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Tax Rules on Rental Property

The basics on capital gains & deductions. Buying or selling income property has definite tax consequences. A taxpayer should clearly understand them, whether he or she intends to acquire a property or put one on the market. A sale of income property incurs either a capital gain or loss. If you profit from the sale [...]

Your Social Security Benefits & Your Provisional Income

Earning too much may cause portions of your retirement benefits to be taxed.  You may be shocked to learn that part of your Social Security income could be taxed. If your provisional income exceeds a certain level, that will happen. Just what is “provisional income”? The Social Security Administration defines it with a formula. Provisional [...]

Crowdfunding & Taxes

Information for those giving, receiving, and organizing. Have you donated money to a crowdfunding campaign this year? You probably have. You may be wondering how the Internal Revenue Service treats these donations. Do the common tax rules apply? The I.R.S. may or may not define such donations as charitable contributions. It depends not only on [...]

How 1099 Workers Can Prepare for Tax Season

The little things independent contractors should do before April. Do you freelance or run a business on the side? You have a complicated tax situation, all stemming from one fact – when you earn a paycheck, taxes are not immediately taken out of it.  Many freelancers are caught off-guard when tax season arrives. They are [...]