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State and local tax deduction caps coming

Since 1913, people have been able to deduct state and local taxes, known as SALT, on their federal income tax returns. In essence, this means that the federal government through this reduction in taxes owed indirectly subsidizes state and local tax revenues. This has been an accepted part of our federal tax code for decades, but in 2018, it will be significantly capped. 

Innocent spouse relief revisited

I regularly represent people in the Irvine, Mission Viejo and Laguna Niguel areas of California who are liable for federal taxes because their spouses mistakenly or intentionally entered inaccurate information on joint returns — or failed to report information that should have been entered — that left my clients surprised to be holding the bag for the tax bill through no fault of their own. The IRS allows tax relief to the “innocent spouse” in some of these circumstances. 

Protect deductions: Keep these documents for charitable donations

Charitable donations can provide a method to lower one’s tax obligations while also bettering the community. It is wise for those who reap these rewards to keep records of the donation to support the deduction in the event of an audit.

What crime will the IRS charge me with?

One of the scariest things in life is to get a threatening letter from the Internal Revenue Service. The federal government knows that the more vague and secretive it is in its letter to you, the more likely you are to be frightened.

Make these year-end tax moves to minimize liability in 2018

As this year winds to a close, many of us are focused on such issues as what to make for Thanksgiving, and which presents to buy for Christmas. There are also important financial issues that, while they might not necessarily be first in our minds, need attention as well. Among these are making decisions about medical and life insurance, and health savings accounts for next year. There are also last-minute tax issues to consider that could have a huge impact on 2018’s tax bill.