January 2, 2018
Like the old paraphrased saying goes: In this world, two things are certain—death and taxes. The recent federal tax overhaul changed a lot of rules, so it’s as important as ever to understand your tax obligations, including those on Social Security benefits.
According to the Social Security Administration, some will be obligated to pay federal income taxes on Social Security benefits. This usually happens only if you have other substantial income in addition to your benefits (such as wages, self-employment, interest, dividends and other taxable income that must be reported on your tax return).
No one can avoid the long arm of the tax man altogether, but there are ways to reduce your income and lower (or even avoid paying) taxes on your Social Security benefits. Consider the following tips:
Of course, be sure to consult with our firm if you have questions and to ensure the best tax strategy. Here’s to a happy and financially healthy New Year!
Over the past year, we’ve all spent more time than usual at home—which may mean you’ve paid more attention to your utility bills than in previous years. If you’ve noticed a creep upward, here are some easy ways to help keep your energy costs down.
What do accountants do with themselves after tax season? Actually, the same thing they do during busy season: They work hard for their clients. The only difference is that instead of cranking out tax returns, they help clients work through other aspects of their financial health—including issues revealed during the yearly tax return process.
Spend it? Save it? Invest it? Share it? Here are a few ideas for putting your tax refund to work for you: