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(Date posted: November 4, 2019)
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2019 Tax Considerations are categorized in the following sections:
- Individual Income Tax Provisions
- Trust and Estate Income Tax
- Estate, Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer Taxes
- Pension and IRA Provisions
- Business Provisions
- Sole Proprietorships, S Corporations & Partnerships Tax Changes
- Extender Provisions
- Illinois Makes Changes in 2019 Affecting Various Taxes
- Things to Consider before the End of 2019
- 2019 Tax Rate Schedule
- 2020 Tax Rate Schedule
(Date posted: December 10, 2019)
With Thanksgiving behind us, the holiday season is in full swing. At this time of year, your business may want to show its gratitude to employees and customers by giving them gifts or hosting holiday parties. It’s a good idea to understand the tax rules associated with these expenses. Are they tax deductible by your business and is the value taxable to the recipients?
(Date posted: December 3, 2019)
For tax purposes, December 31 means more than New Year’s Eve celebrations. It affects the filing status box that will be checked on your tax return for the year. When you file your return, you do so with one of five filing statuses, which depend in part on whether you’re married or unmarried on December 31.
More than one filing status may apply, and you can use the one that saves the most tax. It’s also possible that your status options could change during the year.
(Date posted: November 26, 2019)
A month after the new year begins, your business may be required to comply with rules to report amounts paid to independent contractors, vendors and others. You may have to send 1099-MISC forms to those whom you pay nonemployee compensation, as well as file copies with the IRS. This task can be time consuming and there are penalties for not complying, so it’s a good idea to begin gathering information early to help ensure smooth filing.
(Date posted: November 19, 2019)
You can reduce taxes and save for retirement by contributing to a tax-advantaged retirement plan. If your employer offers a 401(k) or Roth 401(k) plan, contributing to it is a taxwise way to build a nest egg.
If you’re not already contributing the maximum allowed, consider increasing your contribution rate between now and year end. Because of tax-deferred compounding (tax-free in the case of Roth accounts), boosting contributions sooner rather than later can have a significant impact on the size of your nest egg at retirement.