Eldercare Can Be A Medical Deduction

With people living longer, many find themselves becoming the care provider for elderly parents, spouses and others who can no longer live independently. When this happens, questions always come up regarding the tax ramifications associated with the cost of nursing homes or in-home care. Generally, the entire cost of nursing homes, homes for the aged,…

August 2015 Business Due Dates

August 10 – Social Security, Medicare and Withheld Income Tax File Form 941 for the second quarter of 2015. This due date applies only if you deposited the tax for the quarter in full and on time. August 17 – Social Security, Medicare and Withheld Income Tax If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the…

Receiving Social Security Can Be Taxing

Generally, your Social Security (SS) benefits are not taxable until your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is more than the base amount for your filing status. MAGI is your regular AGI (without Social Security income) plus 50% of your Social Security income plus tax-exempt interest income plus certain other infrequently encountered modifications. The base amounts…

Tips To Reduce Payroll Stress

When you hire your first employee, you create an entire new task of complying with employment and labor laws and issuing a payroll. Payroll taxes create more administrative burden for small businesses than any other tax, according to the 2015 Small Business Taxation Survey from the National Business Association. Plus, compliance with payroll laws is a…

What the Same-Sex Marriage Decision Means for Social Security Benefits

Retirees in these 13 states will prosper from the Supreme Court ruling. Read more at http://www.kiplinger.com/article/business/T055-C012-S000-supreme-court-rules-in-favor-of-same-sex-marriage. The Supreme Court’s landmark finding that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry will mean a financial gain for such couples who live in the 13 states that allowed only a man and a woman to wed The…

Education Tax Breaks for Online Courses

For you to receive a tax break, the school must be accredited and eligible for federal financial aid. Do online college courses qualify for the American Opportunity and Lifetime Learning tax credits, or do only classes taken in person at a brick-and-mortar college qualify Whether you take a class online or in person doesn’t matter;…

How Annuity Withdrawals Are Taxed

Yes. If your annuity is not in a traditional IRA, 401(k) or other retirement account, the way you take the money can make a big difference in the way it is taxed. No matter where the annuity is, earnings are not taxable until the money is withdrawn. If you withdraw money from the annuity on…