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Is my Home Equity loan interest still deductible?

Written on July 16th, 2018 by Jamesno shouts

Prior to 2018, mortgage interest on $1M primary mortgage and Home Equity loan interest on a loan up to $100k were deductible on your Schedule A itemized deduction form of your tax return.  With the new tax law that has changed and caused a bit of confusion:

For mortgages taken out in 2018, the total combined mortgage loan amounts (primary and home equity/second) where interest can be deducted has dropped to $750,000.  The question is what about Home Equity Loan interest?  The new tax law made it sound as if Home Equity loan interest would no longer be deductible, however per the IRS that is not the case.  If a Home Equity loan was taken out to specifically make improvements to the property then the interest on the loan can still be deducted on your Schedule A.  The caveat is that the loan has to be to improve the residence it is loaned against, no using it to pay off credit cards, vacations, etc…

For more info see the IRS’ statement on this:  https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/interest-on-home-equity-loans-often-still-deductible-under-new-law

IRS videos

Written on May 29th, 2018 by Jamesno shouts

Did you know that the IRS has short video tutorials on a variety of topics?  These videos discuss individual tax items as well as questions small business owners might have regarding payroll withholdings and retirement plans:

https://www.irsvideos.gov/Individual

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Time to adjust your tax withholdings?

Written on April 17th, 2018 by Jamesno shouts

As we wrap up the 2017 tax year and look forward to the tax cuts of 2018, many are wondering if they should adjust their withholdings?  In my small sampling statistic, about 85% of the clients I do taxes for will see a benefit from the 2018 Tax Cuts.  Those that are still earning a regular paycheck have the option of adjusting their current withholdings to keep more money throughout the year or simply wait and get a refund when they file next year.

Whether you did your own taxes or worked with a tax pro, you should have gotten an estimate on what your 2018 taxes would look like based on the new rules.  From there you can figure out if you need to adjust your withholding’s through your employer by submitting a new W4.

So how do you make the decision on what to put in your W4?  The IRS has a withholding calculator to help you get closer to your actual tax liability under the new rules here: https://www.irs.gov/individuals/irs-withholding-calculator 

Once you determine any changes you need to make, fill out a new W4 and hand in to your payroll department:  https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw4.pdf

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Pre-Retirement Survival Guide

Written on February 10th, 2018 by Jamesno shouts

Everything you always wanted to know, in one handy reference guide:

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2018 Tax reference / Key Financial Facts

Written on January 5th, 2018 by Jamesno shouts

Interested in the tax reform info for 2018? Or maybe SS/Medicare info? Or simply retirement plan limits? Here is the latest quick reference guide:

The Advisory Firm Tax Facts 2018

Decent savings rate + $200 bonus

Written on September 21st, 2017 by Jamesno shouts

I get asked quite frequently about where you can get “any” return on Cash Reserves.  Most banks are paying a fraction of a percent if anything, but here is something I just came across:  Capital One 360 Money Market is offering 1.2% annual yield on balances of $10,000 or more.  If you deposit before Oct 31, 2017 you will also get a $200 bonus.  The website is www.capitalone.com/200atlanta and use the code MY200.

Personal Finance FYI: are you due a tax refund on your stock options or grants?

Written on September 7th, 2017 by Jamesno shouts

medicare plan F vs. plan G

Written on August 21st, 2017 by Jamesno shouts

Came across these two videos that compare Medicare supplement plans F and G.  Most folks naturally gravitate toward Plan F since it covers the deductible, but that may not be the best choice.  Especially once you consider the higher premiums and higher annual increases associated with Plan F.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHj3-Y_gwUs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmU0KdQuxbU

 

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Find unclaimed money in your name

Written on August 18th, 2017 by Jamesno shouts

Good article about a new website on Clark Howards site:  http://clark.com/personal-finance-credit/this-website-will-notify-you-if-theres-unclaimed-money-in-your-name/

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Redefining Retirement age……

Written on July 17th, 2017 by Jamesno shouts

Two legendary rock musicians performed in Atlanta last night.  Peter Frampton is 67 and Steve Miller is 73.  Quite an impressive show.  These guys show that age is only a number and should never be used to slow you down.

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