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  • Summer Is the Time to Fix Your Income Tax Problem!
    by TaxDoctor on July 10, 2024 at 1:52 pm

    It’s July. In a few short months people will be filing their 2024 tax returns with that familiar recurring moan and groan about paying too much. Now is the time to take your preventative medicine and avoid the pain next time around! Being human, we all form habits. Some good. Most bad. We try to develop good ones to replace the bad ones and often we are successful, but most successes don’t come without a coach, cheerleader or some kind of support. Tax time is usually a time of regret over not being successful at last year’s promise to oneself, “I’m not going to pay this much again. I`m going to keep better records and search out a tax planner or some professional

  • You Control What You Pay in Tax, it Doesn’t “Happen to You”
    by TaxDoctor on July 3, 2024 at 4:18 pm

    If you pay attention and plan your tax outcomes proactively, there are many things you can do to reduce your tax bill. But the planning and the resulting activities that you need to engage in to achieve those outcomes are all year-round actions you must take, not just things to do the week before you file. Start by opening your calendar and marking a day each month to spend an hour on your taxes. That’s 12 hours a year. If when you file your taxes those year-round activities saved you $1500, then you were “paid” $125.00 an hour, which is worthwhile! If you saved $10,000.00 in taxes, that would be $833 per hour. Sign me up for that job! Start

  • The Tax Planning Void That Costs America a Lot!
    by TaxDoctor on June 26, 2024 at 2:53 pm

    Many people who do not deal in the tax preparation or planning business think of taxes as something to deal with one day per year. Like Christmas, only not as good. So perhaps more like “Grinch Day.” Nevertheless, it doesn’t get a lot of attention after April. It drifts into the “Thank goodness that’s over!” mental space and goes away until the new year. It’s different for self-employed small business owners, as tax related issues are dealt with more often, but it’s still mechanical in nature. “I’ve got to go deposit payroll taxes today” or “I need to send in my 941 quarterly payment this week.” But still, their thoughts are not focused on proactive activities, but more so on responsibilities on

  • Understanding Tax Credits
    by TaxDoctor on June 19, 2024 at 4:23 pm

    When planning ahead, or just engaging in their day to day operations, most business owners at least occasionally think about tax deductions. A business dinner that can be partially deductible, or a new machine that can be depreciated. However, they often don’t think about or plan how to acquire other tax credits, which can often be much more valuable. Tax credits are often transitory, with the benefits increased or reduced from year to year, or sometimes eliminated altogether, only to be brought back again several years later. Over the last few decades we have seen some popular credits renewed or in some cases even made a permanent part of the tax code. Small business owners seem to often not be

  • Logical Tax Planning
    by TaxDoctor on June 12, 2024 at 12:49 pm

    It’s hard to be logical all the time about everything. The most financially successful tax clients we serve at least attempt to force themselves to be logical, for their own benefit. For instance, our parents, as well as a subset of the economy including some popular radio show based advisors like Dave Ramsey, say you should pay off your home and have a “free and clear” deed as a goal (they are wrong in most cases by the way). That kind of thinking is emotional thinking, mixed perhaps with some presumptive attitude about what the general populous is capable of. “Well, we know we can’t get people to do what would really be best for them based on pure math and