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      Year in Review: Tax Changes for Individuals 2018

      Individuals, year-end tax planning, Big 3

      The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) eliminated or modified numerous tax provisions starting in 2018. Here's what individuals and families need to know as they get ready for tax season.

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      Year-end Tax Planning for Individuals 2018

      Tax planning, Individuals, Big 3

      Once again, tax planning for the year ahead presents a number of challenges, this year, primarily due to tax laws changes brought about the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2018. These changes include the nearly doubling of the standard deduction, elimination of personal exemptions, and numerous itemized deductions reduced or eliminated. Let's take a closer look.

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      2017 Year-End Tax Planning Strategies for Individuals

      Individuals, 2017, year-end tax planning

      Once again, tax planning for the year ahead presents a number of challenges: What tax reform measures (if any) will actually become legislation--and when they take effect (e.g. retroactive to January 1, 2017, or a future date); A number of tax extenders expired at the end of 2016, which may or may not be reauthorized by Congress and made retroactive to the beginning of the year?; And there are the normal variations in individual tax circumstances such as the sale of a home that could bump up income into another tax bracket.  With this in mind, let's take a look at some of the tax strategies you can use given the current uncertainties.

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      Paying Taxes on Household Help

      Taxes, Individuals, household help

      If you employ someone to work for you around your house, it is important to consider the tax implications of this arrangement. While many people disregard the need to pay taxes on household employees, they do so at the risk of paying stiff tax penalties down the road.

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      Tax Changes for 2017: A Checklist

      Taxes, Individuals, business

      Welcome, 2017! As the New Year rolls around, it's always a sure bet that there will be changes to current tax law and 2017 is no different. From health savings accounts to tax rate schedules and standard deductions, here's a checklist of tax changes to help you plan the year ahead.

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      Understanding the Net Investment Income Tax

      Taxes, Individuals, Net Investment Income Tax

      One of the most significant tax changes affecting higher income taxpayers was the Net Investment Income Tax that went into effect on January 1, 2013. While it tends to affect wealthier individuals most often, in certain circumstances, it can also affect moderate income taxpayers whose income increases significantly in a given tax year. Here's what you need to know:

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      2016 Tax Provisions for Individuals: A Review

      Taxes, Individuals, Tax Provisions, PATH

      Many of the tax changes affecting individuals and businesses for 2016 were related to the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH) that modified or made permanent numerous tax breaks (the so-called "tax extenders"). To further complicate matters, some provisions were only extended through 2016 and are set to expire at the end of this year while others were extended through 2019. With that in mind, here's what individuals and families need to know about tax provisions for 2016.

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