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The CARE Act

On March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the CARES Act. The rollout of certain relief provisions like the SBA loan program for wage, rents and utilities may take several weeks to be up and running. Again, with the regular caveat that things are moving fast, here is a list of the CARES Act provisions that we believe to be particularly applicable to small business owners and individual taxpayers:

Cents-per-mile rate for business miles decreases slightly for 2020

This year, the optional standard mileage rate used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business decreased by one-half cent, to 57.5 cents per mile. As a result, you might claim a lower deduction for vehicle-related expense for 2020 than you can for 2019.

Electronic Tax Payment Options

In recent years, the U.S. Treasury and Alabama Department of Revenue have become more accommodating to different tax payment methods. While the availability of bank draft and credit card payment options is nothing new, these methods are now available for free. Instead of fighting the tax day traffic at the post office, you can now…
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Tax Extenders Law Passes…Finally!

After a long wait, Congress has finally passed a law that extends many popular tax provisions into 2014. These provisions, commonly known as “extenders”, have been hanging in limbo since they expired at the end of last year. The President still needs to sign the bill, but we expect that to happen any day now….
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Itemized Deductions from A to Z, Part 7: Charitable Contributions in Cash

This is part seven in our series on Itemized Deductions. To read the rest of the series, click here. For additional information regarding 2014 tax planning, you can download our 2014 Tax Planning Guide from the Resources tab on our website. Cash contributions are relatively straightforward—you donate $100 to a qualifying charity (no benefit provided…
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Itemized Deductions from A to Z, Part 4: Deducting Mortgage Interest

This is part four in our series on Itemized Deductions. To read the rest of the series, click here. For additional information regarding 2014 tax planning, you can download our 2014 Tax Planning Guide from the Resources tab on our website. Mortgage interest for up to two residences is deductible on Federal Schedule A. If…
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Itemized Deductions from A to Z, Part 1: The Basics

For additional information regarding 2014 tax planning, you can download our 2014 Tax Planning Guide from the Resources tab on our website.   All qualifying taxpayers are allowed a standard deduction regardless of actual deductions. For those under 65 years of age, the basic standard deduction for 2014 is $12,400 if married and filing jointly…
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Itemized Deductions: From Common and Easy to Unusual and Tricky

For additional information regarding 2014 tax planning, you can download our 2014 Tax Planning Guide from the Resources tab on our website.   For most taxpayers, questions about what is deductible far outnumber the questions about what is taxable. Why? Most income is reported to you and the IRS shortly after year-end on standard documents…
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Tax Extenders – What You Need to Know

In addition to being unnecessarily complex, another frustrating aspect of tax compliance is that the rules change every year. 2014 is no exception. Each year, Congress and the President review the tax rules slated for expiration in the upcoming year and, for the most part, enact legislation to extend those rules for the next year….
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Fiscal Cliff Averted? It All Depends.

Search the term “fiscal cliff averted” and you’ll get about 57 million hits in a quarter of a second.  Is that proof enough that we did, in fact, avoid a cataclysmic spill over a scary economic precipice?  As a nation, perhaps so.  But if you now find yourself approaching the highest income tax bracket, you…
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