Is My Inheritance Taxable?

Are you asking yourself: is my inheritance taxable? This is a frequently misunderstood taxation issue, and the answer can be complicated. When someone passes away, all of their assets (their estate) will be subject to estate taxation, and whatever is left after paying the estate tax passes to the decedent’s beneficiaries.

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How to Obtain an Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) in 2021

The IP PIN serves as the key to an individual’s tax account. Electronically filed returns that do not contain the correct IP PIN will be rejected, and paper returns will go through additional scrutiny for fraud. Effective now, anyone can request an IP PIN, it is no longer limited to victims of identity theft. Given the uptick in unemployment tax fraud, where thousands of social security numbers were compromised, now is the time to consider obtaining the IP PIN.

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Why You Should Hire a Tax Professional During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The pandemic will have lasting tax implications that many people may have not considered. For some, it can mean simply reporting income or expenses differently. For others, it may mean having to pay additional income taxes that had not been planned for. Regardless of your specific situation, this might be the year that you should hire a tax professional to help address tax complications due to COVID-19.

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The Meals and Entertainment Deductions for Tax Years 2020 and Beyond

The original regulations regarding the Meals and Entertainment deductions were part of the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Companies and self-employed individuals have been subject to these rules since then; however, there was ambiguity regarding the rules over the past few years. Fortunately, the IRS recently published the final regulations regarding the changes to the Meals and Entertainment deductions under the TCJA.

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What Can We Expect from President-Elect Biden’s Tax Plan?

AUDIO BLOG: Following the results of the Georgia runoff elections, we know that the Democrats hold the majority in Congress. As a result, there is a lot of speculation about President-Elect Biden’s tax plan and what changes we can potentially expect in the future. In this audio blog, CK Principal Karen Snodgrass addresses the speculation and how you can prepare.

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What You Need to Know About Sales Tax Nexus

To protect your business from potential sales tax assessments, you should be aware of activity that may cause sales tax nexus. Many states are sending questionnaires to companies, but completing a questionnaire without a complete understanding of sales tax nexus could open up your business to further scrutiny by the state.

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IRS Releases Inflation Adjustments for 2021

To cope with inflation, the tax code requires the IRS to adjust the tax rates, standard deductions, and a variety of other tax related numbers each year. Due to the relatively low rate of inflation from 2020 to 2021 (at least according to the calculation method prescribed by law for this purpose), several categories had no change or only a slight change. The following is a summary of the most commonly encountered inflation adjustments for 2021.

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Are You Prepared for the January 31st 1099-MISC Filing Date?

Because so many fraudulent tax returns are filed right after e-filing opens up in January, the IRS requires 1099-MISCs for NEC to be filed by January 31st and will not release refunds for individual income tax returns that include the earned income tax credit until the NEC amounts can be verified.

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How Much Do Charitable Donations Reduce Taxes in 2020?

This time of year may have you wondering, how much do charitable donations reduce taxes? And what opportunities are there this year due to tax law changes? The good news is, due to the pandemic, tax rules have been adjusted to enhance the tax benefits of charitable giving.

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