David Lerner Associates: Don't Overlook These Tax Deductions and Credits
Tax time is right around the corner. Now is the time to start getting all your tax materials and paperwork in order so you won't be scrambling the week before April 15.
David Lerner Associates: Tax Law Patches the AMT Permanently
The payroll tax holiday that was in effect for 2011 and 2012 was not extended for 2013 and as a result, most workers' take-home pay is now lower than it was at the end of 2012.
Dealing with Financial Stress
Managing stress levels is important, especially when it comes to your finances.
David Lerner Associates : Will Your Taxes Go Up In the New Year?
As things stand now many Americans are facing a tax increase beginning in 2013. This pending tax increase has been referred to as "the 2013 fiscal cliff" and "Taxmageddon" by some pundits, who are concerned that it could threaten the fragile economic recovery.
David Lerner Associates: Inheriting a Retirement Account
Inheriting a retirement account can feel like winning the lottery. That's the good news. The bad news is that not following the hard-and-fast rules governing inherited retirement accounts can result in much of that windfall going to the taxman.
David Lerner Associates: How to Give Money to Family Members Without Incurring Taxes
Many people aren't aware that gifts to family members could be subject to federal gift taxes. The American Taxpayer Relief Act (the legislation passed on January 1, 2013, that averted the so-called fiscal cliff) raised the top estate and gift tax rate from 35 to 40 percent.
David Lerner Associates: Beware the Tax Identity Theft Scam
As we enter the height of tax-filing season ther have been complaints about another kind of identity theft scam: tax identity theft. Here thieves try to steal your personal information in order to submit fraudulent tax refund claims with your information on them to the IRS
David Lerner Associates News: Seniors, Do You Have to File a 2013 Tax Return?
Depending on the amount of their gross income, their filing status and their age, some seniors might not have to file a federal income tax return this year.
David Lerner Associates: Charitable Deduction
The charitable deduction allows you to take off the value of property you offer to charity from your property and might minimize any federal gift and estate tax that might be owed. Charitable gifting allows you to satisfy your personal philanthropic desires and satisfy your estate planning objectives.
David Lerner Associates News: What Should You Do With Your Tax Refund?
Many people view their tax refund as free money. A tax refund is your money that you essentially loaned to the government by having more tax withheld from your paycheck than was necessary.
David Lerner Associates News: Complaints at Tax Time
About this time of year is when complaints about paying taxes often grow the loudest. One reason why is because many people are starting to gather all of their tax paperwork in preparation for the April 15 tax filing deadline.
David Lerner Associates: Taking Care of Your Aging Parents (Part 3)
The last article in our 3 part series, focuses on the financial aspects of caring for aging parents.
David Lerner Associates: College Savings Plans: 529
Section 529 college savings plans are tax-advantaged college savings vehicles and one of the most popular ways to save for college today.
David Lerner Associates: Financial Considerations for Family Caregivers
Caring for your aging parents is not only an emotional burden it may also be a financial one. It will depend on how well off your parents are and how much caring for them costs.
David Lerner Associates: Just How Much Yearly Revenue Can Your Retirement Portfolio Provide?
Prolonging your savings may call for attention to tax issues. For example, how will higher withdrawal rates affect your tax bracket? And does your withdrawal rate take into account whether you will owe taxes on that money?
David Lerner Associates: Tax Scams
The IRS recently released its annual list of tax scams. The list reminds tax payers to use caution and avoid becoming victims of fraudulent tax schemes.
David Lerner Associates: Education Tax Credits
Summer is most often thought of as a time for fun and relaxation. If your child is one of the 21 million heading to college in the fall it's also likely to be a time for financial planning. There is one aspect that could lighten the load - education tax credits.
David Lerner Associates:Worker Classification and Taxes
As an employer, whether you are a small business or a Fortune 100 company, the status of a worker can prove to be a thorny question when it comes to taxes.
David Lerner Associates: Clinton Proposes Tax Relief for Family Caregivers
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton recently proposed a set of initiatives aimed at caregiving families and workers, including a tax credit to offset up to $6000 in costs associated with caring for elderly and disabled family members and an expansion of Social Security benefits to individuals acting as unpaid caregivers for loved ones.
