwork before tax day rolls around. It’s worth it though to save more on your taxes.

And while you do all of that, there’s always that nagging feeling: Did you take advantage of all the deductions and credits the IRS has to offer? Is there more you can do to prevent taxes from eroding the value of your investment portfolio and eating away at your income? Are you prepared for the changes that are coming due to the new tax law?

Like thousands of others, you might be experiencing a “tax hangover,” that sense of regret that you overlooked some fine detail, that you could have paid less and ended up with more money in your pocket.

The truth is: Your taxes shouldn’t be top of mind just once a year. Tax planning is an important part of overall financial planning, and there are things you can do now to avoid having another exhausting experience next year.

The best place to start when you want to save more on your taxes is to set up a meeting with a financial planner who can work with you to optimize your taxes and better integrate them into your financial plan.

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President Donald Trump’s Tax Plan

President-Elect Donald Trump’s Proposed Tax Plan

Trump's tax planIt’s unknown at this time how many of these proposed tax changes will be made in 2017, even with the Republican majority in the House and the Senate. During his campaign, President-elect Trump promised big changes in income taxes. The following are the proposed changes that we read on his website.

Individual Income Tax Rates and Capital Gain Rates

A big change here. From the current 7 tax brackets to 3 tax brackets. At present, the rates are 10%, 15%, 25%, 28%, 33%, 35%, and a top rate of 39.6%. The new proposed Tax Plan changes this to 12%, 25%, and 33%.

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