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...

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...