Posts by Caras & Shulman

Tracking Down Donation Substantiation

Tracking Down Donation Substantiation

If you’re like many Americans, your mailbox may have been filling up in recent weeks with letters from your favorite charities acknowledging your 2023 donations. But what happens if you haven’t received such a letter for a contribution? Can you still claim a deduction on your 2023 income tax return for the gift? It depends.

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Tax Tips for February 2024

Tax Tips for February 2024

Click on the links below to jump to each section in this article: There May Still Be Time to Lower Your 2023 Tax Bill Deductions vs. Credits: What's the Difference? ERC Voluntary Disclosure Program Available for a Limited Time   There May Still Be Time to Lower Your 2023 Tax Bill The 2023 individual income tax return filing season will open soon. Even if you typically don't file until much closer to the April 15 deadline (or you file for an extension), consider filing earlier this year....

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Appraisals Aren’t Just for Businesses

Appraisals Aren’t Just for Businesses

Whether you’re in the process of making a retirement or estate plan or you intend to donate property to charity, you’ll need to know the value of your assets. For many hard-to-value items, such as closely held business interests, real estate, art and collectibles, an appraisal may be necessary.

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Tax Tips for February 2024

Tax Tips for January 2024

Click on the links below to jump to each section in this article: One Reason to File Your 2023 Tax Return Early Did You Get Married in 2023? 2024 vehicle mileage rates   One Reason to File Your 2023 Tax Return Early The 2023 individual income tax return filing season will open soon. Even if you typically don't file until much closer to the April 15 deadline (or you file for an extension), consider filing earlier this year. Why? You may be able to protect yourself from tax identity theft....

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Sec. 179 Expensing and Bonus Depreciation: Beware of Pitfalls

Sec. 179 Expensing and Bonus Depreciation: Beware of Pitfalls

If eligible, you can elect to use Section 179 expensing or bonus depreciation to deduct a large portion of the cost (and in some cases the full cost) of eligible property in the year it’s placed in service. Alternatively, you may follow regular depreciation rules and spread deductions over several years or decades, depending on how the asset is classified under the tax code.

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