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Tax Newsletter – November 2016

The HoganTaylor LLP Tax Team is excited to present the November 2016 edition of our eNewsletter. Our newsletter is designed to help you keep up with the latest tax issues.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the HoganTaylor Tax Team with any questions you may have regarding these subjects. Additionally, we welcome any thoughts or ideas you may have for future newsletter topics.

In This Issue:

More Certainty for Year-End Tax Planning

Recently, year-end tax planning has been challenging. Many tax code provisions expired, and it was uncertain whether they would be renewed, with Congress’ action potentially not coming until extremely late in the year. Read More

Year-End Planning for Itemized Deductions

For 2016, the standard deduction is $6,300 for single taxpayers (and for married persons filing separately) and $12,600 for married couples filing jointly. For heads of household, the standard deduction is $9,300. People who have reached age 65 by year-end can take an additional standard deduction of $1,250, if married, or $1,550, if not married. Taxpayers who are blind also get this additional standard deduction. Read More

Year-End Planning for Deducting Taxes Paid

As mentioned elsewhere in this newsletter, a new law makes the sales tax deduction permanent. Keep in mind that you deduct sales tax instead of state and any local income tax. You can’t deduct both sales and income taxes. Read More

Year-End Planning for Charitable Donations

The PATH Act, passed at the end of 2015, exempts certain IRA-to-charity transfers from income tax. For most people, moving money from an IRA to a charity is a taxable withdrawal, subject to income tax. However, once you reach age 70½, such transactions may be untaxed as a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD). Read More

Year-End Planning for Medical Deductions

The PATH Act of 2015 is not the only recent tax law affecting year-end planning this year. One provision of the Affordable Care Act, passed back in 2010, comes into play now. For taxpayers age 65 or older, it may pay to incur optional medical expenses by December 31, 2016. Read More

Year-End Retirement Tax Planning

Many people save money for retirement in a traditional IRA. The funds might have come from annual IRA contributions, or from rolling over an employer sponsored retirement account such as a 401(k). Either way, the dollars in your traditional IRA are probably pretax, so they’ll be taxed on withdrawal. Read More

Year-End Business Tax Planning

The PATH Act’s many provisions also include a permanent increase in the amounts allowed under IRC Section 179, which permits rapid deduction (expensing) of funds spent for business equipment. Read More

Tax Calendar

Find out what tax deadlines are approaching in December of 2016. Read More