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Tax Bite: A net operating loss on your 2014 tax return isn’t all bad news

When a company’s deductible expenses exceed its income, generally a net operating loss (NOL) occurs (though of course the specific rules are more complex). If when filing your 2014 income tax return you’ve found that your business had an NOL, there is … Continue reading

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Tax Bite: Still filing a paper return? Be sure you understand the “timely mailed = timely filed” rule

The IRS considers a paper return that’s due April 15 to be timely filed if it’s postmarked by midnight on April 15. But dropping your return in a mailbox on the 15th may not be sufficient. For example, let’s say you mail … Continue reading

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Tax Bite: Yes, there’s still time to make a 2014 IRA contribution!

The deadline for 2014 IRA contributions is April 15, 2015. The limit for total contributions to all IRAs generally is $5,500 ($6,500 if you were age 50 or older on Dec. 31, 2014). If you haven’t already maxed out your 2014 limit, … Continue reading

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Tax Bite: You might benefit from deducting investment interest expense on your 2014 tax return

Investment interest — interest on debt used to buy assets held for investment, such as margin debt used to buy securities — generally is deductible for both regular tax and alternative minimum tax purposes. But special rules apply that can make the … Continue reading

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Tax Bite: Make sure you have proper substantiation for your 2014 donations

If you don’t meet IRS substantiation requirements, your charitable deductions could be denied. To comply, generally you must obtain a contemporaneous written acknowledgment from the charity stating the amount of the donation, whether you received any goods or services in consideration for … Continue reading

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