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  1. How to Organize Your Documents for Tax Season

    Knowing what documents you need and keeping them organized can help make filing a tax return less painful.
  2. Avoid Overpaying Taxes on IRA Distributions

    Don’t assume your IRA custodian or trustee will track your nondeductible IRA contributions. Avoid overpaying taxes on your ...
  3. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) and Your Taxes

    Learn how the Tax Cuts and Job Act (TCJA) tax reform bill affects your finances.
  4. How Fixed Income Threshold Reduces Social Security Benefits

    The use of fixed income threshold amounts to an ongoing tax increase and a means test on Social Security beneficiaries. Here's ...
  5. Comparing Long-Term vs. Short-Term Capital Gains Tax Rates

    Learn about the difference between short- and long-term capital gains and how the duration of your investment can impact ...
  6. How to Prepare for Tax Season Like a Pro

    Doing your part to prepare for filing your taxes will make it easier for your tax professional to be accurate and efficient.
  7. 5 Key Tax Law Changes Impacting Businesses

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act impacts businesses in a number of ways.
  8. Tax Strategies for Other Income Sources

    If you're retired and making extra cash, whether from a business or selling unneeded items, you need tax strategies for this ...
  9. 5 Steps To Forming A Tax-Exempt Nonprofit Corporation

    Before you tackle this challenge, know the challenges of forming and operating an official nonprofit organization.
  10. How the GOP Tax Bill Affects You

    Here's how the new tax bill changes the taxes you file in 2018.
  11. When You Should Change Your Withholding Tax

    When there are major changes in your life, you should adjust your withholding to ensure you aren't paying too much in taxes. ...
  12. Tax Tips For the Individual Investor

    Keep more of your money in your pocket with these seven guidelines.
  13. Making Sense of the 2017 Tax Changes

    Here is a brief overview of some of the changes introduced by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, and how they may affect ...
  14. Forex Taxation Basics

    Trading forex can make for a confusing time organizing your taxes. These simple steps will keep everything straight.
  15. Sell Your Rental Property For a Profit

    Being a landlord can be taxing, especially when you want to sell. Find out how to reduce your burden.
  16. Understanding taxation of foreign investments

    Any interest, dividends and capital gains are subject to U.S. tax, but the foreign tax credit enables you to deduct most ...
  17. How to deduct stock losses from your tax bill

    Learn the proper procedure for deducting investment losses and get some tips on how to strategically structure them to lower ...
  18. The Impact of New Tax Code on Financial Planning

    Here's how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will impact financial planning.
  19. Reporting Your Interest Income

    Find out how your accounts are taxed and which forms you need.
  20. Filling Out Form 4562, Step-By-Step

    Step-by-step, how to fill out the depreciation and amortization form for your business tax return.
  21. Who Loses Under the New Tax Provisions? Homeowners

    The tax code overhaul reduces the tax advantages of owning a home.
  22. How restricted stock and restricted stock units (RSUs) are taxed

    Find out how these forms of executive compensation work and how to deal with the tax consequences of them.
  23. 1031 Exchanges: 10 Things to Know

    Real estate swaps grow popular, but traps are many. Here's 10 things to know when considering 1031 swaps. Also: Beware new ...
  24. Avoid Capital Gains Tax on Your Home Sale

    If you have property to sell and want to avoid capital gains tax, a Section 1031 exchange may be the answer.
  25. Did a Beer-Loving 'Bro’ Write the New Tax Bill?

    Beer, wine and liquor producers emerged as remarkably big winners in the new tax law. But were their tax breaks the result ...
  26. Top Software to Prepare Taxes Free by April 2018

    A service that will prepare taxes free of charge? It's no myth, as long as you have a simple return. Read on to find the ...
  27. 10 Steps to Tax Preparation

    The earlier you start preparing your tax records and documents, the more likely you are to have a smooth tax return experience ...
  28. H&R Block vs. TurboTax vs. Jackson Hewitt

    There are plenty of tax services to help ease the pain of filing income taxes. Here's our take on three of the biggest: H&R ...
  29. Defer Taxes with Nonqualified Deferred Compensation (NQDC) Plans

    Nonqualified deferred compensation plans can help highly compensated employees bolster their retirement plans.
  30. The Tax Deduction You Can't Afford to Miss

    If you live in a state without income taxes make sure you don't miss out on this deduction.
  31. 9 Ways the New Tax Law Affects Millennials

    The new tax bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, includes some important changes for Millennials.
  32. 6 Sources for Free Tax Help

    From community-based services to free software, there are many free resources to help with your taxes.
  33. The Truth About IRS Tax Settlement Firms

