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2016 Income Taxes: Obamacare & Trump’s Executive Order

2016 INCOME TAXES: OBAMACARE & TRUMP’S EXECUTIVE ORDER by Rick Howard, CMA, CPA 2/17/2017 The Affordable Care Act, referred to as “Obamacare”, imposes a penalty for taxpayers who do not have the required health care coverage.  President Trump signed an Executive Order directing the authority and discretion to “waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay…

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Taking the Political Easy Path – Extender Tax Provisions Update

In an earlier post, I discussed the on-going issue with Congress where they continue to extend 50+ key tax provisions (nick-named “extender tax provisions”) for only one or two years, and then the process must be repeated. Why won’t Congress make the changes permanent? Because of politics. Specifically, these changes reduce tax revenue and increase…

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Congress is Doing Nothing About Taxes… Again!

Updated 11/19/2015:  My article below addresses the bigger issue behind the annual tax-extender dance that takes place in Washington DC. Once again, we sit waiting for Congress to punch our card so that we can move off our seats. This is not just a current issue. It is an on-going large problem, and it is…

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5 Tips When Calling the IRS – How to Talk to a Real Person

If you need to call the IRS and talk to a person to get help, you most likely are already frustrated and stressed. Placing the call doesn’t help your anxiety level because it is easy to get lost in the myriad of automated responses… “Choose 1 for this”, “Choose 2 for that”, etc. Sometimes you…

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Looking Great is Not Deductible!

Does your job require you to look great? We have been able to meet some great small business people, including those in sales or leadership positions. To do the job right, the individual needs to look their best. This may mean more expensive clothing, on-going grooming, staying fit, etc. To look your best… to look…

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Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, and Your Tax Return

Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), also referred to as Obamacare, mandates health insurance coverage. Businesses with 50 or more employees are mandated to provide health insurance coverage to their employees, or pay penalties. Individuals that are not provided health insurance coverage by their employer are mandated to obtain insurance coverage on their…

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Adjust Your Payroll Withholding with Form W-4

Clients often ask , “How many allowances should I claim on my W-4?”. This may sound like a simple question, but it is very difficult to answer. The bottom portion of page 1 Form W-4 (the portion you give your employer) appears to be very straight forward. You can check in Box 3 whether you…

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Minimize 2013 Income Tax Now. Don’t Wait Until April 15th.

If you wait until April 15th to try and reduce your 2013 income tax, there will be very few things you can do.  Now, before December 31st, review your situation and take action to minimize your 2013 income tax. Unlike the end of 2012, Congress isn’t still debating tax law changes. We know what the…

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