David Lerner Associates: Tax Changes for 2016
Every year we're faced with new federal tax codes, and 2016 is no different. This year's changes could mean penalties if you don't have health insurance, or they could bring you welcomed savings if you happen to own a small business.
David Lerner Associates: Five Common Financial Mistakes
Your current financial situation is a combination of every decision relating to money you've made in the past. If you're like most people, you have had very little or no coaching, so you're just learning as you go.
David Lerner Associates: IRS Data Theft and the Need to Protect your Personal Information
The U.S. Treasury has released a revised and far scarier picture of the cyber-attack suffered by the IRS last year. Initially, it was thought that just over 100,000 people were affected by the incident, but now they're saying it was over 700,000. That raises the issue of online security and the need to protect your information, as well as staying alert to tax scams as we head into another tax season.
David Lerner Associates: Financial March Madness
March is a great time to take stock of your financial situation and get your fiscal affairs in order. March 15th marks the due date for corporate tax returns, and it also marks exactly one month before personal tax returns are due. By now you should have all your 1099s, W2s, and tax documents collected and ready to go.
David Lerner Associates: What to Do With Your Tax Refund
Forty eight million Americans have already received a tax refund from the federal government this year. As tax time approaches, millions more are thinking about what to do with this windfall when it arrives. The latest Bankrate Money Pulse survey shows that there have been some significant changes in what Americans are planning to do with this money this year.
David Lerner Associates: Tax Plans and Political Candidates
The political race is heating up as the candidates vie for their party's nomination, and as we head into another tax season, it might be interesting to analyze the various tax proposals that each candidate has on their books. A study by The Tax Policy Center has revealed some key points after looking closely at tax proposals for the candidates.
David Lerner Associates: The Panama Tax Evasion Scandal
Financial news has been abuzz this past week with the revelation of leaked documents, dubbed "The Panama Papers" detailing a network of banks and law firms that help many of the world's most powerful people hide money in offshore accounts, according to a coalition of investigative reporters.
David Lerner Associates: Who Can Benefit From College Savings Plans?
There are many types of people who can benefit from college savings plans especially parents and grandparents of young children, casual investors, or anyone wanting to transfer wealth to another family member as part of an estate plan.
David Lerner Associates: Estate Planning Essentials
An effective and smart estate plan is necessary if you want to make sure your assets are inherited by the intended parties, no matter the size of your estate. If done right, your plan can limit the taxes owed by the beneficiary. Here are some helpful tips.
American Teen Views on Student Loans and College Education
The student loan debt level in America has skyrocketed over the last decade. Before a family commits to the burden of a student loan, perhaps they should talk to their kids - a recent survey of American teens revealed that only 11% plan to take out a student loan.
Estate Planning Basics
Do you have an estate plan? A basic estate plan is an important financial document for everyone to have, whether you think you need one or not, and here's why - With few exceptions, everyone has an estate, even the young child with a bank account in his name that his grandparents set up, or the coming-of-age girl who received a gold necklace for her 16th birthday.
Avoid These Retirement Planning Mistakes
Retirement looks different for everyone. Whether you want to finally climb that mountain you've been thinking about for years or spend the rest of your days in the warm tropical climes of a faraway beach paradise, someone is going to have to pay for it.
Taxes and the New President
Now that the election is over, some think that 2017 could be one of the most influential tax reform years in history.
Taxes and Long Term Care
Long term care expenses can wipe out a person's savings and investments. That's why it is important to consider long term care insurance.
A Guide to Estate Planning
Do you have an estate plan? A basic estate plan is an important financial document for everyone to have, whether you think you need one or not, and here's why.
Top Scams of 2016 - Continue in 2017
Tax scams are still at the top of the list for the past two years, despite a police raid in India in September, which resulted in a huge drop in reported incidents.
Why Write a Business Plan
Writing a business plan doesn't have to take months, compiling pages and pages of text. You can create a plan in under a month, working at your own pace. Use a presentation format like PowerPoint or Keynote to save time, and make it easier to share.
If you want to make sure your assets are inherited by the intended parties, no matter the size of your estate, you'll need an estate plan. If done right, your plan can also limit the taxes owed by the beneficiary.