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Smart tax, business and planning ideas from your Trusted Business Advisor SM January 2019

In this issue
1 Double (and triple) IRA season is here
2 Drive cautiously… but carry ample auto insurance
3 IRS says business meal deductions still apply
4 Tax calendar

Double (and triple) IRA season is here

The start of each year might be considered “Double IRA” season. Until mid-April (the 15th, in 2019), you still can make contributions to an IRA for 2018, if you have funds you’d like to save for retirement.Most workers and their spouses may each contribute up to $5,500, or $6,500 for those who were 50 or older at the end of 2018.

If you have additional dollars to invest, you also can put them into an IRA for 2019, now that the year has begun. The sooner you put money into a 2019 IRA and choose investments, the sooner tax-advantaged buildup might begin.

Note that such IRA contributions are permitted even if you also participate in an employer’s retirement plan. The same is true if you participate in a SEP-IRA or SIMPLE IRA through your company or self employment.

Three for the money
Many workers can choose among three types of IRAs.

Deductible IRAs. Whereas most workers and their spouses can contribute to regular (traditional) IRAs, only some people can deduct their contributions. A full deduction is available if you do not participate in an employer’s retirement plan; if you do participate, the deduction allowed depends on your income.

Example 1: Paula Adams, a single taxpayer who participates in a 401(k), must have had modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) of $63,000 or less in 2018 for a full deduction on her 2018 tax return. If her MAGI is greater than $63,000 but less than $73,000, a partial deduction is allowed.

Different MAGI numbers apply to married taxpayers filing joint returns, qualifying widows or widowers, and married taxpayers filing separate returns. Contributions to traditional IRAs are not
allowed after you reach age 70½.

Roth IRAs. Contributions to Roth IRAs are never tax deductible. However, once you have had a Roth IRA account for five years and reach age 59½, all withdrawals ― including withdrawn investment earnings ― are untaxed.

There are no age limits for contributions to a
Roth IRA. However, income limits apply.

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Tax and Financial Reporting

News and Tools August 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) generally effective stating in 2018, raised the threshold for the requirement to use the percentage-ofcompletion method (PCM) from $10million average annual gross receipts (AAGR) to $25million for contracts starting in 2018.
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Smart tax, business and planning ideas from your Trusted Business AdvisorSM November 2018

Year-end planning under the new tax law

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA),passed at the end of last year, generallytook effect in 2018. Therefore, the fourthquarter of this year provides the first real opportunity for year-end planning under what has been called the most important tax law passed in more than 30 years. (more…)

How the new tax law affects 529 plans

Now the G.I. Bill is forever
Education as a small-business fringe benefit
Tax calendar

Factoid : Higher education

Measured by market share, total accounts, and assets under management (over $66 billion), Virginia529 is the largest 529 plan in the nation.

 

Did you know ?

The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 (G.I. Bill) paid almost $4 billion to nearly 9 million veterans from 1944–1949 in unemployment compensation. The education and training provisions existed until 1956, and the Veterans’ Administration offered insured loans until 1962. The Readjustment Benefits Act of 1966 extended these benefits to all veterans of the armed forces, including those who served during peacetime.

Source: History.com

Article : How the new tax law affects 529 plans

For many years, 529 college savings plans have offered a tax-favored way to save for higher education. These plans, officially qualified tuition programs, are named for the IRC section that provides their advantages.
In brief, 529 plans are funded with after-tax dollars. In college savings plans, account owners choose from a menu of investments, and any earnings are untaxed. Distributions are also tax-free if they do not exceed the qualifying educational expenses of the account beneficiary: payments of tuition, fees, supplies, and certain housing expenses for the account beneficiary’s study at an eligible educational institution. Before 2018, eligible educational institutions included only post-secondary institutions.
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