Do I need to pay estimated tax?
Taxpayers are required to pay most of their tax obligation during the year by having tax withheld from their paychecks or pension payments, or by making estimated tax payments. Estimated tax is the primary method used to pay tax on income that isn't subject to withholding.
Tax reform changes to the standard deduction and itemized deductions may affect your ability to obtain an income tax benefit from charitable giving. Projecting how you'll be affected by these changes while there's still time to take action is important.
Tax filing season is here again. If you haven't done so already, you'll want to start pulling things together — that includes getting your hands on a copy of your 2017 tax return and gathering W-2s, 1099s, and deduction records. You'll need these records whether you're preparing your own return or paying someone else to prepare your tax return for you.
While tax scams are especially prevalent during tax season, they can take place any time during the year. As a result, it's in your best interest to always be vigilant so you don't end up becoming the victim of a fraudulent tax scheme.
Here are some of the more common scams to watch out for.
As 2018 comes to a close, there are some strategies that could help you save on taxes - now and in the future. In our End of Year Planning Guide, we explore the following:
1. How to Donate Securities Instead of Cash
2. Using Your IRA to Make Qualified Charitable Deductions (QCD)
3. Donating Tangible Property
4. Gifting to Your Loved Ones