Let’s say you’re buying a new car and want to get rid of your old one. You’ve heard ads claiming you can get a tax deduction for donating a car to charity. But this may not result in a big deduction — or any at all. It depends on whether you itemize and what the […]
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Do you have investments outside of tax-advantaged retirement plans? You may still have time to shrink your 2018 tax bill by selling some of them. If you’ve sold investments at a gain this year, consider selling some at a loss to absorb the gains. But if you’ve sold investments at a loss, consider selling some […]
With 2019 arriving here soon, there are several tax and financial to-dos you should address before 2018 ends. For example: Incur qualifying health care Flexible Spending Account expenses by Dec. 31 to use up these funds or you’ll potentially lose them. Also, max out contributions to retirement plans. Or, if applicable, take required minimum distributions […]
With tax law changes going into effect in 2018 and many rules applying to the charitable deduction, it’s a good idea to check deductibility before making year-end donations. First, total up your potential itemized deductions for the year, including the donations you’re considering. The total must exceed your standard deduction (which has been nearly doubled […]
Did you know that you may be able to enjoy two tax benefits if you donate long-term appreciated stock instead of cash? First, if you itemize, you can claim a charitable deduction equal to the stock’s fair market value. Second, you can avoid the capital gains tax you’d pay if you sold the stock. But […]
Donating artwork is a great way to share enjoyment of the work with others. But to maximize the tax benefit, too, you must plan your gift carefully and follow all the rules.