Locum Tenens Tax Guide by Andrew Schwartz, CPA

How can you make filing your taxes as an independent contractor as easy as possible? How will tax reform affect your locum tenens career in the years to come? Our very own Andrew Schwartz has authored a locum tenens tax guide for Barton Associates and recently...

Tax & Financial Planning Calendar for February 2019

Month Income Taxes Saving and Investing FEBRUARY Get a jump on your tax prep and call by 2/28/19 to set up an appointment Organize your tax information Try to have holiday credit card balances paid off by...

IRS Operations Affected by Recent (and Future) Shutdowns

The most recent government shutdown has come to an end, but there is a very good chance another shutdown could begin in less than three weeks,  Below is information provided by the IRS about which of their services are impacted during a shutdown. Please plan ahead...

New Recorded Webinar on Maximizing Social Security

You have been paying into Social Security for all of your working life, and now it’s time to get your money back. However, the Social Security system is full of arcane rules, secrets, and claiming surprises. This webinar will help you learn the basics to help...

Clock Is Ticking For The Tesla Tax Credit

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions trading in your current automobile for a new environmentally friendly vehicle? One of the more popular “green” vehicles available for purchase has been a Tesla. The purchase of a qualifying Tesla made prior to...

Update on IRS Contingency Plan

On January 15, 2019 the government invoked the Lapsed Appropriations Contingency Plan (Tax Year 2018 Filing Season).   This is a plan that is updated annually and which outlines procedures for the IRS to follow when there is a temporary lapse in appropriations.  As...

Partial Government Shutdown Impacts IRS

Although most Americans have not felt the impact of the recent government shutdown, now closing in on three weeks in length and making it the second longest shutdown in US history, this impact may soon change as tax filing season is less than a month away.   With the...

Tax & Financial Planning Calendar for January 2019

Month Income Taxes Saving and Investing JANUARY 4th quarter 2018 estimates due 1/15/19 Expect to receive W-2s and 1099s by January 31, 2019 Review your withholdings for 2019, and, if necessary, file a new W-4 Form with your employer to adjust your withholding Prepare...

2018 & 2019 Tax Facts

• For 2018, the standard deduction for a single individual is $12,000 and for a married couple is $24,000. A person will benefit by itemizing once allowable deductions exceed the applicable standard deduction. Itemized deductions include state and local income taxes...

IRS Issues Standard Mileage Rates for 2019

From IR-2018-251, December 14, 2018 WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2019 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning...

RE: 2019

Personal financial planning is an ongoing process. The good news is that financially speaking, most of 2018 was another really good year. The stock markets once again hit an all time high before giving back all of those gains at the end of the year . Real estate...

Tesla tax credit will be limited beginning January 1, 2019

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions trading in your current automobile for a new environmentally friendly vehicle? One of the more popular “green” vehicles available for purchase has been a Tesla. The purchase of a qualifying Tesla made prior to 2019 qualified a...

A New Opportunity to Defer (and Possibly Wipe Out) Capital Gains Tax

One of the most interesting wrinkles of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed last December, was the creation of Opportunity Zones. According to the IRS, Opportunity Zones are particular distressed communities throughout the country in need of economic revitalization. ...

Checklist to Cut Your 2018 Taxes

It’s not too late to cut your 2018 tax bill.  Prior to Dec. 31st: Increase your 401(k) and 403(b) contributions if you haven’t been contributing at the maximum rate all year. This year you can put away up to $18,500 ($24,500 if 50 or older) into your...

New Rules for Small Business Energy Exemption

As of January 1, 2019, the process for claiming a small business energy exemption will be changing.  For 2019 and later years, small businesses will apply online for an exemption certificate rather than submitting Form ST-13 to their energy provider.  The certificate...

It’s Open Enrollment Season. Time to Take a Good Look at HSAs

To the best of my knowledge, contributing to a Health Savings Account (HSA) is the only investment opportunity that allows for tax-deductible contributions and tax-free withdrawals. Please note that only individuals with a qualifying high-deductible health insurance...

2018 & 2019 Tax Facts

For 2018, the standard deduction for a single individual is $12,000 and for a married couple is $24,000. A person will benefit by itemizing once allowable deductions exceed the applicable standard deduction. Itemized deductions include state and local income taxes (or...

Social Security Max Increases to $132,900 for 2019

Most years, the government bumps up the maximum Social Security taxes that you can pay.  For 2019, the maximum wage base jumps to $132,900, an increase of $4,500, or 3.5%, over the max of $128,400 that was in place for 2017. At a rate of 6.2%, the maximum Social...

