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Tax Time: What You Need to Know



Every year the tax codes change and last year was no different. The real questions, as we close in on April 15th, are: What are the significant changes that will have an effect on how I prepare my returns for 2012; and, what planning should I be doing now for the current calendar year.
The biggest news, which we’re hoping our clients have heard about at this point, is the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act at the beginning of this year. In addition to changing how the Alternative Minimum Tax is calculated on 2012 taxes, it retained the status quo for a number of temporary tax breaks, extending some retroactively and others into the 2013 tax year. Marginal tax brackets also rose a bit, so even if you made a couple thousand dollars more last year, you’ll probably owe the same percentage as you did last year.

Deductions for 2012
The standard deduction for those who don’t itemize rose by $150 for single filers and $300 for joint filers — to $5,950 if you’re filing solo and $11,900 if you’re filing with your spouse. And the amount you get to deduct for both you and your dependents […]

Here is a list of 10 deductions individual taxpayers may overlook


Now that all the 2011 tax deadlines have passed, it is a perfect time to start planning for the next tax season.
Here is a list of 10 deductions individual taxpayers may overlook provided by Bankrate.com:
  1. Additional charitable gifts – everyone knows the donation itself is a deduction, but did you know certain expenses are deductible as well?  For example, you could be reimbursed charitable miles at $0.14 per mile, the cost of any supplies bought for the group, and if a uniform is required, you could deduct the cost of that uniform and its cleaning bills.
  2. Moving expenses – there are many moving expenses you can deduct when you relocate.  For example, even your first relocation after college to start a new job is deductible.
  3. Job hunting costs – costs related to searching for a new job in your current profession can be […]

Local Culinary Program Worth Our Weight Continues to Fulfill Dreams

A letter from the CA-FTB: Form 1099-MISC – is it enough?

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By |October 10th, 2012|1099, CA tax, CPA, federal, income tax, irs, Linkenheimer, payments, tax, withhold|1 Comment

2012 Year-End Tax Planning Takes a Different Direction

Each year we meet with our clients to review their projected taxes for the year and see what actions can be taken to minimize their tax liability.  The usual actions are to defer income to the following year, accelerate deductions into the current year, and take advantage of tax credits. This year, the year-end tax planning process is turning in a different direction.  
With the looming expiration of many tax deductions and increase in tax rates that begin in 2013, some clients are considering taking a reverse course by accelerating income and deferring deductions as a plan to minimize taxes. In addition to changes in the income tax code, unless Congress passes new legislation, the estate taxes are dramatically changing in 2013. Until December 31, 2012 each person can make gifts during their lifetime of up to $5,120,000 without incurring a gift tax. Starting in 2013, unless new legislation is passed, the lifetime exemption drops back to $1,000,000. This exemption is in addition to the annual exemption on gifts of $13,000 or less.  
As year-end is quickly approaching, now is the time to review […]

Small Business and the IRS’ New 401(k) Rules Regarding Fees

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By |September 27th, 2012|401k, business, CPA, disclosure, irs, Linkenheimer, marketing fees, statements|0 Comments

CA sales tax will be added to online purchases (Amazon, etc) starting 9-15

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By |September 26th, 2012|amazon, ca, CPA, Linkenheimer, sales tax, Santa Rosa|0 Comments

Planning for the Medicare 3.8% Tax- Net Investment Income, Deductions and More



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A Parents Best Intentions

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Fraud Letter for Businesses

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The addage “desperate times call for desperate measures” applies to many businesses, large and small, during these difficult economic times. These measures can be in the form of reduced hours, layoffs, and business closures. There is another aspect of ‘desperate measures’ that is worthy of discussion: fraud by trusted employees.
We would like to offer some simple, yet effective ways to establish some accounting or internal controls.
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By |September 5th, 2012|Advisor, CPA, fraud, Linkenheimer, Santa Rosa, trusted employees|0 Comments