RSS Feed Take a look at our recent blog posts and client newsletter articles. en-us Thu, 01 Apr 2021 09:00:00 -0500 Thu, 01 Apr 2021 09:00:00 -0500 Q & A: The $10,200 Unemployment Tax Break A new tax break - in effect only for the 2020 tax year - allows you to exclude the first $10,200 of unemployment compensation from your taxable income. Thu, 01 Apr 2021 09:00:00 -0500 PPP Loan Deadline Extended Through May 31 The Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act of 2021 was signed into law on March 31, extending the deadline to apply for a loan by an additional 60 days. Thu, 01 Apr 2021 09:00:00 -0500 Highlights of the American Rescue Plan Act Signed into law on March 11, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 contains several tax provisions affecting individuals and families. Thu, 01 Apr 2021 09:00:00 -0500 Federal Tax Deadline Extended To May 17 The federal income tax filing due date for individual taxpayers, including those who pay self-employment tax, has been extended to Monday, May 17, 2021. Thu, 01 Apr 2021 09:00:00 -0500 Economic Impact Payments: Round Three Starting March 12, the IRS began sending out the third round of economic impact payments via direct deposit, paper checks, and EIP Cards. Thu, 01 Apr 2021 09:00:00 -0500 Tax Breaks for Families With Children If you have children, one or more of these tax credits and deductions could help your family reduce the amount of tax owed. Mon, 01 Mar 2021 09:00:00 -0600 Small Business Tax Roundup In 2020, the IRS issued a number of guidance documents as well as final rules and regulations that clarified several tax provisions affecting businesses. Mon, 01 Mar 2021 09:00:00 -0600 Renting Out a Second Home Tax rules on rental income from second homes can be confusing, especially if you rent the home out for several months of the year and also use the home yourself. Mon, 01 Mar 2021 09:00:00 -0600 Capital Gains Tax on Sale of Stocks If you made money last year buying and selling stocks, you may owe capital gains tax. Mon, 01 Mar 2021 09:00:00 -0600 Avoiding an IRS Tax Audit With taxes becoming more complicated every year, there is an even greater possibility of tax confusion turning into a tax mistake and an IRS audit. Avoiding "red flags" like these could help. Mon, 01 Mar 2021 09:00:00 -0600 Should I File A Tax Extension? Should I File A Tax Extension? Need more time to file your tax return? This document can help you decide whether or not you should file an extension using IRS Form 4898. Thu, 11 Apr 2019 09:00:00 -0500 Is Personal Health Insurance A Write-Off? Simply put, though many individuals qualify for deductions on their tax returns when they pay their own health insurance, businesses are the only things that are allowed to deduct health insurance as a business expense. Thu, 11 Apr 2019 09:00:00 -0500 Does the money you earned or received get taxed? Reduce your tax liability and save money. There are many ways that people receive an income, and some income may confuse people when it comes to tax season. Does the money you earned or received get taxed? Thu, 11 Apr 2019 09:00:00 -0500 Free 2018 Tax Help Doing your taxes for the first time can be intimidating. Typical fears of using the wrong form or of getting audited surround people�??�?�¢??s thoughts of tax season, forcing �??�?�¢??Do Taxes�??�?�¢?�??�?� to the bottom of every to-do list. Tue, 12 Mar 2019 09:00:00 -0500 6 reasons to get a head start on taxes in 2019 If you are like many Americans, taxes probably fill you with dread. This probably means you are putting them off until the absolute last minute. We�????�???�??�?�¢??ve all been there. But if you don't think there are any incentives to doing your taxes early, you might want to think again. Mon, 18 Feb 2019 09:00:00 -0600 2019 Tax Tips! Tax season is in full swing, and this year many Americans are hoping that the new tax laws will yield higher returns than 2018. In order to take advantage of new laws, there are a few things to watch out for and to be proactive about. The IRS released five key things to remember when filing your taxes for 2018. Mon, 18 Feb 2019 09:00:00 -0600 Six Tax Tips for Older Taxpayers Older Americans want to save money on their taxes, and we want to help. If you�?�¢??re 50 years of age or older, these six tax tips could help you keep more money in the bank. Tue, 05 Feb 2019 09:00:00 -0600 Significant Tax Changes for Individuals and Businesses in 2019 Though this checklist outlines all important tax changes for the tax year 2019, there is always a possibility that tax law changes will arise during the year. Please call our office if you have questions or would like to begin tax planning for 2019. Wed, 23 Jan 2019 09:00:00 -0600 Important January 2019 Tax Due Dates Follow these important January 2019 Tax Due Dates to ensure you do not miss important tax deadlines! Wed, 23 Jan 2019 09:00:00 -0600 Important Tax Changes for 2018 There are many changes in 2018 that affect individual taxpayers. These tables will reflect the increases in standard deduction, modifications to tax rates and brackets, and repeal of personal exemptions. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:00:00 -0500 Standard Mileage Rates for 2018 2018 standard mileage rates are changing. Know the rates now so you're prepared to file your taxes! Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:00:00 -0500 Extended Due Dates for Health Coverage Forms The due date to provide 2017 health coverage information forms in 2018 has been extended by 30 days. Employers now have until March 2, 2018 to provide Forms 1095-B or 1095-C. As a result of this extension, some individuals may not receive their Forms 1095-B or 1095-C in time to file their 2017 individual income tax return. Learn More... Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:00:00 -0600 Tips for a Stress-Free Tax Season Stressing out about taxes can often cause people to keep pushing them off, making the problem even harder to deal with by the time they get around to doing taxes. Here are our six tips for a stress-free tax season. Thu, 08 Feb 2018 09:00:00 -0600 Hiring Best Practices You've found the right candidate. Now ensure you file the right paperwork! Virginia, DC and Maryland's premier hiring best practices consultants. Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:00:00 -0500 Choosing the Correct Tax Filing Status It's important to use the right filing status when you file your tax return because the filing status you choose can affect the amount of tax you owe for the year. It may even determine if you must file a tax return. Fri, 31 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0500 Welcome to "Adulting"! Nothing quite like filing your own taxes for the first time. Welcome to "Adulting"! Getting prepared ahead of time can cut down on stress and confusion and make the best decisions for your financial situation. Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0500 Never Miss These Tax Breaks for Individuals Confused about which credits and deductions you can claim on your 2016 individual tax return? Here are six (6) tax breaks that you won't want to overlook. Wed, 01 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0600 2016 Health Coverage Exemption - What You Need To Know With the 2017 tax filing season in full swing, now is the time to think about how the health care law affects your taxes. Learn the criteria for Form 8965. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0600 Five (5) Tax Breaks That Expired Last Year Many tax provisions were made permanent with the passage of the PATH Act in late 2015, but more than 36 others expired at the end of 2016. Here are the five (5) that are most likely to affect taxpayers like you. Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0600 Seven 2017 IRS Tax Scams To Watch Out For With the rush to file taxes, many are out there to scam you. Here are Brandt & Associates Seven IRS Tax Scams to watch out for in 2017. Thu, 09 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0600 Should You File a Tax Return in 2016? Most people file a tax return because they have to. Even if you don't, there are times when you should because you might be eligible for a tax refund. The six tax tips below should help you determine whether you're one of them. Thu, 02 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0600 Tips On Paying Taxes For Household Help If you employ someone to work for you around your house, it is important to consider the tax implications of this arrangement. Read Brandt Tax's Tips on Household Help Fri, 27 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0600 Seven Tax Tips For Older Americans Older Americans want to save money on their taxes. If you are age 50 or older, here are seven (7) tax tips that could help you save money this tax season. Fri, 27 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0600