If you plan on deducting charitable contributions on your 2017 tax return, you’ll need to have certain records. Gifts by check or credit/debit card must have written documentation showing the contribution amount and date, as well as the name of the organization you gave to. If the contribution is more […]
Deduction opportunities abound for people who know the importance of saving their receipts and keeping proper documentation. Make sure you’re taking the right steps to make qualified deductions during filing season. When it comes to taking qualified deductions on your federal tax return, three things must happen: Recognize that an […]
Tax audits still remain relatively rare, but should you face one, be prepared for questions. Tax authorities tend to deny everything and then make you prove that your deductions are valid. Here are some suggestions. To prove your deduction most auditors are looking for two required documents. Receipts. The receipt […]
Once you reach age 70½, the required minimum distribution (RMD) rules say you have to withdraw at least a minimum amount from your retirement plans each year. Since the withdrawals are considered ordinary income, planning in advance can help you prepare for the impact on your federal income tax return. […]
If you’re required to make quarterly estimated tax payments this year, the first one is due on the same day as your federal income tax return. Failing to pay estimates, or not paying enough, may lead to penalties. Here’s what to consider.