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Set up IRAs for Children with Summer Jobs

Teenagers’ retirement may seem too far off to warrant saving now, but IRAs can be perfect for teens precisely because they’ll likely have many years to let their accounts grow tax-deferred or tax-free. The 2015 contribution limit is the lesser of $5,500 or 100% of earned income. A teen’s traditional IRA contributions typically are deductible,… Continue Reading

Should you forgo a personal exemption so your child can take the American Opportunity credit?

If you have a child in college, you may not qualify for the American Opportunity credit on your 2014 income tax return because your income is too high (modified adjusted gross income phaseout range of $80,000–$90,000; $160,000–$180,000 for joint filers), but your child might. The maximum credit, per student, is $2,500 per year for the… Continue Reading

The “manufacturers’ deduction”: It’s not just for manufacturers

The manufacturers’ deduction, also called the “Section 199” or “domestic production activities” deduction, is 9% of the lesser of qualified production activities income or taxable income. The deduction is also limited to 50% of W-2 wages paid by the taxpayer that are allocatable to domestic production gross receipts. Yes, the deduction is available to traditional… Continue Reading

Accelerating deductions to save taxes

Smart timing of deductible expenses can reduce your tax liability, and poor timing can unnecessarily increase it. When you don’t expect to be subject to the alternative minimum tax (AMT) in the current year, accelerating deductible expenses into the current year typically is a good idea. Why? Because it will defer tax, which usually is… Continue Reading

Are You TPR Ready?

In September 2013, the IRS issued final guidance regarding capitalization of expenditures related to tangible property for final regulations that became effective Jan. 1, 2014. The gist of guidance seems to indicate all expenditures should be capitalized unless there is an exception or de minimis safe harbor rule to follow. Under the guidance, material and… Continue Reading