If you borrow money will the interest you pay be deductible for income tax purposes? The answer to that question can be complicated, and unfortunately, not all the interest an individual pays is tax-deductible. The rules for deducting interest vary, and essentially depend on what the loan proceeds are used for: personal items, investment, home mortgage, business activities or higher-education. Interest expense can fall into any of the following categories covered in today’s Blog.Continue reading →
Bunching is an effective tax strategy to keep in mind as the end of the year approaches. If your itemized deductions typically are roughly equal to the standard deduction amount, you may be a good candidate for using the bunching strategy.Continue reading →
The holiday season is customarily a time of giving gifts, whether to your favorite charity, family members or others. Some gifts even provide a variety of tax benefits.
But be wary; during the holiday season, you may receive phone calls, emails, snail mail, or appeals on social networking sites for donations for various causes. However, some of these appeals may come from fraudsters and not legitimate charities. Unfortunately, this happens every holiday season.
So, before writing a check or giving your credit card number to a charity that you aren’t familiar with, check them out so you can be assured that your donation will end up in the right hands. Follow these tips to make sure that your charitable contributions will actually go to the cause you are supporting:Continue reading →