Posts Tagged "income taxes"

Avoid penalties for underpayment

Posted on Oct 22, 2013

Check the total taxes you’ve already paid in for 2013 through withholding and/or quarterly estimated payments. If you’ve underpaid, consider adjusting your withholding for the final months of 2013 or increasing your remaining quarterly estimate. If you employ household workers, be sure your calculations include the payroll taxes you’ll owe for them. Gilliland & Associates, PC is a full-service CPA firm specializing in tax planning for individuals and businesses in the Northern Virginia area. We are based in Falls Church, VA and also service clients in the McLean and Tysons Corner, VA. Gilliland & Associates specializes known for our superior knowledge and aggressive interpretation and application of tax laws, we help you keep more of your earnings by finding you the lowest possible tax on your business or personal tax return. You can connect with us on Google+ , LinkedIn , Facebook,...

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It’s year-end tax planning time

Posted on Oct 17, 2013

Take some time to review your tax situation for 2013 while there are still a few months to make tax-cutting adjustments. Higher-income taxpayers face tax increases this year, which means that an investment in a year-end tax review could make a significant difference in your final tax bill. Don’t forget to download our tax guide here. Gilliland & Associates, PC is a full-service CPA firm specializing in tax planning for individuals and businesses in the Northern Virginia area. We are based in Falls Church, VA and also service clients in the McLean and Tysons Corner, VA. Gilliland & Associates specializes known for our superior knowledge and aggressive interpretation and application of tax laws, we help you keep more of your earnings by finding you the lowest possible tax on your business or personal tax return. You can connect with us on Google+ , LinkedIn , Facebook,...

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Back to school calls for an education review

Posted on Sep 24, 2013

As schools get back in session, it’s a good time to check the education tax breaks for which you might qualify. First, there’s the “American Opportunity Tax Credit” for a percentage of qualified expenses paid during the first four years of higher education. Second, the “Lifetime Learning Credit” allows a deduction for a percentage of qualified expenses paid for any year the American Opportunity Credit isn’t claimed, and it even applies to job-related classes. Third, you may quality for a deduction for interest paid on student loans. Fourth, education savings accounts allow annual nondeductible contributions for children under 18, with tax-free withdrawals for qualifying education expenses. Gilliland & Associates, PC is a full-service CPA firm specializing in tax planning for individuals and businesses in the Northern Virginia area. We are based in Falls Church, VA and also service clients in the McLean and Tysons Corner, VA. Gilliland & Associates specializes known for our superior knowledge and aggressive interpretation and application of tax laws, we help you keep more of your earnings by finding you the lowest possible tax on your business or personal tax return. You can connect with us on Google+ <https://plus.google.com/108764776146415485651/posts> , LinkedIn <http://www.linkedin.com/in/gillilandcpa> , Facebook <https://www.facebook.com/gillilandcpa> , and Twitter...

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Factor new limits on deductions into your tax planning

Posted on Sep 17, 2013

As you begin your year-end tax planning review, keep in mind the return of the limitation on itemized deductions and personal exemptions for higher-income taxpayers. When you’re married filing jointly and your adjusted gross income is more than $300,000, the amount you can claim for these two items is reduced. The threshold is $250,000 if you file as a single. Gilliland & Associates, PC is a full-service CPA firm specializing in tax planning for individuals and businesses in the Northern Virginia area. We are based in Falls Church, VA and also service clients in the McLean and Tysons Corner, VA. Gilliland & Associates specializes known for our superior knowledge and aggressive interpretation and application of tax laws, we help you keep more of your earnings by finding you the lowest possible tax on your business or personal tax return. You can connect with us on Google+ , LinkedIn , Facebook, and Twitter....

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Unemployment benefits: Are they taxable?

Posted on May 13, 2011

Unemployment compensation can provide a welcome buffer while you’re transitioning to a new job. But with the help comes a tax effect, because the benefits provided under federal or state laws are usually includable in your income in the year you receive them. As a result, depending on the amount of unemployment benefits you expect to receive, you may want to complete Form W-4V, Voluntary Withholding Request, to have federal income tax withheld from your benefits. The withholding rate is generally 10%. You can also ask the unemployment office to withhold state income tax. Alternatively, you can adjust or begin making quarterly estimated tax payments. The amount of unemployment compensation you report on your income tax return is also affected by benefits you have to repay. If you receive and repay benefits in the same year, you can subtract the repayment from the total you received. However, if you make repayments in a year following the receipt of the benefits, the tax treatment depends on how much you repay, and can be claimed either as an itemized deduction or a credit against your current-year tax. Please contact us if your employment situation changes. We can help with tax and benefit related issues such as severance pay, retirement account rollovers, and deductions related to job...

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