Stepped-Up Cost Basis – Very Important Tax Benefit
Practically all married couples have their home and other assets titled jointly with a right of survivorship. What that means is that when one spouse passes away, their ownership of the home or other asset passes on to the surviving spouse. This triggers a tax benefit called stepped-up cost basis.
This arrangement works very well for married couples who have a modest estate and want all of their assets to pass on to the surviving spouse. In most situations, these assets will pass to the surviving spouse without any federal or state death taxes. Plus, there is no need to get involved with lengthy and complicated estate or probate procedures.
What often happens though, the surviving spouse and/or inexperienced executors overlook a very important tax benefit that the survivor is qualified for. Perhaps because the joint ownership rules are so simple, this fact doesn’t surface.
A home, for instance, may have been purchased by the couple at very low cost many years ago. Over the years, it may have increased in value substantially, and at the date of death of the first spouse, may View full post…
Posted: November 26, 2019 Under: Income Tax By: Gust Lenglet
Some Important Small Business Tips for an Annual Checkup
There are many challenges that an entrepreneur faces daily, and one of the major ones is improving cash flow. Practically every small business owner looks for ways to cut expenses and to collect money that is owed to them. Working capital is needed no matter if it happens to be in a slow period or a time of expansion. Here are a few small business tips for your annual checkup.
Getting all of your financial records together for your accountant to file your annual business tax return takes some time, but it will give you the information needed for a review. This is a good time to take stock of your business operations for the past year. You have what you need to make sure that it is operating as efficiently as it can.
Your accountant can be a big help in pointing out areas that need to be reviewed. If certain expenses appear to be out of line, he can steer you in that direction to see why. In conjunction with the preparation of the business tax returns, we offer the following small business tips that may help you increase your cash flow for the new year.
Review your business plan – You do have one, don’t you? Many View full post…
Do you still take your tax records to a CPA or other tax professional for a simple return? Each year, millions of taxpayers are taking advantage of free tax filing online at one of the online tax filing firms.
Cost and convenience are the two major reasons for this change. Having a tax professional prepare even a simple return without itemizing, can cost several hundred dollars. Traveling to and from a tax professional can be very inconvenient as compared to doing your taxes online from the comfort of your home.
You’ve probably heard about the new tax law that goes into effect for 2018 tax returns. The primary change in this law raises the standard deduction to View full post…
Posted: January 18, 2019 Under: Income Tax By: Gust Lenglet
Quite often it doesn’t make much sense to have a professional handle your taxes. There are many reasons why it makes more sense to do your taxes online yourself.
It all boils down to cost. When you consider the fees charged by professionals versus the small fees to file your taxes online, its a no-brainer. During the 2018 tax season, the average fee by a pro for a federal and state return using the standard deduction was $175.00.
Filing the same return using itemized deductions, the total fee was $275.00. Say you had a side gig and had to file a Schedule C, the total fees would be in the area of $450.00 and up. In some areas of the country where the cost of living may be higher, your total fees went well View full post…
Posted: December 18, 2018 Under: Income Tax By: Gust Lenglet
(BPT) – With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 having been signed into law, here are some of the things you should be thinking about as tax season approaches, according to Robert Fishbein, vice president, and corporate counsel, Prudential Financial Inc.
2017 tax returns
The new tax law is generally effective starting in 2018, which means that your 2017 income tax return is largely unaffected. However, there may be actions you can take now to benefit from the change. For example, assuming you are eligible, you could fund a traditional IRA before the due date of your tax return; the income exclusion may be more valuable under higher 2017 tax rates.
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