Tax Bulletin


Mid-Year Tax Planning

Year-end tax planning is on the agenda for many taxpayers, with good reason. That said, you don’t have to wait for November or December to make astute moves. Planning in June or July can lead to tax savings that might be reduced or lost altogether if you wait for late […]


How IRAs Affect Medicaid Planning

The national median cost of a private room in a nursing home is $8,365 a month (over $100,000 a year), according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. Similar costs for assisted living and home health care are nearly $50,000 a year. Costs are higher in some areas, lower […]


Tax Calendar: June and July 2019

JUNE 2019 June 17 Individuals. If you are not paying your 2019 income tax through withholding (or will not pay enough tax during the year that way), pay the second installment of your 2019 estimated tax. If you are a U.S. citizen or resident alien living and working (or on […]


Using the 0% Tax Rate

Generally, profits from selling assets such as securities and real estate held in taxable accounts are classed as long-term if the holding period was longer than one year. Tax rates on long-term capital gains are 0%, 15%, or 20%, depending on the seller’s income. To maximize use of the 0% […]


Final Regulations Clarify IRC Section 199A

The IRS recently published final regulations regarding Section 199A of the IRC. That section, created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, offers a 20% deduction for qualified business income (QBI). This deduction may be available to non-C-corporation taxpayers such as sole proprietors, business partners, certain LLC members, […]


Tax Calendar: May and June 2019

MAY 2019 May 10           Employers. For Social Security, Medicare, and withheld income tax, file Form 941 for the first quarter of 2019. This due date applies only if you deposited the tax for the quarter in full and on time.   May 15 Employers. For Social Security, Medicare, withheld income […]


The Standard Deduction’s Double Standard

The 2019 “tax season,” during which most 2018 tax returns are prepared, will soon peak at the April 15 deadline. One key trend is that more people are taking the standard deduction, which has increased significantly, and fewer people are claiming itemized deductions, which have been restricted. These changes result […]


Homeowner’s Insurance Protects a Prime Asset

From coast to coast, hurricanes and wildfires and other natural disasters have created headlines while destroying homes. Your principal residence is probably a valuable asset, so you should be confident your homeowner’s insurance can protect you against multiple perils. Chances are, your first experience with homeowner’s coverage probably coincided with […]