Category Archive: Tax

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3 strategies that can be used to increase your charitable giving “bang for the buck”

Do you make charitable contributions? If so, read on. We may be able to help you cut the costs of charitable giving – or increase the size of your contributions without costing any more in ...

Does the IRS Call You?

Ring ring, ring ring…. have you ever been asked why aren’t you picking up your phone? Well, in my case it’s because the phone number from which I’m receiving the “call” appears to be following ...

Tax Strategies for Individuals – Part 2

View part I here. Withholding for 2018 The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted in 2017 has many changes that could affect individuals’ Federal tax liability in 2018. For example, many people who used to ...

Tax Strategies for Businesses – Part 2

View part I here. The recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has altered the tax landscape for a lot of businesses. Please consult your HM&M advisor if you would like to have a ...

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Tax Strategies for Individuals – Part 1

Considering Standard Deduction Increase Given the increased standard deduction for 2018 will you still be eligible for itemizing your deductions? If the total of your allowable itemized deductions exceeds the standard deduction you should still ...

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Tax Strategies for Businesses – Part 1

The recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has altered the tax landscape for a lot of businesses. Please consult your HM&M advisor if you would like to have a conversation about how your ...

Tax Strategy: Qualified Charitable Distributions

Almost everyone 70 ½ years of age or older must take (almost always) taxable required minimum distributions (RMDs) from traditional or inherited individual retirement accounts (IRAs). Individuals may distribute up to $100,000 tax-free from their ...

Tax Strategy: Bunching Itemized Deductions

Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, an old strategy of “bunching” itemized deductions is new again. In the past (as recently as 2017), particularly in Texas, some people regularly paid two years ...

Bitcoin! (Now That I Have Your Attention, Let’s Talk Taxes)

Today, Carrie Reese authors our HM&M blog. I was raised by a Marine and a CPA. To put it lightly, following the rules was a BIG deal growing up. Naturally, when Bitcoin (the first virtual ...

“Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code” – A Magical Mystery Tour

Last week the Trump administration and Republican Congressional leaders released the aforementioned “Unified Framework.”  After taking a tour through the magical, “giant, beautiful, massive” (according to the Exaggerator-in-Chief) tax-cutting Framework, I find that what is ...

The Tax Court Likes Hockey

Usually, the income tax deduction for meals and entertainment is equal to half the amounts spent for meals and entertainment.  There are some exceptions, one of which is where the meals are a de minimis ...

TurboTax Made Me Do It

Sometimes you should not do your own brain surgery.  Well, make that almost always.  Actually, I can’t think of an exception.  A recent Tax Court Memorandum reminds us of the perils of taking on complicated ...