Four taxpayer reactions as the realities of new tax law hit home

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Of the first 5 individual income tax returns that I prepared this week, 4 had unexpected problems and complications. Other tax preparers report unexpected and disturbing taxpayer reactions. Income tax filing season opened four days ago on January 29. Day by day now the real impact of the new federal tax law is hitting home […]

Five tax deductions you will miss this year

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminated some of the tax deductions that helped some taxpayers reduce their taxable income. These are the five you are most likely to notice when you file your 2018 return: Personal exemptions Employee business expenses Tax preparation fees Investment advisor fees Mortgage interest and property taxes above $10,000 Talk […]

Getting started toward sanity in divorce planning

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Getting tax and financial advice during a divorce does not need to be a complicated, expensive or difficult process. Over the years, I’ve noticed that taking the first step toward a logical approach toward tax and financial planning during a divorce is the most difficult. Yes, it is usually a long and usually painful process […]

2019 in employee benefits: by the numbers

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These are the numbers we commonly use in planning this year’s tax free employee benefits: 401(k) pre-tax contribution limits = $19,000 401(k) catch-up contribution limit = $6,000 IRA contribution limits = $6,000 Annual Health Savings Account contribution limit for individuals = $3,500 Health Savings Account contribution limit for family coverage = $7,000 High Deductible Health […]

2019 Tax Planning and Support Tools Available

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Through our 2019 license agreement with CFS Software, we offer a large number of support forms and estimated tax calculators. If you would benefit from a demonstration of the powers of any of these functions or planning calculations, please let us know. General Utilities and Retirement Calculations: 5 Year Federal/State Tax Planner After-Tax Loan Refinance […]

Five economic forecasts for small business in 2019

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A decade ago I probably would have said that there is little value to a small business adviser in attempting macroeconomic and political forecasts. But over this most recent decade I’ve watched shifting macroeconomic conditions wipe out over two million dollars of personal net worth and put one of my businesses into idle for over […]

Changes to Tony Novak CPA business practices for 2019

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***DRAFT VERSION *** This post is meant for peer advisor discussion purposes only at this time. I expect to make these five changes to improve client services in 2019. The changes apply to my core client group, local law firms, as well as other individual, small business and nonprofit clients.   1) Payroll Services Complete […]

Why are so many paying higher income taxes this year?

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65% of taxpayers will pay less federal income tax in 2018. Only 6.5% will pay more (1). This isn’t news. We’ve known for months and had reliable sources of data to back this up. The problem is that many of the people in this 6.5% don’t seem to know. That means that they did they […]