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Aug 30

Retirement Plans Can Make Loans, Hardship Distributions to Louisiana Flood Victims

WASHINGTON —The Internal Revenue Service today announced that 401(k)s and similar employer-sponsored retirement plans can make loans and hardship distributions to Louisiana flood victims and members of their families. Participants in 401(k) plans, employees of public schools and tax-exempt organizations with 403(b) tax-sheltered annuities, as well as state and local... read more →
Jun 29

New Law to Affect Refunds in 2017

The IRS has announced initial plans for processing tax returns involving the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) during the opening weeks of the 2017 filing season. The IRS is sharing the information now to help the tax community prepare for the 2017 season, and... read more →
Jun 16

IRS Warns of New Scam— the Federal Student Tax

Cross References - IR-2016-81, May 27, 2016 The Internal Revenue Service has issued a warning to taxpayers about bogus phone calls from IRS impersonators demanding payment for a non-existent tax, the "federal student tax." Even though the tax deadline has come and gone, scammers continue to use varied strat- egies... read more →
Apr 26

IRS Provides Tax Relief to Houston Area

Issue Number:    IR-2016-67 WASHINGTON –– Texas storm victims, including those in the Houston area,  will have until Sept. 1, 2016 to file their returns and pay any taxes due, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. All workers assisting the relief activities who are affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization... read more →
Feb 25

Return Preparer Fraud Is on the IRS Annual “Dirty Dozen” List

  Return Preparer Fraud Is on the IRS Annual “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams to Avoid During the 2016 Filing Season This message was distributed automatically from the mailing list IRS Newswire. WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to be on the lookout for unscrupulous return... read more →
Jan 27

Stay Alert for Scam Phone Calls

The IRS continues to warn consumers to guard against scam phone calls from thieves intent on stealing their money or their identity. Criminals pose as the IRS to trick victims out of their money or personal information. To read full article with IRS tips to help you avoid being a... read more →
Dec 09

Dave Ramsey Endorsed Local Provider

  Baity & Assoc. is proud to announce Debra Baity's endorsement from financial radio host Dave Ramsey as part of his Endorsed Local Provider program. For more information on the distinction and access to Endorsed Local Providers click below! Click Here to Learn More
Nov 13

Practical Ways to Shelter Your Income from Taxes

Despite all the publicity to the   contrary, tax shelters are alive and well. Here are some of the best ways to shelter your income from Uncle Sam. Real Estate Shelters If your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) is $100,000 or less, you can deduct up to $25,000 in losses for rental... read more →
Oct 16

Vacation Home and Travel Tax Breaks

A vacation home can provide you and your family with lots of good times. If you own a vacation home it could also provide you with many tax benefits to make your ownership less costly and more enjoyable. Here are some surprising tax advantages to home ownership you should not... read more →
Aug 26

The Best Tax Shelter is Still Owning Your Own Business

Owning your own business means   that you make all the major de-cisions,  including  the  ones  that  can have a real impact on your taxes.One of the earliest and most  impor-tant decisions you’ll make is to choose the  legal  form your business should adopt. The most common forms are a  sole proprietorship,  a partnership, or  a  corporation.  Each  has  different tax  consequences  and  making  the right choice can have a verry positive effect on your tax picture. Sole Proprietorships A sole proprietor is an unincorporat-ed business that has only one owner. It is a simple legal entity in which you are your own master.A sole proprietorship has three major tax advantages:You can deduct any losses you incur from  your  business  start  up  costs on your personal income tax return. These start up costs can be used to reduce  your  taxable  income  from other sources.You avoid double taxation. Income generated from a regular corporation is taxed twice. First, your busi-ness pays a  corporate  income  tax on its profits. And then, as a share-holder,  you  pay  personal  income taxes on any dividends you receive from the corporation. On the other hand,  income  from  a  sole  propri-etorship is taxed only once - as in-come on your personal income tax return.Your overall tax burden may be less depending  upon  the  tax  bracket you are in. Partnerships A partnership is similar to a sole pro-prietorship ... read more →
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