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5 IRS Audit Mistakes to Avoid

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5 IRS Audit Mistakes to Avoid
The IRS audits about one million taxpayers each year. While the agency is understaffed, that doesn’t mean you’ll slip through the cracks. IRS software automates the selection process now by flagging returns that show abnormalities: Perhaps the return deviates from what’s normally filed, or it’s been linked to a family member, investor, or business partner who is being audited. Also, the more money you make, the more likely you are to be audited.

Surprising Taxes On Alernative Investments

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Surprising Taxes On Alernative Investments
As your net worth grows, your financial advisor may suggest diversifying your portfolio with alternative investments. These assets can include gold and real estate. Cryptocurrencies are another emerging investment area. The amount you invest and how you invest in these alternative areas, however, can affect your taxes in surprising ways.

Passing Down Your Family Business

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Passing Down Your Family Business
If it’s the latter, emotions can further complicate matters. Family business owners are often caught without a safety net when the sons or daughters they always envisioned running the business one day are either unwilling or unable to do so.

Retiring and Your Taxes

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Retiring and Your Taxes
If you’re planning on retiring soon, congratulations! Enjoy and celebrate, but also take some time to understand how retiring right now will influence your future tax returns.

Retiring & Your Taxes

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Retiring & Your Taxes

While taxes, in general, are a constant, tax codes are ever changing. Each year presents a different set of tax implications when it comes to retirement. If you're planning on retiring soon, congratulations! Enjoy and celebrate, but also take some time to understand how retiring right now will influence your future tax returns. 

Real Estate Investments and Your Taxes

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Real Estate Investments and Your Taxes

Do you invest in commercial real estate? You don't need to be a mogul to do it, and certain tax advantage can make it worthwhile. Some recent tax changes should be noted, however, even for those who aren't new to investing in commercial real estate as part of their portfolio. 

How Hobbies Get Taxed

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How Hobbies Get Taxed

Hobbies are a great distraction from the hustle and bustle of work. If you're retired, they can be equally fulfilling. Over time, some of us become so good at our hobbies that they start providing income for us. How many gardeners, crafters, bakers, woodworkers, photographers, and other hobbyists do you know who have found an extra source of income doing what they love? Are you among them?

Don't Overlook The R&D Tax Deduction

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Don't Overlook The R&D Tax Deduction
Maybe you’ve been challenged to build stronger, lighter, faster, or more environmentally friendly, energy efficient, or automation-enabled. Perhaps the architectural design of the home is unique and requires outside-the-box building techniques or materials. Or maybe you’re building near an Interstate and have a new idea for sound-proofing.

The Skinny On Offshore Accounts

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The Skinny On Offshore Accounts

You've likely heard the term "offshore accounts" - perhaps holding your money in one has been recommended to you before. The name may conjure images of the Swiss Alps or a sandy Caribbean beach since Switzerland and the Cayman Island are two popular hubs for the financial vehicles. But what is an offshore account? Are they legal? And would it be a practical tool for an average person?

Make These Tax Moves NOW

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Make These Tax Moves NOW

Happy New Year! You may have overlooked some last-minute tax savings while you were celebrating the holidays. But don’t worry, there are still some key tax moves you can make now to save on last year’s taxes. The following are top areas that can help you save on both personal and business taxes:

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