Got a Letter from the IRS?

If you have received an IRS envelope from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in your mailbox that does not contain a refund check, it will probably cause an increase your heart rate likely increased. But Don’t panic, though; most of the issues in these letters can be dealt with simply and painlessly. Every year, the…

Case Study: Mid-Year is the Time to Factor in Tax Reform Changes

Tax Manager John Dickson, C.P.A., CFP®, CVA, joins Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, and K.C. Smith, CFP®, to highlight some of the major changes from tax reform that will affect nearly everyone’s 2018 taxes. He discusses what you should watch out for, moves you should consider if you know you’re losing some itemized deductions, and how tax projections can help you determine how to best position your money.

Solar Tax Credit: The Dark Side

There are TV ads, telemarketing phone calls and sales people at your front door all promoting the benefits of solar power, and one of the key considerations and a frequently mentioned benefit is the 30% federal tax credit. What isn’t included in the ads—and something most potential buyers are unaware of—is that the solar credit…

Big Changes to the Kiddie Tax

Years ago, to prevent parents from transferring their investment accounts into their children’s name to avoid taxes, Congress created what is referred to as the kiddie tax. This counteracted the strategy of taking income from the parents’ higher tax bracket and shifting it to their children’s lower tax bracket. The kiddie tax plugged that tax…