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Helping you reach your personal & professional financial goals.

Are you a business owner counting down the days to the tax deadline?

Are you looking for some business tax tips on deductions that you may have missed?

Tax Tips

Following up on business expenses that can generate a tax deduction can be time-consuming, especially if you are not familiar with them. Trying to figure out which ones you qualify for may be difficult.

Having a guideline to follow can help.
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Home office business deductions is another area that has changed recently. The Internal Revenue Service has provided a $5 per square foot (max $1,500) standard deduction for individuals that qualify.

Business Deductions

This is the fifth installment of
Independent Contractor Taxes…Know Your Options.
It can be downloaded from our eBook library.

The rules to qualify for a deduction have not changed and you should review your situation with a tax professional before taking any deduction as it relates to a home office.

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Do you like to give back to your community or help those in need? Although you can’t deduct the value of your time or the effort you spend on behalf of any charity, you can deduct donations and actual out-of-pocket expenses you incur. Tracking these expenses, like transportation, can generate a nice tax deduction.

Charitable Deductions

This is the first installment of 16 Year-End Tax Tips for 2013
which can also be downloaded from our eBook library.

You do not need to be a board member to qualify for charitable deductions. Here are some deductions affiliated with charitable work that you may not be aware of:

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16 Year-End Tax Tips That You Should Know

Posted by Mark On February 13th

It’s that time of the year again. Time to work on your taxes. Have you reviewed your tax deductions?

Tax Tips

Getting the correct paperwork together and knowing what expenses can generate a tax deduction can take time. Trying to figure out what deductions you qualify for can be stressful. However…

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Real Estate & Divorce – Your Rights in the State of Florida

This is the tenth installment of “Divorce. What You Need to Think About from a Financial Perspective” which can be downloaded from our FREE eBook library.

The Marital Home

In Florida, “the marital home” is defined as the piece of real property where you and your spouse have spent the majority of your marital lives together. This property is considered a joint asset, and is subject to division according to the Florida statutes. Of course, the court makes the ultimate decision as to who gets the property. A number of factors are taken into consideration, such as:

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Tax Deductions and You – What You Need to Know

Posted by Mark On February 8th

Tax Deductions and You - What You Need to Know

Over the past couple of months we have provided tips about tax deductions. Whether you are familiar with taxes and accounting or not, we hope you have learned more about what is deductible and what is not. In case you haven’t read this information, you can download it as a FREE eBook by clicking the picture above. Or simply read on and we’ll give you a summation of our posts on what you need to know about tax deductions.

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4: What You Need to Know About Mortgage Interest

Posted by Mark On January 18th

What You Need to Know About Mortgage Interest

This is the fourth installment of Tax Deductions & You: What You Need to Know which can also be downloaded from our free eBook library.

Although most people understand that mortgage interest is deductible, many people may not be aware that there are certain situations in which it actually creates a greater savings not to claim a deduction as mortgage interest.

Under Treasury Regulation 1.163-10T(o) a taxpayer may elect to treat mortgage debt as not secured by a qualified residence.

Once this election is made, it is effective for all subsequent years and can only be revoked with IRS permission. The advantage of this election is if a taxpayer has allowable mortgage interest that is limited by the $1,000,000 or $100,000 rules on indebtedness.

Let’s say you have a home equity loan that is used for a business. The interest deducted on a business return or “Schedule C”, in most cases, will create a greater tax savings than if the interest was deducted as mortgage interest.

Here’s an example:

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What Do You Need to Know About Student Loan Interest?

This is the third installment of Tax Deductions & You: What You Need to Know which can also be downloaded from our free eBook library.

A student loan is designed to help students pay for university or college. It is a calculated amount that should assist with the cost of tuition, books, and living expenses. This loan may differ from other types of loans in that the interest rate may be substantially lower. In addition, the repayment schedule may be deferred while the student is still in education.

Student loan interest is another form of interest that is deductible, but with limitations. These limitations are as follows:

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What You Should Know About Home Equity Loan Interest

This is the second installment of Tax Deductions & You: What You Need to Know which can also be downloaded from our free eBook library.

Any loans that fall under the nondeductible category need to be reviewed along with your cash or equity availability. If possible, they also need to be re-characterized to a deductible form of interest.

An example of this would be having availability on a home equity loan (balance after transfer must be below $100,000) and paying off an auto loan or credit card. This will increase cash flow two fold:

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1: Know What is Tax Deductible and What’s Not

Posted by Mark On October 19th

Know What is Tax Deductible and What’s Not

This is the first installment of Tax Deductions & You: What You Need to Know which can also be downloaded from our free eBook library.

When tax time roles around, you will need to take a look at the various types of loans and credit lines to see which are tax deductible and which are not. These may include:

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