The 2018 Tax Wrap-Up

× The 2018 Tax Wrap-Up The tax reform passed at the end of 2017 runs to about 70,000 words. It's a large and complicated piece of legislation, and we can…

What to Do After the Hurricane

Those pictures you see from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma – ordinary people out there in waist-high water, rescuing both their neighbours and strangers, coming from other states and other counties – demonstrate yet again not only the resilience of Americans but our decency in reaching out to others without a thought to personal safety.

Hobby vs. Business: Where Do You Draw the Line?

What's in a word? A world of tax consequences when the word is "business" or "hobby." In a nutshell: If you and the IRS determine that an activity is a business, you'll owe taxes on profits and will be allowed to deduct expenses for conducting that business. But if your passion for, say, making quilts is a "hobby," you cannot deduct the fabric, thread, needles and labor needed to make the bedclothes.

Identifying the Right Time to Start Taking Social Security

What is full retirement age to collect Social Security? Previously, you could retire early and begin collecting reduced benefits at age 62. Otherwise, you could wait until you were 65 to collect. Now, however, depending on the year you were born, many people won’t reach full retirement age until age 65, 66, or even 67. People born in 1937 or earlier, reach full retirement age at 65. For those born in 1938 or later, the magic age rises gradually to 67.

Wondering About a 1031 Exchange

Perhaps you've heard of 1031 exchanges or like-kind exchanges, but you're unsure of the benefits or whether you even qualify. The Internal Revenue Code 1031 is available to those who hold a property that qualifies as productive use in business or investments. If you have a piece of investment property, a 1031 exchange allows you to swap it for a similar property.

The IRS Is Auditing Your Business

First, make sure you really received an audit notification. The IRS will notify you either by letter or by a phone call followed by a letter. The IRS does not notify taxpayers about audits through email, so if you do get an email saying you've been selected for an audit, it's probably fraudulent.