    These companies claim that they can reduce or even eliminate what you owe to the IRS. Find out the facts behind this alluring ...
  34. Top 9 Solutions to an Unexpected Tax Bill

    Finding out you owe when you expected a refund is a nasty shock. Find out how to cope.
  35. Tax Documents You Should Always Keep

    It's tempting to ditch them. But make a practice of keeping this very specific group of tax papers. It can save headaches ...
  36. Form 9465: Don't Pay Your Back Taxes Without It

    This form can lighten your tax load if you owe Uncle Sam. And you can often apply online.
  37. Filling out the W-9 form

    Freelancers and independent contractors have to fill out a W-9 for their employers and clients. Here's what to do.
  38. Using Tax-Loss Harvesting as a Tax Saving Strategy

    Tax-loss harvesting is a strategy that can reduce your income taxes, but be sure to do your homework before using it.
  39. An Overview of Itemized Deductions

    Itemized deductions will mostly stay the same for 2017 tax year (medical deductions improve under the new tax bill). Big ...
  40. Reducing Your Tax Burden in Retirement

    Implementing tax diversification in a retirement portfolio can lead to more money in your pocket.
  41. Year-End Tax Planning for Your Investments

    Year-end tax planning is crucial to take advantage of strategies to maximize after-tax returns on your investments.
  42. 10 Sources of Nontaxable Income

    Taxes are often a deterrent from investing and saving. These financial practices will bring you no tax grief.
  43. 5 Reasons to Give to a Donor Advised Fund

    Investors who are charitably inclined should consider giving to a donor advised fund for these five reasons.
  44. 3 Ways to Minimize Your Taxable Gains By Giving

    Consider these three ways to minimize taxable gains via charitable contributions.
  45. Use a Charitable Lead Trust to Reduce Your Taxes

    Creating a charitable lead trust (CLT) can reduce your tax burden immediately and significantly, but it must be done by the ...
  46. How to Reduce U.S. Taxes on Foreign Income

    IRS rules allow for a few ways to reduce taxes on foreign-earned income.
  47. Taxes: Diversification Isn’t Just for Investments

    Diversification isn’t just for investments. It is important for tax planning too.
  48. 3 Ways to Achieve Tax Savings Before the Year Ends

    There is still time to save on taxes before the year ends.
  49. Charitable Giving: Benefits of Donor Advised Funds

    Donor advised funds are often overlooked as a charitable giving tool.
  50. 5 Year-End Tax Strategies You Don’t Want to Miss

    Take a break from your holiday preparations and use these strategies to reduce your taxes.
  51. What the Gift Tax Rules Mandate

    The lifetime maximum for gift taxes is now $5.6 million. Here's how the gift tax works.
  52. Year-End Tax Planning Tips for 2017

    Use these tips to set a course for year-end tax planning.
  53. 5 Tax Planning Steps to Take Before the Year Ends

    Here are five things you should review soon to ensure you are prepared to file your 2017 tax return.
  54. How to Minimize Taxes on Severance Pay

    A look at the top ways to lessen the tax burden on severance pay.
  55. Prospects for Tax Reform

    Similarities to previous plans, both Republican and Democratic, would seem to give reform legislation a fair chance of success. ...
  56. S Corp. vs. LLC: Which Should I Choose?

    Learn about the major distinctions between an S corporation and an LLC and the important factors to consider when choosing ...
  57. A beginner's guide to tax-efficient investing

    Find out how to manage your portfolio to minimize your tax burden.
  58. Investing in property tax liens

    Investing in property tax liens can be a viable option for experienced investors who are familiar with the real estate market.
  59. Capital Gains Tax 101

    Find out how taxes are applied to your investment returns and how you can reduce your capital gain tax burden.
  60. The History Of Taxes In The U.S.

    The number of taxes that we now consider a given did not always exist. Find out how they arose.
  61. How property taxes are calculated

    Understanding how property taxes are calculated will help you avoid being overcharged.
  62. Congress Tackles Massive Revision of the Tax Code

    Congress is about to overhaul the tax code. What does this mean for investors?
  63. Should You File an Early Tax Return?

