IRS Defers Tax Payment Due Dates

We hope you and your loved ones continue to be safe and healthy during this medical crisis. Recently (3/20/2020) the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued updated guidance extending the due date to file a federal income tax return from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020 for any individual, trust, estate,… Read More »

Need to Know Tax Facts for 2020

Every April 15 millions of taxpayers throughout the United States file their income tax returns. Prior to filing their returns many taxpayers will go through their records to organize their income, deductions, and credits, and meet with their tax advisors/preparers to review and finalize their income tax returns. You can take this opportunity to speak… Read More »

Charitable Gift Giving – How much can I deduct?

In general, your total charitable deductions are limited to no more than 60% of your adjusted gross income (AGI). However, only donations to certain organizations as defined by the IRS qualify for the highest limit. These organizations include, but are not limited to, churches, educational institutions, and hospitals. Only certain qualified conservation contributions are eligible… Read More »

Charitable Gift Giving – Is the charity a qualified organization under IRS rules?

Not all donations are eligible tax deductions. In order to be eligible for a charitable contribution tax deduction, the recipient charity must be duly qualified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This means that gifts to needy relatives, friends, neighbors, and any other person or group who lacks tax-exempt status as determined by the U.S…. Read More »

What if I Have a Contract to Reduce My Property Taxes, But I Want to Sell My Home?

A constant concern here on Long Island is the continued increase in Property Taxes and the ever-increasing cost of living.  The application for state program real estate tax exemptions (such as Basic STAR, Enhanced STAR or Veterans exemptions) may help to ease the burden, but there are instances where homeowners may not be eligible for… Read More »

Spam, Scams and Phishing

Scams are on the rise! Whether it be in the form of a phone call, email, or direct mailing, scam artists are trying to steal your personal information. The IRS has continuously warned taxpayers to think twice before providing any sensitive information to anyone, even if the request appears to come from the IRS. Scams… Read More »

What to Expect this Tax Season

This tax season will be the first which incorporates the significant tax rule changes implemented under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in late 2017 (“TCJA”). One of the goals of the TCJA was to simplify tax filings, however despite the rhetoric, the TCJA added significant complexity that may change a process you thought… Read More »

Your Guide to Fiduciary Income Tax Returns (Form 1041)

The IRS recently issued Revenue Procedure 2018-57 providing a glimpse at the tax brackets and rates to be used for 2019 tax returns (which would generally be filed in April 2020), including the tax rate tables for trusts and estates. The 2018 and 2019 tax brackets for are compared below: Trusts and Estates Percent Tax… Read More »