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What to do if you are selected for a correspondence audit

April 24, 2017

The IRS is now handling many routine audit reviews through form letters called correspondence audits. These letters come from the IRS and ask for clarification and justification of specific deductions on your tax return.

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IRS is now using collection agencies

April 24, 2017

The IRS is now using outside collection agencies to collect unpaid tax obligations. This new program will start slowly with only a few hundred taxpayers receiving mailings. The number will grow into the thousands later in the spring and into summer.

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Schedule your midyear tax planning session

April 24, 2017

Most people don’t include tax planning on their summertime agenda, but maybe they should. The problem with waiting until the end of the year is that you reduce the time for planning strategies to take effect.

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Do's and don'ts of amending your tax return

April 6, 2017

What happens when you discover you made a mistake on your 2016 return that you just filed? Before you decide if you should file an amended tax return, there are a few do's and don'ts you should know. First, don't panic, and second, don't ignore

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Checking your withholding could be a smart move

April 6, 2017

If you received a large tax refund or owed a large balance on your 2016 income tax return, it may be time for you to check your withholdings.

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March 2017 Market Insight

April 4, 2017

It was an interesting month in financial markets as U.S. stocks and bonds were largely flat, while international stocks (MSCI EAFE) surged 2.75%. This surge of international stocks has been very short-lived so far, but the surge is worth noting

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Health Savings Accounts: Now or Later


Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are a great savings tool for those with High-Deductible Health Insurance Plans (HDHP)*. HSAs allow people to build up tax-free savings for most out-of-pocket medical expenses, whether those expenses happen now or later.

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Social Security News

April 4, 2017

The Social Security Administration announced earlier this year that they will be mailing out fewer Social Security Statements. Only people age 60 and over will receive annual statements in the mail.

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Rising Rates: What You Need to Know and Why


On March 15, 2017, the Federal Reserve Bank made the decision to increase the target range for the Federal Funds Interest Rate to between 0.75%-1.00%. To start, what is the Federal Funds Interest Rate?

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Meet Beau Carpenter, CPA

April 4, 2017

We'd like to introduce you to Beau Carpenter, CPA.

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Investment Update

By   |  April 4, 2017

The year is off to a great start for stock investors, as the S&P 500 Index (U.S. large companies) is up 6.07% through the end of March. U.S. stocks have been strong over the course of the last several years, as we've seen only minor decline

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Apply for an extension if you can’t file by April 18

March 24, 2017

Tax time can be stressful, but don’t panic if you can’t file your tax return on time. There's still time to get an automatic six-month deadline extension.

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What’s due on April 18?

March 22, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, is a major tax deadline. Here are some of the tax filing and related deadlines:

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Tax time is scam time - IRS announces the Dirty Dozen

March 3, 2017

Each year the IRS produces its "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams. As criminals become savvier at stealing personal information and scamming people out of their money, taxpayers must be more vigilant than ever. Here are some of the more common scams...

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April IRA deadlines fast approaching

March 3, 2017

As tax day approaches, there are two other April deadlines that may apply to you. If you have an IRA, take note of these dates:

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February 2017 Market Insight

March 1, 2017

What happened in February and Looking ahead...

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More credits require questions

February 24, 2017

Common errors have helped to make the Earned Income Tax Credit (EIC) a major source of what the IRS calls "improper payments". The agency estimates that of the $66 billion in EIC funds paid in 2015, nearly a quarter were collected by filers who didn't qualify to receive them.

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2016 proof of health insurance: the Form 1095 wrinkle

February 23, 2017

Under the current Affordable Care Act (ACA), all Americans must have health insurance. If you receive your health insurance through the ACA marketplace or from your employer, you will receive a Form 1095.

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Current tax law requires health insurance

February 23, 2017

During his first week in office, President Trump signed an executive order asking federal agencies to reduce the economic burden the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) puts on American citizens.

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When filing your taxes, why early may make sense

February 3, 2017

Even though the IRS has started accepting tax returns, most of us aren't yet ready to file. There are, however, reasons to consider filing your return early. Here are some of the most common:

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What records you need for tax preparation

February 3, 2017

If you're not a naturally organized person, keeping your tax records in one place might not be easy. But gathering the appropriate records ahead of time will make it easier on yourself and help ensure the accuracy of your tax return.

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January 2017 Market Insight

February 1, 2017

Flipping through The Wall Street Journal for the past month, one might see front page headlines such as

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Time to plan for inflation-adjusted 2017 tax numbers

January 25, 2017

Each year, certain tax figures are adjusted for inflation. While most figures are unchanged versus 2016, there is more than a 7% increase to the maximum earnings subject to social security tax.

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Making the most of your tax refund

January 25, 2017

If you are expecting a tax refund, you might consider investing your refund or using it to increase your financial security. While everyone's needs are different, here are some optional uses of your refund that may work for you.

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Great Things are Happening in Ashland!

January 6, 2017

Ashland News

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What is “The Market?”

By   |  January 6, 2017

The Stock Market has returned 8% per year...

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Standard mileage rates drop for 2017

January 6, 2017

Whether you drive your vehicle in your own business or reimburse your employees for business mileage, you'll need to revise the rate you use in 2017.

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Taxes under President Trump

By Jim Hess, CEO, CPA   |  January 6, 2017

By the time you read this article we will be less than two weeks away from Donald Trump's inauguration.

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New law offers new HRAs in 2017

January 6, 2017

A health reimbursement arrangement, or HRA, is a benefit plan you can offer to your employees to reimburse them for medical expenses that are not covered by an insurance plan. HRAs offer tax benefits, including the deductibility of contributions you make to your employees' accounts.

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December 2016 Market Insight

January 3, 2017

With winter now here and the holidays in the rear-view mirror, the markets also shared in the holiday cheer with a positive (but uneventful) December.

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Keywords: stock market, stocks