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Estimated Tax Payments – Do They Apply to You?

There are two ways to make income tax payments to the IRS throughout the year: through the withholding amount on your paycheck, and through making estimated tax payments. If you have ever wondered about estimated tax payments, this article will explain what they are, if you need to make them, and how to make them if they are required for your tax situation. Although you may never have had to worry about them before, a change in your income/situation may put you in a position of needing to make Read more [...]
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Do You Have a Bank Account in a Country Outside of the United States?

If you have a bank account in a foreign country, you may need to disclose it to a branch of the government that fights financial crimes. This is what tax professionals call FBAR reporting. FBAR stands for Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts Report. Your foreign bank accounts may also impact your tax returns. Let’s take a look at this requirement. FinCEN and FBAR The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury that collects and analyzes Read more [...]
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Learning About S Corporation Shareholder Basis

General Definition If you have ownership in an S corporation, it is important to have a general understanding of basis. This number called “basis” increases and decreases with the activity of the company. The IRS defines it as the amount of a shareholder’s investment in the business for tax purposes. When the S corporation files a tax return (Form 1120S), all shareholders receive a K-1 form to show profits, losses and deductions allocated to the shareholder. The K-1 does not state the Read more [...]
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Do You Need to File Schedules K-2 & K-3? A Look at Requirements, Exceptions/Relief, Filing Issues

Starting with the 2021 tax year, IRS forms K-2 and K-3 are new schedules that may need to be included with 1065 (Partnerships), 1120S (S Corporations), or 8865 (Certain Foreign Partnerships) filings. These are all pass-through entity filings that include Schedule K-1, which reports a partner’s or shareholder’s share of the entity’s profits, losses, deductions, and credits for the year, and the K-2/K-3 schedules are an extension of that. Specifically, these forms go into greater detail regarding Read more [...]
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What is a 529 Plan?

A 529 Plan is an investment account that offers tax benefits when used to pay for qualified education expenses.  Investments grow tax free and withdraws are tax- and penalty-free as long as they are used to pay for eligible expenses. Most states offer their own 529 plan; you don’t have to be a resident of the particular state in order to establish an account.  Many states also offer a state income tax deduction or tax credit for 529 plan contributions.  There are even a handful of states Read more [...]