Tax Rules

The Expanded Child Tax Credit

The federal government has upgraded its Child Tax Credit. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan Act, there are four notable differences in effect for the 2021 tax year only.1   First, the Internal Revenue Service is paying many families who qualify for the CTC 50% of their credit before 2021 ends. Second, the credit has grown [...]

Roth IRA Conversion in the Era of COVID-19

Is it right for you? The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken up nearly every aspect of American life. To say it’s been a difficult time would be an understatement. However, difficult times may open doors to new possibilities. Businesses are changing their ways of operating, and individuals are exploring new avenues for investment. It may be [...]

PA State Tax Filing Deadline Moved, Office update

In this period of change due to the COVID-19 threat, we have seen how decisions by government officials alter by the hour. As a result of this, after we sent out our announcement on Friday, March 20th, that the Life Financial Group and Beacon Tax offices would be closed in the state of Pennsylvania, we [...]

COVID-19 Office Update, Mnuchin Announces Federal Tax Day Moved

Dear Clients – As we have all seen in the past few weeks the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic has been an ever-evolving situation as our government officials grapple with determining the best approach to minimize the spread. The governor of Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf, has issued official orders stating that, “Effective 8 p.m. Thursday, [...]

The SECURE Act

Long-established retirement account rules change. The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act is now law. With it, comes some of the biggest changes to retirement savings law in recent years. While the new rules don’t appear to amount to a massive upheaval, the SECURE Act will require a change in strategy for [...]

That First RMD from Your IRA

What you need to know.    When you reach age 70½, the Internal Revenue Service instructs you to start making withdrawals from your traditional IRA(s). These withdrawals are also called Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs). You will make them, annually, from now on.1 If you fail to take your annual RMD or take out less than [...]

New I.R.S. Contribution Limits – Changes for 2020

The I.R.S. just increased the annual contribution limits on IRAs, 401(k)s, and other widely used retirement plan accounts for 2020. Here’s a quick look at the changes. *Next year, you can put up to $6,000 in any type of IRA. The limit is $7,000 if you will be 50 or older at any time in 2020.1,2 [...]

Overlooked Tax Deductions for Small-Business Owners

Helpful tips for tax time. Being a small-business owner isn’t easy. After all, balancing payroll, managing employees, drawing up marketing plans, and handling the bookkeeping can be stressful! Luckily, the Internal Revenue Service (I.R.S.) allows small-business owners to take some surprising deductions, which may help come tax time. Read on to learn more. Remember, the [...]

IRS Issues Guidance on Virtual Currency, Second Draft of Form 1040 Schedule 1

Earlier this week, as part of a wider effort to assist taxpayers and to enforce the tax laws in a rapidly changing area, the Internal Revenue Service issued two new pieces of guidance for taxpayers who engage in transactions involving virtual currency. The new guidance includes Revenue Ruling 2019-24 and frequently asked questions(FAQs). It supplements [...]

What if You Get Audited?

What the I.R.S. looks for and why. “Audit” is a word that can strike fear into the hearts of taxpayers. However, the chances of an Internal Revenue Service audit aren’t that high. In 2017, the I.R.S. audited 0.5% of all individual tax returns.1 Being audited does not necessarily imply that the I.R.S. suspects wrongdoing. The [...]

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