COMBAT PAY

Due to the Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004 military personnel receiving combat pay can get larger tax credits in 2004. The new law counts excludable combat pay as income when figuring the Child Tax Credit. The taxpayer also has the option of including or excluding combat pay when figuring the Earned Income Tax Credit. As always, combat pay is excluded from taxable income.

OPEN AN INDIVIDUAL RETIREMENT PLAN ACCOUNT (IRA)

See http://www.dgoodmancpa.com/smallbusinessretirementplan.htm#INDPLAN for an example of what you can do to defer income until retirement. You can open your 2004 IRA as late as April 15th of 2005. You may want to consider a Roth IRA. They are not tax deductible but also are not taxable when withdrawn at retirement.

GET ORGANIZED

Clients always ask me what I need in order to do their taxes. For 90% of the population, with a little organization, your tax preparation doesn't have to be overwhelming. First, when you get those tax documents in the mail, have a folder ready to just drop it in there and forget about it until tax time. Most tax documents are required to be mailed by January 31st so you should have almost everything by the first week of February. If not, call to have them send a duplicate. Next, go through your check book, credit card statements and cash payouts for the basic deductible items. This would include your medical expenses including eye glasses, taxes paid including vehicle registrations, donations and any employer expenses that were not reimbursed. Don't forget day care expenses, student loan interest and tuition if any of those apply to you.

These are just some tax tips you should consider when thinking about your year end tax planning. If you have a specific question about your particular situation, e-mail me at dianne@dgoodmancpa.com and I will help you muddle through the tax planning issues you may have.

This article was intended to provide general information about year end tax planning. It does not contain all the rules and exceptions that may apply to your situation. If you have further questions regarding year end tax planning, I can be reached at www.dgoodmancpa.com.

Coming Soon - E-mail me at dianne@dgoodmancpa.com and tell me what you would like to know more about. It just might be my next article!

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YEAR END TAX PLANNING AND PREPARATION FOR INDIVIDUALS - Tax Tips for 2004 including new tax relief due to the Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004   
Dianne Goodman, CPA

Now is the best time to start thinking about your year end tax planning. These tax strategies can be put into effect by the end of the year and some as late as when the tax return is due. Planning now will save you money and reduce your tax liability not only with your IRS taxes but also with your state taxes. Here are tax tips that will help you accomplish your goal.

MINIMIZE YOUR CAPITAL GAINS

Review your capital gains and losses for the year including taxable investment accounts and taxable real estate sales. If you have net capital gains, you may want to sell some of your investments that have a loss to offset the gain. You should also check your 2003 tax return for any loss carry forwards to 2004.

NEW SALES TAX DEDUCTION

New in 2004 taxpayers who itemize deductions can now choose between claiming the state income tax or sales tax as a deduction. The IRS will provide optional tables for use in determining this sales tax deduction if tax payers don't keep their receipts throughout the year. Sales tax paid on motor vehicles and boats may be added to the table amount up to the general sales tax rate.

EDUCATOR'S DEDUCTION

Renewed for 2004 and 2005, eligible educators are permitted an "above-the-line" deduction up to $250 per year for non-reimbursed expenses incurred in connection with books, supplies, computer equipment and supplementary materials used in the classroom.

COMBAT PAY

Due to the Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004 military personnel receiving combat pay can get larger tax credits in 2004. The new law counts excludable combat pay as income when figuring the Child Tax Credit. The taxpayer also has the option of including or excluding combat pay when figuring the Earned Income Tax Credit. As always, combat pay is excluded from taxable income.

OPEN AN INDIVIDUAL RETIREMENT PLAN ACCOUNT (IRA)

See http://www.dgoodmancpa.com/smallbusinessretirementplan.htm#INDPLAN for an example of what you can do to defer income until retirement. You can open your 2004 IRA as late as April 15th of 2005. You may want to consider a Roth IRA. They are not tax deductible but also are not taxable when withdrawn at retirement.

