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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.  If you have a question or comment for Mike, please use our Contact Form to reach out for us.

August 2018 DiSabatino, CPA Newsletter

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August 2018

In this issue:

  • Student Loan Forgiveness Creates New Tax Trap
  • Ideas to Improve Your Financial Health
  • Dramatic Sales Tax Change
  • Are you Sharing Too Much Information Online?
  • Setting up Your Business Accounting System
  • Manage Capital Gains Tax Tip

This Month:

  • September 3: Labor Day

Summer is in full swing and the air conditioners are working overtime. Hopefully you are finding ways to stay cool while enjoying your outdoor activities. Included in this newsletter are articles about a new tax trap created by student loan forgiveness, tips to improve your financial situation and ideas to ensure that you are not sharing too much online. For your business, there are articles explaining "economic nexus" for sales tax and best practices for setting up your accounting system. Lastly, there are tips to help you manage your capital gains taxes.

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Hidden Back to School Tax Deductions

Summer is coming to a close and the back-to-school advertising blitz is underway. Hidden in some of those school expenses are tax deductions you can take advantage of. Here are some ways you can save:

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Zero in on problem accounts

August 2018

Zero in on problem accounts

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Fund Your Retirement or Your Child's College?

As our students prepare to head back to school, many families face the difficult decision to save for retirement or use those funds to pay for their children’s college education. If you are facing that dilemma, here are some thoughts:

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Renew your ITIN soon

Don't delay in renewing your Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) if it's set to expire at the end of 2018.

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Common Tax Increase Surprises: "I did not owe that last year!"

Picture this: For the past few years you've received your tax return and have had a small but nice refund. Now imagine your surprise, when next year, you are required to send in a fairly big check to settle your tax bill. Believe it or not, this message is almost as hard to deliver to a taxpayer as it is to hear it. Here are some situations to watch for that can increase your tax liability:

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Should You Expense or Depreciate Your Capital Asset?

If you own a business, you know that you may accelerate the expensing of qualified capital purchases. This can be done within two special provisions in the tax code that were recently expanded:

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Want to retire someday? Here's how to save more now

Stop procrastinating if you know you need to save more for retirement.

Luckily, saving money doesn't have to be hard work. In fact, many successful savers have found simple ways to cut spending and increase their savings. Here's how.

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IRS Debuts Postcard-sized 1040 for 2018

At the end of June, the IRS unveiled a new draft version of the 2018 Form 1040. This newly proposed postcard-sized 1040 form replaces the old 2017 1040, as well as forms 1040EZ and 1040A. While some in Washington are celebrating the design as a simpler way to file, a closer look may tell a different story.

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New divorce laws to consider

New divorce laws to consider

The taxation of alimony for divorces signed after Dec. 31, 2018 will change drastically.

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Switching jobs this summer? Don't forget about your taxes

If you're changing employers, the first thing on your mind probably isn't taxes. But the actions you take now can make a big difference next April — and beyond.

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Five Common Retirement Mistakes

Here are five common retirement planning mistakes and steps you can take to avoid them.

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Third-quarter interest rates stay the same

Third-quarter interest rates stay the same

The IRS has released the interest rates on tax overpayments and underpayments for the third quarter of 2018.

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Going solo: Not a 'free ride'

Going solo: Not a 'free ride'

Despite the obvious benefits, there are a couple of drawbacks to solo 401(k) plans.

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July 2018 DiSabatino, CPA Newsletter

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July 2018

In this issue:

  • Five Tax Breaks for New Parents
  • How Long Will It Last?
  • Planning to replace common items
  • Become Debt-Free
  • Is It Worth It to Amend Your Return?
  • Elements of a Good Business Partnership
  • Useful Online Productivity and Security Tools

This Month:

  • July 4: Independence Day

It's the height of summer, and hopefully you've had a chance to enjoy some pleasant weather and Fourth of July fireworks. This issue contains tips on tax breaks for new parents, deciding whether to amend a tax return, strategies for reducing debt, and budgeting for replacing major household items. There's also an article about creating a strong business partnership, and a review of some of the best online productivity and security tools.

Should you wish to review your situation please feel free to call. Also feel free to forward this newsletter to someone who may benefit.

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Supreme Court Shakes Up Sales Taxes

U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week involving the state of South Dakota vs Wayfair (an online furniture retailer) opens the door for states to impose sales taxes on online retailers located outside their borders.

This will have wide-reaching effects on small businesses and consumers. Here’s what you need to know:

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Consider creating an accountable plan

Consider creating an accountable plan


Now that itemized deductions have been suspended through 2025, employees can no longer deduct unreimbursed business expenses.

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Getting summer help? Classify properly

Getting summer help? Classify properly

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Don't Run Afoul of the IRS's "Nanny Tax"

The IRS is more strictly enforcing rules that determine whether a worker is actually your employee, rather than an independent contractor. Beware: you have many extra tax responsibilities and expenses if you are an employer in the eyes of the IRS.

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5 questions to ask before starting a home-based business

If you're getting tired of the view from your cubicle and want to start a business of your own, you'll need to figure out a few things first.

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