IRS Announces Higher Retirement Plan Limits for 2019

Contributing to a retirement plan is one of the best tax shelters available to you during your working years.  Recently, the IRS announced that many of the retirement savings limits will increase for 2019. Employer Sponsored Plans Most working professionals have...

RSVP for our Annual S&S Dental Clients Seminar on November 2

Join us for lively topics that focus on helping you improve your financial well-being. Sessions include: The Ins & Outs of Basic Financial Planning What You Need to Know About the Recent Tax Law Changes How to Increase Your Practice’s Top Line Retirement...

2017 and 2018 Tax Facts

For 2017, the standard deduction for a single individual is $6,350 and for a married couple is $12,700. A person will benefit by itemizing once allowable deductions exceed the applicable standard deduction. Itemized deductions include state and local income taxes (or...

Chewsi™ is the New Dental Solution for Your Office

Frustrated with Dental Insurance? Meet Chewsi.  Chewsi is liberating patients and dentists from the hassles of traditional dental insurance. With Chewsi, there’s no paperwork, no claims and no restrictions – meaning you can provide dental care to patients on your...

Tax and Financial Planning Calendar for September 2018

Month Income Taxes Saving and Investing SEPTEMBER 3rd qtr estimates due 9/17/18 Corporate and Partnership tax returns on extension are due 9/17/18 SIMPLE/IRAs and Safe-Harbor 401k’s need to be set up by 10/1 Back to school – Read the monthly blog posted by...

This Thursday – Free Webinar

Sign up for our August 16th Webinar on Economic and Investment Overview: Looking Past the Headlines presented by Alex Oliver, First National Corporation What will be covered: North Korea. Trade wars. The Fed. Oil prices. With today’s sensationalized media, it can be...

Two Practical Personal Finance Lessons for College Students

by Andrew D. Schwartz CPA (Originally written for the September 2016 newsletter.) Last week, my wife and I dropped off our older child at college to start his freshman year.  He is eager to spend the next four years taking classes in a variety of interesting subjects...

Tax and Financial Planning Calendar for August 2018

Month Income Taxes Saving and Investing AUGUST Returns on extension are no longer due 8/15.  For 2017 tax returns, you have until 10/15 to file returns that have been put on extension. Work through a Tax Projection to avoid any surprises next winter, especially with...

Upcoming Financial Boot Camps

Sign up now for our FREE financial boot camps. You won’t break a sweat like those gym boot camps, but you will become financially stronger and learn how to flex your money muscles! All events are online and begin at 12 noon. For more info and to RSVP, please visit...

Trade Rhetoric Buries Strong Economic Fundamentals

By Alex Oliver, Investment Advisor, First National Corporation Volatility returned to the markets this past quarter as fears of inflation, trade wars, and privacy issues with technology companies flooded the headlines. The S&P 500 fell as much as 10%, the first...

IRS Explains Deducting Mortgage & Equity Loan Interest

From IRS NEWS – Issue IR-2018-32 The Internal Revenue Service advised taxpayers that in many cases they can continue to deduct interest paid on home equity loans. Responding to many questions received from taxpayers and tax professionals, the IRS said that despite...

This Year’s Most Interesting Tax-Season Observations

By Andrew D, Schwartz, CPA This year’s most interesting observation actually has more to do with next year’s taxes.  The tax software we use comes with a Tax Projection option, and I prepared a 2018 tax projection for many of the clients I met with during...

HSAs Make a Great Buy and Hold Proposition

Are you aware that there is an investment option available that allows for tax-deductible contributions and also for tax-free distributions? First introduced back in 2004, Health Savings Accounts offer individuals that unique winning combination. The favorable tax...

July 2018 Tax and Financial Planning Calendar

Month Income Taxes Saving and Investing JULY If you changed jobs, give one of our CPAs a call to discuss filling out new W-4 Forms Now’s the time to work through your 2018 income tax projection, especially to figure out how things look due to the recent tax law...

Planning for the Rising Cost of College

We recently held the fourth live webinar in our Financial Boot Camp series titled “Planning for the Rising Cost of College” which was recorded and is now online. Alex Oliver from First National Corporation a discussed a variety of topics. Did you know that...

2018 Tax Talking Points

by Andrew D. Schwartz, CPA Let’s start with the usual advice we dole out each year. Max out your 401k or 403b at work. The retirement savings accounts remain the best tax shelter available to working people Salary Deferral Limit increased to $18.5k for 2018...

Tax and Financial Planning Calendar for June 2018

          Income Taxes: 2nd quarter estimates due 6/15/18 Income tax returns (or extension requests) for Ex-Patriots due 6/15/18 Saving and Investing: See if you have adequate Disability Insurance and Life Insurance in...