GET ORGANIZED

Clients always ask me what I need in order to do their taxes. For 90% of the population, with a little organization, your tax preparation doesn't have to be overwhelming. First, when you get those tax documents in the mail, have a folder ready to just drop it in there and forget about it until tax time. Most tax documents are required to be mailed by January 31st so you should have almost everything by the first week of February. If not, call to have them send a duplicate. Next, go through your check book, credit card statements and cash payouts for the basic deductible items. This would include your medical expenses including eye glasses, taxes paid including vehicle registrations, donations and any employer expenses that were not reimbursed. Don't forget day care expenses, student loan interest and tuition if any of those apply to you.

These are just some tax tips you should consider when thinking about your year end tax planning. If you have a specific question about your particular situation, e-mail me at dianne@dgoodmancpa.com and I will help you muddle through the tax planning issues you may have.

This article was intended to provide general information about year end tax planning. It does not contain all the rules and exceptions that may apply to your situation. If you have further questions regarding year end tax planning, I can be reached at www.dgoodmancpa.com.

Coming Soon - E-mail me at dianne@dgoodmancpa.com and tell me what you would like to know more about. It just might be my next article!

About the Author

Dianne Goodman, CPA -Specializes in servicing Small Businesses and Individuals. Visit www.dgoodmancpa.com for relevant and current information on a variety of financial and tax issues focusing on small businesses and individuals or call at 1-866-531-3035.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Dianne Goodman, CPA
Comprehensive Small Business Solutions, PC
505 323-2307
1 866-531-3035 toll free
http://www.dgoodmancpa.com

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Tax Credits for Retirement Savings by Richard A. Chapo

It is a well-known fact that Americans are miserable failures when it comes to saving for retirement. Well, the government is offering tax credits to change this for some of us.Tax Credits for Retirement...

Being Careful To Choose Legal Tax Shelters by Carl LaFresnaye

There are some types of corporations that try to find loopholes in the tax laws that allow them to get out of paying such high taxes. There are some companies that look for tax shelters, which are ways...

Use Child Tax Credit for Tax Savings by Keith Hoyng

Now, here's a real tax savings to the individual taxpayer with dependents. The child tax credit is a direct federal income tax credit based on the number of dependent children in your family. This federal...

Small Business Tax Credit - Americans with Disabilities Act by Richard A. Chapo

Many small businesses complain when confronted with the expense of complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Most do not realize that there are a number of tax incentives available to offset...

A Guide To Tax Forms by Carl LaFresnaye

Looking at the Internal Revenue Service's website (www.irs.gov) can be a bewildering experience. A vast array of tax forms greets you and figuring out which ones to use can be a chore. This guide is designed...

Consumer Energy Tax Incentives by

What the Economic Stabilization Bill Means to You The recently passed Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 included, extended and/or amended many consumer tax incentives originally introduced...

When To Use A Tax Attorney by Carl LaFresnaye

While most people would not require the use of a tax attorney, those who own their own businesses or who have a multitude of assets are wise to consult a tax attorney. In addition to the accountant that...

A History of the Income Tax in the U.S. by Garry Gamber

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How Can Sales Tax Save You Money? by Steve Dolan

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What Is An Inheritance Tax And When Is It Applied? by Gray Rollins

When an individual passes, on the federal government imposes an estate tax. This estate tax only applies to estate properties that are over one million fifty thousand dollars. The federal government is...

Doing Your Taxes by Carl LaFresnaye

When an individual is younger, it is much easier to do taxes at the end of the year since there usually is not anyone to claim other than the individual him or herself, as well as the fact that not many...

Tax Accounting by Sumit Sehghal

Accounting is the recording, interpretation and reporting of financial transactions. Each and every business must keep proper record of all such transactions. There are several branches of accounting such...

Sources Of Tax Deductions by Carl LaFresnaye

Taxes are expensive! And though we don't mind paying “our fair share,” everyone is happy when they find a way to reduce their taxes. One of the simplest ways to reduce the taxes you will owe is to have...