Tax Exempt Organization Search (TEOS)

 The following video was published by the IRS. The Tax Exempt Organization Search (or TEOS) provides you with faster, easier access to tax exempt organizations. TEOS includes images of newly filed 990 forms, the paperwork charitable groups send to the IRS. And it's mobile friendly so you can access it anywhere using a smartphone. TEOS [...]

These Summer Actions Might Benefit Taxpayers Who Itemize

The following article was published by the IRS. Summer is a season when people have fun, yet get things done. From buying a new house to cleaning their old one, taxpayers who itemize their deductions may be doing things this summer that will affect the tax returns they file next year. The higher standard deduction means fewer taxpayers [...]

Year End Tax Planning Considerations For The Individual

Below are some important steps to keep in mind as we approach the 2019 tax season: 1. Higher-income earners must be wary of the 3.8% surtax on certain unearned income. The surtax is 3.8% of the lesser of: 1. NET INVESTMENT INCOME (NII), OR 2. THE EXCESS OF MODIFIED ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME (MAGI) OVER A THRESHOLD [...]

Bunch Charitable Contributions through Donor-Advised Funds

The TCJA temporarily increases the limit on cash contributions to public charities and certain private foundations from 50% to 60% of AGI. However, the standard deduction has almost doubled. Combined with the capping of the state and local tax deduction at $10,000 per year ($5,000 for a married taxpayer filing a separate return), changes to the [...]

IRS Issues Standard Mileage Rates for 2019

The following article was published by the IRS. The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2019 optional standard mileage rates used to  calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2019, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or [...]