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5 Things Taxpayers Get Wrong When Itemizing Deductions

Background Everyone is interested in lowering their taxable income. The desire to personally pay less might be one of the few views consistently shared across all political party lines.   […]

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State Tax Tips for Financial Advisors

When Congress changes federal tax law, it always dominates the headlines, but the IRS' portion of a taxpayer’s income is only part of the story. Every state has their own unique set of tax rules, and it is not enough for financial advisors to be versed in the rules of their home state. Eight states have no individual income tax. For the other states, there are 42 different sets of rules on what type of income is taxed, how it is taxed, at what rate it is taxed and whether where you work or where you live is more important. Then one could wade into local taxes, with nearly 5,000 jurisdictions in 17 states imposing a local income tax, which can treat nonresidents differently than residents.

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Why Tax Planning is Not a Choice—But Being Great At It Is

The IRS is not shy. They want a cut of the action anytime money is involved.   Taxation doesn’t discriminate either: They will take their piece whether it’s cash, real […]

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