Tax Preparation

Tax Planning for the Self-Employed

Self-employment is the opportunity to be your own boss, to come and go as you please, and oh yes, to establish a lifelong bond with your accountant. If you’re self-employed, you’ll need to pay your own FICA taxes and take charge of your own retirement plan, among other things. Here are some planning tips. Understand…

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Taxation of Investments

It’s nice to own stocks, bonds, and other investments. Nice, that is, until it’s time to fill out your federal income tax return. At that point, you may be left scratching your head. Just how do you report your investments and how are they taxed? Is it ordinary income or a capital gain? To determine…

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Final Chance to Undo a 2017 Roth IRA Conversion

If you converted a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA in 2017 and your Roth IRA has sustained losses, you may want to consider whether it makes sense to undo (recharacterize) your conversion. You have until October 15, 2018, to undo your 2017 conversion.* A recharacterization can help you avoid paying income tax on IRA…

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Designing a Benefit Package for Your Small Business

One of the greatest benefits our clients have come to appreciate from us is the different shadow services we provide.  While serving as a financial and tax advisor we get to see both sides of our clients personal finances.  It helps us be better advisors.  Some of the shadow services we provide clients include calculating…

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Social Security Retirement Benefits

Social Security was originally intended to provide older Americans with continuing income after retirement. Today, though the scope of Social Security has been widened to include survivor, disability, and other benefits, retirement benefits are still the cornerstone of the program. How do you qualify for retirement benefits? When you work and pay Social Security taxes…

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HSA Deposit Limits for 2018-2019

The 2018 family maximum Health Savings Account contribution limit is $6,900.  It has been widely reported, erroneously, that the limit remains at $6,850.   The 2018 single maximum HSA deposit limit is $3,450. One financial planning strategy everyone can use is to allow your HSA balance to carryover from year to year and be invested in…

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There’s Still Time to Contribute to an IRA for 2017

There’s still time to make a regular IRA contribution for 2017! You have until your tax return due date (not including extensions) to contribute up to $5,500 for 2017 ($6,500 if you were age 50 by December 31, 2017). For most taxpayers, the contribution deadline for 2017 is April 17, 2018. You can contribute to…

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Federal Income Tax Returns Due for Most Individuals

  Filing deadline for most individuals: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018, if you file for an automatic six-month extension by the original due date The federal income tax filing deadline for most individuals is Tuesday, April 17, 2018. That’s because April 15 falls on a Sunday, and Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in Washington, D.C.,…

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Pros and Cons of a Big Tax Refund

Many people view their annual tax refund as a bonus or windfall to use as they wish.  This timely video encourages you to consider how you might use a tax refund to help better yourself financially – e.g., by paying down credit card debt or investing the money – rather than engaging in a splurge…

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CFA Recognized as One of Baltimore’s Top Financial Advisors

We are proud to be recognized by Expertise as one of Baltimore’s Top Financial Advisors!  That’s no secret to our clients who have trusted in our fiduciary based services for 20 years.  As we celebrate 20 years in business, we are extremely grateful for the trust our clients have placed in us over the years. …

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