    Filing an early tax return makes sense if you are receiving a refund, but what if you owe tax? There are more reasons to ...
  64. Oct. 16 Tax Extension Alert: Don’t Get Stuck Unable to File

    New IRS procedures for filing your tax return could complicate your ability to meet the Oct. 16 filing deadline for 2016 ...
  65. IRS Gives a Whole Lotta Tax Relief to Hurricane Victims

    The IRS is providing several types of tax relief for those affected by hurricanes hitting Texas, Florida, Georgia, Puerto ...
  66. When Net Unrealized Appreciation Is a Bad Idea

    A net unrealized appreciation strategy doesn't always result in significant tax savings.
  67. Estimated Taxes Tripping Up More Filers

    If your working as an independent contractor, making sure you cover your bill for estimated taxes is important for avoiding ...
  68. Understanding 'Per Diem'

    Per diem is one method for reimbursing employees for business-travel expenses. Companies using the per diem method must follow ...
  69. Minimizing Taxes on Your Investment Portfolio

    There are several strategies that can help reduce taxes on an investment portfolio.
  70. 5 Year-End Tax Strategies to Prepare for 2017

    Here are five strategies to implement before the end of the year that could help lower your tax bill.
  71. Reducing Capital Gains Tax on Investment Property

    The 1031 exchange rules can help reduce or eliminate property gains taxes on investment property.
  72. Misconceptions About Income and Taxes in Retirement

    When it comes to taxes and retirement, misunderstandings are common. Here are three.
  73. Surviving The IRS Audit

    Keeping thorough records and knowing the penalties make this experience easier than you'd expect.
  74. Using the Tax Code to Your Advantage in Real Estate

    There are ways to reduce taxes on capital gains, include those earned in real estate transactions.
  75. Defunct: Refundable AMT Credit for Employee Stock Option Taxes

    These refundable AMT credits helped taxpayers save on taxes, AMT bills and more – but expired in 2012.
  76. Retiring Early Can Create Tax Saving Opportunities

    Trying to decide when to retire? Here's how you can reduce your taxes by retiring early.
  77. 7 Mid-Year Tax Moves

    Use summer to check your tax status: You’ll avoid the holidays and summer is your tax advisor’s slow time, too.
  78. Minimizing the Amount of Income Tax You Owe

    The amount of income you receive and tax deductions and credits you take impact how much you'll owe.
  79. How a Step-up in Basis Reduces Capital Gains Tax

    How to use a step-up in basis to reduce the capital gains tax on inherited appreciated assets.
  80. Tax Day 2018: Start Planning Now

    Use these tips to set yourself up for a successful tax day in 2018.
  81. How to Avoid Gift Taxes

    For most, the answer to the question, “How much is the gift tax?” can be “nothing."
  82. Don't Miss out on Retirement Rollover Benefits

    Don't let the fear of having to report a retirement rollover keep you from benefitting from it.
  83. How Becoming an LLC Could Save Taxes Under Trump

    If President Trump gets the tax reform bill he wants, LLCs may be able to reduce their taxes – but not in the way you might ...
  84. Do You Plan or Prepare for Tax Season?

    There is a big difference between tax planning and tax preparation.
  85. How to Reduce Risk With Tax Diversification

    Is your retirement income adequately diversified from a tax standpoint?
  86. 6 Ways the IRS Can Seize Your Tax Refund

    There are debts that can make the government seize your tax refund. Here are the six most prominent, plus what to do if it ...
  87. What Everyone Should Be Doing After Tax Season

    Here are four ways to set yourself up for better tax efficiency this year.
  88. Carried Interest: A Loophole in America’s Tax Code

    With income inequality becoming an increasingly apparent problem in the U.S., it is time to start removing tax loopholes ...
  89. Should You Be Worried About a Tax Audit This Year?

    Tax audits have decreased in recent years and are targeted toward high earners and business owners.
  90. Can Trump Kill the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)?

    Getting rid of the AMT would be great for upper-middle class taxpayers.
  91. Tax Planning Strategies for Changes Under Trump

    Trump's proposed tax plan says taxpayers will save $6.2 trillion in income tax over the first decade.
  92. How to File a Tax Extension

    Learn the process you need to follow to get an extra six months to file your tax return.
  93. Simple Last-Minute Tax Tips

    A little preparation and organization can take the stress out of last-minute tax filing.
  94. Top 10 Mistakes on Tax Returns

    These common mistakes on tax returns are easily avoided. Here's what to double-check before you file your return this year.
  95. What Will Get You Audited by the IRS on 2016 Taxes

    These items on your 2016 taxes could make the IRS decide to audit you.
  96. The Countries with the Highest Income Tax Rates for Singles and Families

    Before you move to one of these countries with the highest income taxes, think through the overall tax situation - and what ...
  97. Why You Don’t Want a Big Tax Refund

    While a tax refund may seem like a nice spring bonus, it is actually a free loan to the government.
  98. How Tax Cuts Stimulate the Economy

    Learn the logic behind the belief that reducing government income benefits everyone.
  99. Declaring Bankruptcy is no Easy Out

    Going bankrupt can help pull you out of debt, but it's rarely the best option.
  100. Trump-Branded Taxes - Another Luxury Product (Opinion)

    Trump's tax plan offers less and less to most taxpayers – and more and more to the top tier.
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