Find loophole for home equity debt

  • April 20, 2018

The new tax law cracks down on mortgage interest deductions for home equity loans. But there’s a way you can tilt the new rules to your tax advantage.

IRS extends casualty loss safe-harbor

  • April 09, 2018

Does your home have cracks in its foundation? Depending on the cause, you may qualify for a casualty loss deduction on your 2017 return.

Keep estate tax exemption portable

  • April 06, 2018

Wealthy married couples have the extra tax advantage of exemption portability. Strategy: Ensure a proper “deceased spousal unused exemption” election. Any unused...

SharePoint: Subsite or page?

  • April 02, 2018

Although SharePoint was intended to be managed at the subsite level by administrators from operational areas of an organization, without a bit of understanding of the...

Tax News: April ’18

  • April 01, 2018

Find a tax pro ... New estate tax figure ... IRS getting a bigger budget? ... The best and worst states for tax business ... The employer mandate is still alive

Soak up summer hiring credits

  • March 30, 2018

Hire youths eligible for the “summertime” version of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit. It can be claimed for workers age 16 or 17 who reside in an empowerment zone or...

4 ways to boost depreciation

  • March 26, 2018

If qualified property is acquired and placed in service in 2018, you can benefit from enhanced “expensing” and other Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provisions relating to...

6 extenders for ’17 returns

  • March 21, 2018

The new Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA), which extended funding of the federal government, also revived around 30 tax provisions that had expired at the end of 2016....

How to create fillable forms in Word

  • March 16, 2018

While Word forms may look good, they can cause a lot of frustration if they don’t behave when someone fills them out, and even result in incorrect data. Microsoft...

IRS issues new passport rules

  • March 13, 2018

If you’ve booked a flight to a foreign country, it’s important to check that all your documents are in order. Strategy: Make sure that your federal income taxes are...

Ready to learn what’s new in Word?

  • March 07, 2018

If you get Microsoft Word from your Office 365 subscription, you may have noticed a few new items and wondered what they are. Some of these features are so new that they...

Make the tax grade on student loans

  • March 07, 2018

Did you or your child pay interest on a student loan last year? In that case, you may realize a tax benefit on your 2017 return.

Tax News: March ’18

  • March 01, 2018

What happens to your refund if the government shuts down again? ... The IRS website has changed ... SALT-free diet ... The color purple ... Another tax resurrection

Working with Tracked Changes in Word

  • February 23, 2018

Track Changes is a Word feature that allows you to see exactly what was changed in a document by using a kind of markup notation. Microsoft Certified Trainer Melissa...

Check up on medical deduction

  • February 21, 2018

Although the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act notoriously cuts back certain deductions and wipes out others, it actually liberalizes the medical expense deduction for 2017 and 2018.

Last chance for 6 deductions

  • February 20, 2018

This may be the last year you get the full tax benefit of certain tax deductions, thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.