DiSabatino CPA Blog

DiSabatino CPA Blog

A blog by Michael DiSabatino CPA with topics on Tax Savings, Business, Management and more...
Mike's weekly post usually concentrated on tax saving strategies.

Beware This Year's Tax-Season Scam

Scammers were very successful last year with a scheme to pry W-2 pay stub data away from employers. The IRS warned that it may be one of several techniques they use again this year.

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First-quarter interest rates remain the same

First-quarter interest rates remain the same

Interest rates for the first quarter in 2018 have not changed since last quarter.

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Do you have a household employee? Don't ignore the nanny tax

It's simple enough to overlook this tax related to household employees. But you could be in trouble if you do. Here's why you'd better pay attention to the nanny tax.

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Update your mileage rate reimbursements

Update your mileage rate reimbursements

If you plan on using your vehicle for business, medical appointments or moving during 2018, make sure you know the standard mileage rates have changed.

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Simplify your inheritance

Simplify your inheritance

Did you know that if you inherit a retirement account from a loved one you may be required to pay income tax on the whole thing right away?

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Don't say yes to a reverse mortgage until you read this:

You've likely heard the good and the bad about reverse mortgages. But what's real? Before you consider this strategy, consider a few key components.

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New year, new estate plan updates

New year, new estate plan updates

It's time to ask yourself: What changed during 2017? A divorce, a birth, a move and other events can affect your tax and estate planning.

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Tax Season Begins: How to know whether you should file early

Start your engines! Tax filing season officially begins on Monday, Jan. 29. Not many people file that early, but for some taxpayers it makes sense to do so. Here are common reasons to consider trying to be at the head of the line.

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Keep good records for mutual funds

Keep good records for mutual funds

Brokers are required to report your cost basis to the IRS. Without good recordkeeping, you may not be able to prove you were overtaxed because of incorrect basis reporting by your broker.

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Your tax-time financial review

Your tax-time financial review

It's the new year … and that means it's time to review your financial affairs. Take advantage of all of that top-of-mind tax-time knowledge and increase your changes of a fiscally sound 2018.

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Avoid high RMD penalties

Avoid high RMD penalties

Required minimum distribution (RMD) rules are pretty strict. If you don't want to face a hefty fine, you must withdraw a certain amount of money every year from tax-deferred retirement plans like 401(k)s and traditional IRAs after you reach age 70½.

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2017 Tax Highlights Videos

2017 Tax Highlights Videos

Don't miss the new 2017 Personal and Business Tax Highlight videos posted in our Video Blog section.

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Tax Act News: Paycheck Withholdings Changing Now

The IRS released new income tax withholding tables that reflect the changes to the tax bracket structure in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) passed in late December. Employers will have until Feb. 15 to update their payroll systems to reflect the new changes, and employees will start seeing the changes in their paychecks after that point.

The TCJA reduces income tax rates for almost all taxpayers. Widespread tax changes like this seldom happen, so it’s worth keeping an eye on your pay stubs over the next few weeks. The danger is that if the changes aren’t done right, you’ll either have too much tax taken out every paycheck, or end up with a big tax bill because too little was withheld. Here are some tips:

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Small Business Filing Deadline Approaching Fast: Form W-2s and 1099-MISCs are Due Jan. 31

If you own your own business or have a side business in addition to your regular job, you may need to send out several IRS forms by Jan. 31 this year.

The deadline is for forms you issue to employees and others who were paid as part of your business activities throughout the year. Forms W-2s and 1099-MISC forms that contain non-employee compensation in box 7 will have to be postmarked or sent electronically to both the IRS and the person you did business with on or before Jan. 31, otherwise you may face fines for each late form.

Most businesses understand that a W-2 is required for each of your employees. But did you know that you also may need to issue a 1099-MISC to each contractor or vendor you’ve done business with during the year?

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What the Tax Reform Act Means for You

What the Tax Reform Act Means for You

Revised: 12/28/2017

Congress has passed a tax reform act that will take effect in 2018, ushering in some of the most significant tax changes in three decades. There are a lot of changes in the new act, which was signed into law on Dec. 22, 2017.

You can use this memo as a high-level overview of some of the most significant items in the new act. Because major tax reform like this happens so seldom, it may be worthwhile for you to schedule a tax-planning consultation early in the year to ensure you reap the most tax savings possible during 2018.

Key changes for individuals:

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Reminder: Fourth Quarter Estimated Taxes Now 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 fourth-quarter due date is now here.

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"Stretch Out" a Tricky Inheritance

Inheriting a retirement account like a 401(k) or an IRA is more complicated tax-wise than if you’d been left a house or a set of golf clubs. Here’s a tip on how to use a “stretch out” to avoid being hit with a big tax bill.

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Tax Reform Passed -- What You Need to Know Now

Tax reform was passed by Congress this week and is expected to be signed into law soon. Most of the new laws take place in the 2018 and 2019 tax years, but there are a couple items that you need to know about right away for your 2017 taxes.

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2018 Mileage Rates: New mileage rates announced by the IRS

The IRS recently announced mileage rates to be used for travel in 2018. The Business mileage rate increases by 1 cent. The Medical and Moving mileage rates are also raised by 1 cent. Charitable mileage rates are unchanged.

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Tax Changes Are Near: What to Do NOW! Prepare to Make Some Final Moves in 2017

Both the House and Senate have passed versions of a tax reform bill. If a combined bill is passed and signed into law, it creates a unique window of possible tax savings during the last few weeks of 2017. But only if you prepare to act. Here are some tips.

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