Proof for the Home-Office Deduction

Proof for the Home-Office Deduction

Question. If you have an office outside your personal home—say, downtown—can you have a tax-deductible office inside your home for the same trade or business? Answer. Yes. Q. Who says that? A. The IRS. Q. Show me where they say that! In IRS Publication 587, the IRS...
Tax-Smart College Savings Strategies for Parents

Tax-Smart College Savings Strategies for Parents

College is expensive. Data for the 2019–2020 academic year indicates that the average cost of tuition, fees, room, and board was $30,500. The tax law has provisions to help you cover the costs, including Coverdell accounts, Section 529 savings plans, and Section 529...
Four Things to Know When Hiring Your Spouse

Four Things to Know When Hiring Your Spouse

If you own your own business and operate as a proprietorship or partnership (wherein your spouse is not a partner), one of the smartest tax moves you can make is hiring your spouse to work as your employee. But the tax savings may be a mirage if you don’t pay your...
The IRS Goes Easy on Taxpayers Who Owe Back Taxes

The IRS Goes Easy on Taxpayers Who Owe Back Taxes

Are you one of the over 11 million Americans who owe the IRS back taxes? The IRS temporarily suspended most collection efforts during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic through its “People First Initiative.” This initiative expired July 15, 2020. The IRS is...