Traditional and Roth IRA Contribution Limits for 2014

traditional roth ira contribution limits

The 2014 IRA contribution limits remained stagnant from last year to this year. Traditional IRA and Roth IRA These Individual Retirement Arrangements or Accounts (IRAs) were created to provide a tax incentive to save for your own retirement. They are both excellent tools to help you in your efforts to secure a comfortable retirement. I have […]

10 Commonly Overlooked Tax Deductions for 2014

Tax Deductions

Are you doing your own taxes this year?  Do you review your tax return even if you have it prepared by a CPA, friend, TaxACT or H&R Block? Probably not a bad idea to give it a once over. If you do, consider some of these tax deductions (as noted by Kiplinger.com) and make sure you […]

3 Ways To File Your Taxes For FREE

File Your Taxes for Free

It’s tax time!  You should have received your W2s by now so you should be ready to file your taxes.  April 15th, the last day to file taxes this year, will be here before you know it. So get going.  Luckily, if you meet certain criteria, you may just be able to file your federal […]

Tax Calendar and Last Day to File Taxes in 2014

Tax Day April 15th

No big surprises this year. The last day to file taxes in 2014, for the 2013 tax year, is April 15, 2014. In the past it’s been pushed back a day this because of the way the weekend falls and because of a holiday. For instance, three years ago Emancipation Day got in the way of […]

2013 (and 2014) Tax Brackets: What Is My Tax Bracket?

How Long Will it Take to Get My Tax Refund?

It’s that time of year again when our minds start turning towards what taxes we will owe come April 15th.  One of the critical pieces of the tax code are the federal income tax brackets. These were created to facilitate the taxing of different levels of income. Our progressive tax rate structure (i.e. as income […]

New Information About Your Flexible Spending Account [FSA] “Use It or Lose It” Rule

FSA Prescription Drugs

This is our annual reminder about spending your Flexible Spending Account dollars and setting your allotment for next year. New this year: based on a Treasury Department modification of the “use it or lose it” rule, some employers are allowing $500 to carry-forward from 2013 to 2014. The catch is that the grace period goes […]

3 Ways to Think About Year-End Tax Planning

TurboTax TaxCaster

When it comes to the end of the year, it’s said that you should focus your tax-planning efforts on three main areas: deferring or accelerating revenue, deferring or accelerating expenses, and expiring tax provisions. Let’s take a look at each one and give some examples. Deferring (or Accelerating) Revenue Generally speaking, the more revenue you […]

Solo 401k vs SEP IRA: Which Should You Choose for Your Business?

Solo 401k vs SEP IRA

One of the most common questions I see from new entrepreneurs is about their retirement plan options. Specifically, I see a lot of people talking about the Solo 401k vs SEP IRA. Today I’m going to explain what those two plans are, show you the differences, and share why I chose the Solo 401k. In […]

Is a Roth 401k Conversion the Right Decision For You?

Uncle Sam Roth 401k Conversion

Back in January of 2013, we were relieved to have averted the so-called fiscal cliff that had been the non-stop talk of the 24-hour news cycle throughout the end of 2012. While many aspects of the compromise—known as the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA)—were both well-reported and somewhat controversial, one benefit of the […]

IRS Targeted “Folks Waving Tea Bags Around”

IRS Sign

The IRS, a bureau of the Department of Treasury and the same agency that will be enforcing the Obamacare “tax”, is tasked with enforcing the laws that help determine what organizations can be considered non-profit and tax-exempt. Over the past week it was revealed that they targeted conservative “tea party” groups that were filing for […]

What If You Can’t Pay Your Taxes This Year?

What to Do if I Cant Pay My Taxes?

It’s been an eventful few years with the IRS taking on major companies and even countries to recover taxes and penalties owed by businesses and individuals. With the economy in a slump, and tax revenues falling, the IRS and many State governments are trying to close the tax gap (the difference between taxes owed and […]

The Official PT Money Tax Preparation Checklist

Tax Preparation Checklist

Time to file your taxes if you haven’t already! We’ve still got plenty of time before the last day to file taxes, so you’ve got time to get ready. But even if you want to purposefully wait till the last minute, it doesn’t hurt to start pulling together your information. I still try to follow […]