Don't assume this year's taxes and tax deductions will be similar to last year's taxes. The tax reform bill, which passed in December 2017, gutted most of the deductions and maimed many of the rest. Just like characters in . . . .
Financially savvy people know the best time to start on next year’s taxes is the beginning of this year. Your tax return is a historical document about what happened last year, so there is very little you can plan and change. Next year, however, hasn’t happened giving you control over the tax planning environment.
Waiting until April to do your taxes could cost you more than you think. Submitting your taxes early isn’t just for those expecting a big refund. Advantages of early filing include easier money management if you owe additional taxes, opportunities for greater deductions, and reducing the risk of identity theft and fraud.
The President's proposed tax revision may be interesting water-cooler talk, but you shouldn't spend much time on it. As the proposed individual income tax reforms are far from being law, there is nothing you can do to adjust your tax strategy in preparation. Still, it is fun to dissect the good and bad of the President's plan.
The benefits of giving to others are many, including health, happiness, and tax deductions. The complexities of the tax code, however, can cause unhappy surprises for those who donate without proper planning. Make sure you understand the answers to these questions before donating any property, including cars, personal items, stocks, or real estate.