Deduct home office expenses — if you’re eligible

Today it’s becoming more common to work from home. But just because you have a home office space doesn’t mean you can deduct expenses associated with it. Eligibility requirements If you’re an employee, your use of your home office must be for your employer’s convenience, not just your own. If you’re self-employed, generally your home[ … ]

Extension means businesses can take bonus depreciation on their 2015 returns – but should they?

Bonus depreciation allows businesses to recover the costs of depreciable property more quickly by claiming additional first-year depreciation for qualified assets. The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the PATH Act) extended 50% bonus depreciation through 2017. The break had expired December 31, 2014, for most assets. So the PATH Act may give[ … ]

New Arizona Tax Credit for S Corps contributing to STOs

New Dollar-for-Dollar Arizona Tax Credit for S Corporations for Contributions to School Tuition Organizations During 2015, Arizona added a new dollar-for-dollar state tax credit opportunity for entities treated as S-Corporations. A dollar-for-dollar credit means that for every dollar paid, the S corporation shareholder receives a dollar tax credit on their Arizona income tax return. Essentially[ … ]

Avoid a 50% penalty: Take retirement plan RMDs by December 31

After you reach age 70½, you must take annual required minimum distributions (RMDs) from your IRAs (except Roth IRAs) and, generally, from your defined contribution plans (such as 401(k) plans). You also could be required to take RMDs if you inherited a retirement plan (including Roth IRAs). If you don’t comply — which usually requires[ … ]

Protect your deduction: Verify before you donate

Verify that a charity is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions before you donate Donations to qualified charities are generally fully deductible, and they may be the easiest deductible expense to time to your tax advantage. After all, you control exactly when and how much you give. But before you donate, it’s critical to make sure[ … ]