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How To Save Taxes In Retirement

By Robert Pagliarini on March 12, 2015

Will you pay higher taxes in retirement? Do you have a lot of money in a 401(k) or a traditional IRA? If so, you may receive significant retirement income. Those income distributions, however, will be taxed at the usual rate. If you have saved and invested well, you may end up retiring at your current…

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A Brief Rundown of 1099 Forms

By Robert Pagliarini on March 7, 2015

There are 17 types of 1099 forms, and you may have received one or more of them in the mail. Here’s a brief rundown of what they report. 1099-A. This form is a consequence of foreclosure or bank repossession of secured real property – “acquisition or abandonment,” in IRS terms. Lenders send it to the…

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Learn About The Gift Tax

By Robert Pagliarini on

“How can I avoid the federal gift tax?” If this question is on your mind, you aren’t alone. The good news is that few taxpayers or estates will ever have to pay it. Misconceptions surround this tax. The IRS sets both a yearly gift tax exclusion amount and a lifetime gift tax exemption amount, and…

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Beware of Tax Phone Scams

By Robert Pagliarini on February 28, 2015

Every year, con artists posing as the Internal Revenue Service perpetrate scams on taxpayers. Their weapon is a telephone, and they use it to leave thousands of households poorer. These gambits can seem very convincing, but you need not fall prey to them if you are informed. The IRS will never call you up &…

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Prep Your Paperwork for Tax Season

By Robert Pagliarini on February 20, 2015

How prepared are you to prepare your 1040? The earlier you compile and organize the relevant paperwork, the easier things may be for you (or the tax preparer working for you) this winter. Here are some tips to help you get ready: As a first step, look at your 2013 return. Unless your job, living…

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Tax Tips: Avoid These Common 1040 Tax Return Mistakes

By Robert Pagliarini on January 24, 2015

No one wants to delay their federal tax refund. As you certainly don’t, filling out your 1040 form correctly is essential. To that end, it is worth noting some of the common 1040 tax return mistakes – the little slip-ups that aggravate both the IRS and the taxpayer. Not signing your return. If you file…

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Getting Ready for 2014 Taxes

By Robert Pagliarini on January 5, 2015

You can file your federal tax return starting January 20. IRS filing season will start right on time in 2015, and there is wisdom in filing your 1040 well before April 15. You can get it out of the way earlier, and if you e-file, you can put yourself in position for an earlier refund.…

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Major Tax Breaks Retroactively Reinstated

By Robert Pagliarini on December 29, 2014

If you hurry, you might realize some major tax breaks before 2014 runs out. Once again, Congress has acted at the eleventh hour to bring back some expired tax perks. H.R. 5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act, was passed and signed into law by President Obama on December 19. Here is a rundown of the…

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Tax Update 12/17/2014

By Robert Pagliarini on December 18, 2014

Tax Extenders Bill Passes Congress, President Expected to Sign into Law On December 16, the Senate brought to an end this year’s tax extenders drama, passing a bill that extends all but a few tax provisions that expired at the end of 2013 through the end the current year. The President is expected to sign…

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What Does “Effective Tax Rate” Mean?

By Robert Pagliarini on September 9, 2014

What does it mean when you hear the phrase “effective tax rate?” If you are the lender, it means how much interest you are earning. It’s also called the true interest rate, the yield to maturity on a bond, or the internal rate of return. But if you are the one borrowing the money, the…

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