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Tax Scams to Watch Out For

Tax Scams to Watch Out For

While tax scams are especially prevalent during tax season, they can take place any time during the year. As a result, it’s in your best interest to always be vigilant so you don’t end up becoming the victim of a fraudulent tax scheme.

Here are some of the more common scams to watch out for.

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Key Retirement and Tax Numbers for 2019

Key Retirement and Tax Numbers for 2019

Every year, the Internal Revenue Service announces cost-of-living adjustments that affect contribution limits for retirement plans and various tax deduction, exclusion, exemption, and threshold amounts. Here are a few of the key adjustments for 2019.

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ABLE Accounts After Tax Reform

ABLE Accounts After Tax Reform

Recent federal tax reform legislation has added several favorable new tax provisions for ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) accounts. ABLE accounts are tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities that are typically used to cover qualified disability expenses. Generally, an ABLE account is disregarded for purposes of determining eligibility for, and the amount of, any assistance or benefit provided under certain means-tested federal programs.

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Estate Tax Versus Inheritance Tax — What’s The Difference?

Inheritance

One of the most important components of financial planning is ensuring a sound plan is in place for the transfer of an individual’s estate upon their passing. Several changes have been (and continue to be) made to federal and state laws that govern the transfer and subsequent taxation of estates in the United States, leaving many people feeling overwhelmed by the sheer complexities that exist. Continue reading “Estate Tax Versus Inheritance Tax — What’s The Difference?”

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Tax Implications of Fully Repealing the ACA

ACA

One of many contentious political issues today, the future of healthcare in America has sparked debate across the country. As President Trump settles into office, it has become clear that changes are coming, whether in the form of smaller-scale adjustments to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or a full repeal and replacement of the law. Continue reading “Tax Implications of Fully Repealing the ACA”

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Changes to Social Security

Changes

There are some significant changes to the Social Security program this year which you should be aware of, particularly if you are thinking of retiring soon or already have. One of the most important components of an individual’s retirement plan is the opportunity to receive monthly income from the Social Security program. Over 65 million people received benefits from programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in 2015. Continue reading “Changes to Social Security”

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What Does the Recent Compromise In Trenton Mean For New Jersey’s Residents?

Deal

Politicians from both sides of the aisle in Trenton have finally reached an agreement to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund after many delays. While all residents of the Garden State won’t be impacted the same, the implications will be far-reaching nonetheless. The new deal confirms a 23-cent hike in the gasoline tax, which on top of the current 14.5 cent/gallon tax – brings this tax to 37.5 cents per gallon, up to the seventh-highest in our country.

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Go for the Gold (Medal)*

*Taxes may be applicable

Rio

Winning an Olympic medal is an amazing accomplishment that deserves to be rewarded. The US Olympic Committee prize money for winning an Olympic gold medal is $25,000, $15,000 for silver, and $10,000 for bronze. Many countries do not award their medal winners, and if they do, the amounts are often less (though some are higher, such as Brazil). What may seem surprising is that with those thousands of dollars in prize money earned, comes a hefty tax bill, depending on the athlete’s income tax bracket. If a US Olympian is in the highest tax bracket (39.6%), then they will owe $9,900 in income taxes on his or her gold medal. This amount drops to $6,250 if the gold medal winner is in the 25% tax bracket.

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