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Mike DiSabatino CPA

Mike is the founder of the firm of Michael DiSabatino, CPA.  He produces this blog to keep his clients and friends informed of new tax laws, tax saving strategies, as well as, business tips. 

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How to Maximize Deductions for Assisted Living

It's possible that someone in your family will need assisted living care at some point in their life. This care can be at an assisted living facility, a nursing home, or in their own home. Often, assisted living care is expensive and not fully reimbursable by typical health insurance policies. Thankfully, there is a medical expense itemized deduction when the out-of-pocket amount exceeds 10 percent of your adjusted gross income.

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The Marriage Penalty is Alive and Well

Despite what you may think, the marriage penalty is still alive and well. Whether you’re changing your filing status in 2019 because of marriage, divorce or another event (or it’s staying the same), you should review this information and plan accordingly.

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A Smarter College Housing Option

Does your child, grandchild, or someone else you know need a place to live while attending college? Instead of renting a dorm or apartment, buying a condo or small house might make more sense. This can save money and provide tax breaks, but you need to do the math and be aware of the risks.

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May DiSabatino, CPA Newsletter

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August 2019

In this Issue: 

  • I Owe Tax on That? 5 Surprising Taxable Items
  • Headed to the Fair? Avoid These Spending Traps
  • Smart Tactics to Manage Student Debt
  • Cash Flow Concepts That Can Save Your Business

This Month:

  •  September 2: Labor Day

Summer is starting to wind down and the kids will soon be headed back to school. Now is a great time to review if you've had, or will have, any special taxable events this year. The first article highlights five taxable items that come as a surprise to many people. This month's newsletter also includes spending traps to avoid when headed to the fair, ways to manage the burden of student loan debt, and cash flow strategies that can save your business.

Call if you would like to discuss how this information relates to you. If you know someone who can benefit from this newsletter, feel free to send it to them.

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Avoid the Pitfalls of Selling Property to Family

Suppose you own property you intend to transfer to your loved ones. Perhaps you are considering giving your children an ownership interest in your principal residence. Before you act, you should review the tax consequences of your decision. Specifically, tax law includes several provisions involving sales to related parties. As you might imagine, this covers relatives like your children, grandchildren and siblings, but it also applies to business entities you own. Here are four common situations you may encounter, and tips to help you avoid tax trouble:

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IRS ALERT: Two New Tax Scams

The IRS remains on the lookout for tax scams that can blindside unsuspecting taxpayers. Now two variations of past scams are currently making the rounds. Here’s what you need to know:

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Retirement Basics: Understanding Tax Efficiency

One of the basics in retirement is to be as tax efficient with your income as possible. In 2019, income tax rates range from 0 to 37 percent, plus a potential 3.8 percent net investment tax. Understanding how these progressive tax rates apply to ordinary income creates a tremendous retirement planning opportunity.

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Don't Fall for These 5 Audit Myths

When it comes to the perception of IRS audits, conjecture reigns supreme. The combination of the complex tax code and a government agency with the full authority to enforce it leads to some pretty wild ideas. Separating truth from fiction is an important exercise for everyone. Here are five audit myths that, if believed, can cost you during an audit:

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July DiSabatino, CPA Newsletter

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July 2019

In this Issue: 

  • Effective Tax Planning Starts Now!
  • Can't Miss Stops for Your Summer Road Trip
  • What You Need To Know About IRS Audits
  • Make Setting Salaries Easier With These 5 Steps

This Month:

  • July 4: Independence Day

Tax day might seem far away, but waiting until year-end to make your tax moves may prove costly to you. Maximizing your tax savings starts with an effective mid-year strategy! Detailed here are some ideas to kick-start your summer tax planning. This issue also includes some unique and free summer travel destinations, an infographic with key IRS audit information, and five steps to help your business set the right salaries for your employees.

Call if you would like to discuss how this information relates to you. If you know someone who can benefit from this newsletter, feel free to send it to them.

