Federal Aid Package Helps Individuals Affected By COVID-19

Federal Aid Package Helps Individuals Affected By COVID-19  The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201),  became law on March 18, 2020. The Act guarantees free testing for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), establishes emergency paid sick leave, expands family and medical leave, enhances unemployment insurance, expands food security initiatives, and increases federal Medicaid funding. The…

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Tax Payments Have Been Deferred

Tax Payments Have Been Deferred As the COVID-19 situation continues to change on a daily basis, abip would like to take some time to inform clients of the relief that the federal government has passed thus far. Below are some common questions we have been receiving and the answers to those questions – as of…

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What to Do If You Are Missing Important Tax Forms

What to Do If You Are Missing Important Tax Forms If you are ready to file your taxes but are missing important tax forms here’s what you should do: Form W-2 You should receive a Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, from each of your employers for use in preparing your federal tax return. Employers…

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Are Social Security Benefits Taxable?

Are Social Security Benefits Taxable? Social Security benefits include monthly retirement, survivor, and disability benefits; they do not include Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments, which are not taxable. Generally, you pay federal income taxes on your Social Security benefits only if you have other substantial income in addition to your benefits such as wages, self-employment,…

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Worker Classification: Employee vs. Contractor

Worker Classification: Employee vs. Contractor If you hire someone for a long-term, full-time project or a series of projects that are likely to last for an extended period, you must pay special attention to the difference between independent contractors and employees. Why It Matters The Internal Revenue Service and state regulators scrutinize the distinction between…

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It’s Not Too Late to Make an IRA Contribution

It’s Not Too Late to Make an IRA Contribution If you haven’t contributed funds to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) for tax year 2019, or if you’ve put in less than the maximum allowed, you still have time to do so. You can contribute to either a traditional or Roth IRA until the April 15th…

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Tax Filing Season Begins

Tax Filing Season Begins January 27, 2020, marked the start of this year’s tax filing season. Complicating matters is a newly revised Form 1040, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. With more than 150 million individual tax returns expected to be filed for the 2019 tax year, here’s what individual taxpayers can expect: Another New Design for…

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Tax Extenders, Retirement Plan Changes, and Repeals

Tax Extenders, Retirement Plan Changes, and Repeals The Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, signed into law on December 20, 2019, extended a number of expired tax provisions for businesses and individuals through 2020. It also included several retirement plan changes and repealed three health care taxes. Here’s what you need to know: Individual Tax Extenders…

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2020 Tax Withholding: the new Form W-4

2020 Tax Withholding: the new Form W-4 Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate, has been redesigned for 2020. Previously, income tax withholding was based on an employee’s marital status and withholding allowances or tied to the value of the personal exemption. With the revised Form W-4, however, income tax withholding is generally based on the worker’s expected…

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ACA Reporting Requirements for Employers

ACA Reporting Requirements for Employers The health care law contains tax provisions that affect employers. Two parts of the Affordable Care Act apply only to Applicable Large Employers (ALE). These are the employer shared responsibility provisions and the employer information reporting provisions for offers of minimum essential coverage. The size and structure of a workforce…

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Important Tax Changes for Individuals and Businesses

Important Tax Changes for Individuals and Businesses Every year, it’s a sure bet that there will be changes to current tax law and this year is no different. From standard deductions to health savings accounts and tax rate schedules, here’s a checklist of tax changes to help you plan the year ahead. Individuals In 2020,…

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What’s New for the 2020 Tax Filing Season

What’s New for the 2020 Tax Filing Season While the 2020 tax filing season promises to be less confusing than 2019, there are still a number of changes that taxpayers should be aware of. New, Revised or Updated Tax Forms Form 1040: Revised and Redesigned The IRS released a draft Form 1040 for 2019 tax…

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Tax Breaks for Taxpayers Who Itemize

Tax Breaks for Taxpayers Who Itemize Many taxpayers opt for the standard deduction because it is easier, but sometimes itemizing your deductions is the better choice – often resulting in a lower tax bill. Whether you bought a house, refinanced your current home, or had extensive gambling losses, you may be able to take advantage…

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Tax Planning Includes Keeping Good Records

Tax Planning Includes Keeping Good Records It’s January and tax season is right around the corner. For many people that means scrambling to collect receipts, mileage logs, and other tax-related documents needed to prepare their tax returns. If this describes you, chances are, you’re wishing you’d kept on top of it during the year so…

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