As you know, we spend a lot of time in this e-newsletter talking about tax return filing responsibilities. But not everyone is required to file. If a person's income falls below prescribed levels, he or she may not have to bother. However, as we'll explain, it may be a good idea to file even if it's not required.
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The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 allows states to set up ABLE account programs, which are similar to state-run Section 529 college savings programs. That is, you can establish a tax-favored ABLE account to cover qualified disability expenses of a family member or loved one who's named as the designated account beneficiary. Here's how you can take advantage of this tax-advantaged opportunity.
The CARES Act granted several valuable federal tax breaks for individuals and businesses. But most will expire at the end of 2020 or at the end of tax years that begin in 2020. Here's a roundup of tax breaks scheduled to go off the books soon, unless Congress extends them.
The FBI has warned of a staggering increase in ransomware attacks against businesses since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's what business owners and managers should know about these attacks to help prevent them — and manage an attack if preventive measures fall short.
The Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) made substantial tax subsidies available to eligible employers, so they can provide paid sick leave and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave for certain employees impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today's college students often leave school with an overwhelming amount of debt. In some cases, student loans are discharged (also known as being cancelled or forgiven). In other cases, these loans are paid off by an employer. Both actions have tax consequences for the student loan borrowers. We'll explain the tax implications, but first, let's cover some necessary background information.
Over the years, Congress has established some nice tax breaks for transportation-related employee fringe benefits to encourage taxpayers to be more ecology-minded when commuting to work.
There's been bipartisan activity in Congress to expand the existing scope of protection from adverse employment actions against pregnant workers. That protection is embodied in the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) — a law that has been on the books since 1978. While it's unclear today whether the proposed "Pregnant Workers Fairness Act" (HR 2694) will become law this year, knowing where its supporters are coming from could help you today to stay ahead of the curve and avoid potential legal trouble under current law.
Tis almost the season for charitable giving. Besides helping a worthy cause, your donations may qualify for a festive write-off on your 2020 tax return if you qualify. Here are five ways to boost your deduction for charitable contributions if you itemize.
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Several significant federal tax breaks are set to expire at the end of 2020, unless Congress renews them. Lawmakers customarily extend these so-called "extender" provisions for another year or two, sometimes retroactively. However, in this tumultuous time, nothing is certain.