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4 Awesome Summertime Tax Saving Tips

Summer is usually the time for relaxing, but it can also be a time for tax savings, especially if you’re still reeling from an unexpectedly large tax bill in April. Here are four timely tips:

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3 Great Charitable Deduction Ideas

Despite what you may have heard from friends or family, you can still claim generous tax benefits for charitable contributions. Here are three prime examples of charitable tax breaks ripe for the picking if you know where to look:

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Reminder: Second Quarter Estimated Taxes Due - Now is the time to make your estimated tax payment

If you have not already done so, now is the time to review your tax situation and make an estimated quarterly tax payment using Form 1040-ES. The second quarter due date is now here.

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June DiSabatino, CPA Newsletter

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June 2019

In this Issue: 

  • 5 Summer Tax Savings Opportunities
  • Get Your Life Back! Ideas to Unplug
  • Payroll Fraud Schemes Every Business Should Know
  • Never Take on the IRS Alone

This Month:

  • June 16: Father's Day
  • June 17: 2nd qtr estimated taxes due
  • June 17: 2018 tax deadline for U.S. citizens living abroad

Summertime offers unique tax saving situations. Outlined here are five ideas everyone can use. Plus, this issue includes ideas to help you unplug from your electronics and discusses possible payroll fraud schemes. Finally, spend a minute reviewing the wisdom of asking for help should you be contacted by the IRS.

Call if you would like to discuss how any of this information relates to you. If you know someone that can benefit from this newsletter, feel free to send it to them.

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2020 Health Savings Account Limits: New contribution limits are on the horizon

The savings limits for the ever-popular health savings accounts (HSA) are now set for 2020. The new limits are outlined here with current year amounts noted for comparison.

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2018 Audit Rates - Don't get complacent...

The IRS reported audit rates declined last year for the seventh year in a row and reached their lowest level since 2002. That’s good news for people who don’t like to be audited (which is everybody)!

But don’t get complacent. A closer look at the IRS data release reveals some audit pitfalls you should know about.

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How to Maximize Your Social Security - What every taxpayer should know

You can begin receiving your Social Security retirement benefit as early as age 62. But by putting off your benefit start date you can receive a check that is 8 percent higher for each year you delay receiving your benefit.

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3 Things to Know About Summer Job Taxes

Summer brings warm weather, fun outdoor activities and new opportunities to earn some additional income. However, taxes on seasonal income need to be handled with care, whether they're related to your child’s first job or an extra income opportunity for you. Here are some tips to help you manage the taxes on your summer earnings:

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The $500,000 Homeowner Tax Break - Understand the rules now to avoid a tax surprise later

There is a large tax break that allows you to exclude up to $250,000 ($500,000 married) in capital gains on the sale of your personal residence. But making the assumption that this gain exclusion will always keep you safe from tax can be a big mistake. Here is what you need to know:

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Toss This. Not That. - Your guide to post tax-filing record retention

Tax season is over and yet another tax return has been sent off to the government. But before you close that tax file, there is still some work to do. If the IRS or state revenue department selects your return for review, you will need to be prepared. Here is what you need to know:

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May DiSabatino, CPA Newsletter

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May 2019

In this Issue: 

  • You Know You Need Tax Planning If...
  • Al Capone, Aunt Becky, Tax Fraud and You! How you can learn from high-profile tax scandals
  • Watch Out! 7 Vacation Costs That Sneak Up on You
  • 4 Key Elements of Great Business Books

This Month:

  • May 12: Mother's Day
  • May 15: Exempt organization tax returns due
  • May 27: Memorial Day

With tax season in the rear-view mirror, it's full speed ahead into tax planning season. While it's important for everyone to have a tax roadmap, there are key situations that require extra attention so you can avoid a major tax pothole. This issue includes lessons to learn from some high-profile tax scandals, sneaky vacation costs that can ruin your vacation, and an inside look at some key characteristics of a great bookkeeping system.

Call if you would like to discuss how any of this information relates to you. If you know someone that can benefit from this newsletter, feel free to send it to them.

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