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Recent court decisions and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Chief Counsel Memorandum (CCM) reinforce the need to keep accurate records and adequately disclose all charitable contributions as well as gifts made to others.

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2018 inflation-adjusted figures for contributions to HSAs have been released by the IRS.

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Inheriting an IRA means different things to different people. Everyone shares in the grief of a departed loved one, but the options available to those beneficiaries are very different. Spousal beneficiaries have options to treat the IRA as their own or can keep the account in the original owner's name. Non-spousal beneficiaries must keep the account in the original owner's name and are subject to different distribution rules that depend on the age of the original owner.

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Many years ago you started to put some money aside to provide a comfortable retirement. Maybe it was a pension plan, possibly a 401K plan or even an IRA. Do you have more than one of these accounts because of job or investment advisor changes? Have you gotten married since you opened your account? Have you had children, got divorced, had grandchildren or had a death in the family? Chances are one or more of these life events will apply to you. When you set your retirement account up you made a beneficiary election. Do you remember who you selected...or have a copy of the election you made? Your retirement account is just that, for retirement. However, in most cases these funds are never totally exhausted before the account owner dies so your beneficiary election is vital to proper retirement planning. Your beneficiary election will determine who inherits your retirement account, but more importantly, how and when it will be taxed to them.

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Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in a narrow vote of 217 to 213 after the bill had been amended from its previous version proposed a few weeks earlier. The AHCA is new proposed legislation that will repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which is currently the law of the land. While this is only the first step of the new legislation, here are a few of the highlights of the bill.

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Yesterday, the White House released President Donald Trump's tax reform plan to the public. The proposal aims to drastically cut corporate taxes as well as provide tax relief for individuals, with middle-income families as the primary target. The goal of the tax reform is to create economic growth, and American jobs, and to lower the business tax rate to one of the lowest in the world. The proposed tax reform plan is being touted as one of the biggest individual and business tax cuts in American history.

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Now that the initial April 18 personal income tax deadline has passed, the Internal Revenue Service has released six major changes to collection policies. Taxpayers that have outstanding balances due to the IRS can expect to be impacted in more ways than the traditional paper notices that arrive by mail every few weeks. The changes are designed to be motivation for delinquent taxpayers to settle all tax debts sooner rather than later.

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If you do not participate in your employer's retirement plan, you have up until April 18, 2017 to make a traditional IRA contribution which would be fully deductible on your 2016 income tax return.

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The IRS has proposed several rule changes that could bode well for taxpayers. The biggest proposed change would affect the earned income tax credit that has been in effect since 1994.With the proposed changes both taxpayers are eligible to claim the earned income tax credit; one can claim the full portion of the credit and the other can claim the reduced credit for childless taxpayers if certain requirements are met.

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There have been a lot of questions lately surrounding the 1095 reporting requirements for the 2016 reporting period. Read more to review some bullet points from frequently asked questions.

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