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Supporting a Non-Profit: The Tax Benefits of Charitable Gift Annuities

Donating to a non-profit organization supports a cause that is meaningful to the contributor, but to those who are 70 1⁄2 or older, it also offers significant tax advantages. One such method is through Charitable Gift Annuities (CGAs). This financial tool allows donors to make substantial charitable contributions while also securing a steady income stream for themselves. If you're eligible, here's how you can leverage CGAs to save on your taxes while contributing to a non-profit you care about.

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Posted by: Myrick CPA Posted on: May 23 2024

Financial Documents: What to Keep and What to Throw Away?

There's no denying that we're living firmly in the digital age, and the way that we handle financial documents has shifted dramatically over the last decade or so. While digital records are becoming more prevalent, it's still vital to understand which paper documents need to be retained and for how long. If you're ready to nail down the essentials of document management, here are some tips to help you responsibly declutter.

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Posted by: Myrick CPA Posted on: Apr 25 2024

Why Owing No Tax Can Actually Be Better than Getting a Refund

Tax season. It's the time of year when all eyes are on finances, while many eagerly anticipate a tax refund they see as a financial windfall. While everyone loves to have more money show up in their bank account from the IRS, refunds aren't the be-all and end-all when it comes to successful tax planning. Before you put all your eggs in the refund basket, let's explore why owing no tax can be a better, more strategic move that puts you in greater control of your finances.

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Now is the Perfect Time to Craft a Tax-Saving Strategy for Next Year

As tax season begins to wind down, you're likely breathing a sigh of relief, with your financial documents and receipts soon to be stowed away until next year. Before you tuck those files away, consider this: the very best time to craft your tax savings plan is actually right now.

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Posted by: Myrick CPA Posted on: Apr 04 2024

The Itemized Deductions Dilemma: Is This a Smart Tax Strategy for You?

It's tax time again, which often means a flurry of activity, a blizzard of paperwork, and an avalanche of mixed information. Arguably, one of the most important decisions you'll face this tax season is whether to take the standard deduction or itemize your deductions. This seemingly minor decision can have a massive impact on the complexity of your filing process but can still be the best choice in many situations. Explore the world of itemized deductions to equip yourself with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision tailored to your unique tax situation.

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Posted by: Charles P Myrick CPA Posted on: Mar 21 2024

Everything You Need to Know About Your Tax Refund

Though it’s common knowledge that taxes are one of life's few certainties, taxes can certainly feel complicated and confusing at times. For some filers, tax season is a stressful scramble for receipts, forms, and information. For others, the season brings the welcome news of a tax refund - a nice chunk of change heading back into your pocket when the process concludes for the year. Still, the path your tax refund takes from the time you file to when you actually receive your money can feel like it's shrouded in mystery. What factors affect how long it takes to arrive? And, once it does, what are some of the wisest ways to put your windfall to use?

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Posted by: Myrick CPA Posted on: Mar 07 2024

Authorized Tax Representation: Navigating an IRS Audit with Confidence

Facing an IRS audit or dealing with a complex tax issue can feel a bit like navigating an endless, highly complicated maze. While the IRS does provide resources and information, the process can be incredibly overwhelming, leaving you feeling unsure and out of your depth. In these situations, understanding your options and seeking professional support becomes crucial. This is where third-party representation comes in, offering a valuable solution to individuals and businesses facing tax challenges.

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The Early Bird Gets the...Tax Refund? How to Approach Filing Deadlines

Winter weather may still be hanging around, but for financially-minded folks, a different kind of chill is in the air – tax season is upon us! While April 15th might feel like a distant date on the horizon, it's approaching rapidly. This begs the question: early-bird filing or a last-minute scramble? There is no magical, one-size-fits-all answer; it all boils down to your unique financial situation and goals.

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What U.S. Taxpayers Should Know about 2023 IRS Inflation Adjustments

While many routines in life remain consistent, the tax code isn't one of them. Every year brings adjustments, and 2023 is no exception to that rule. Several vital changes, driven by inflation, have impacted everything from tax brackets to retirement contributions, but don’t fret - some of the changes might even be beneficial. Read through to get a clear breakdown of what's new, and the ways in which it will (or will not) affect your tax status this year. If you need expert tax advice or clarification on any of these adjustments, arrange a meeting with your CPA or other professional tax preparer.

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Recordkeeping for Tax Purposes: Avoid Disorganized or Incomplete Files

Tax season often brings with it a sense of profound dread, a towering pile of paperwork, and the nagging fear you may have overlooked essential deductions. What if this year could be different, though? If you keep well-systemized records (paper and digital) from the start of the year, you can avoid the unnecessary chaos of disorganized and incomplete files at tax time. The secret of transforming tax preparation into a manageable task? Great recordkeeping!

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