Category Archives: Taxes

Three Positive Steps to Financial Well-Being

While you’re gathering information to prepare your 2015 tax return, set aside time for a financial review. Here are steps to get started. Compile a year-end list of your assets and debts and compare the list to last year. Are you gaining or losing ground? What actions can you take to improve your financial situation in 2016? Review your insurance.… (more…)

Does Your Business Need to File Form 1099?

  Forms 1099 are due to recipients by February 1, 2016. You may be most familiar with Form 1099-MISC, which you use when your business makes miscellaneous payments in excess of $600 for services to non-employees. What are miscellaneous payments? Reportable payments can include fees for services paid to independent contractors, such as consultants, lawyers, and cleaning services. Generally, you… (more…)

Watch out for the AMT

As you review your income tax situation at midyear, consider your exposure to the alternative minimum tax (AMT). The alternative minimum tax involves a separate tax calculation that disallows many of the deductions and credits used to calculate regular income tax. If you have high levels of deductions or exemptions, or if you exercise incentive stock options this year, it’s… (more…)