Tax Tips for June 2024

by | Jun 3, 2024 | Tax Tips

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Help Prevent Financial Scams Aimed at Older People

In any season, scam artists are seeking new ways to steal financial data and money from vulnerable people. Such fraudulent activities often target older adults. Here are three ways to help prevent elder financial abuse and fraud, whether you’re in this age bracket or you share them with senior loved ones:

  1. Exercise caution when making financial decisions. If someone exerts pressure or promises unreasonably high or guaranteed returns, walk away.
  2. Be alert for phony phone calls. The IRS doesn’t collect money this way. Another scam involves someone pretending to be a grandchild who’s in trouble and needs money. Don’t provide confidential information or send money until you can verify the caller’s identity.
  3. Beware of emails requesting personal data, even if they appear to be from a real financial institution. Remember, your banker or financial professional already has your personal information. Ignore contact information provided in emails. Instead, contact financial institutions through phone numbers you look up yourself.


Boost Your Home Improvements with Tax Credits

For many homeowners, summer means it’s time to tackle home improvement projects. By investing in certain energy-efficient updates, taxpayers not only can lower their power bills but also can score some tax breaks.

The Energy Efficient Home Improvement Credit equals 30% of qualified expenses (up to $3,200) incurred to improve a home after Jan. 1, 2023. Examples include insulation and exterior doors or windows.

The Residential Clean Energy Credit is equal to 30% of qualified property installed in a U.S. home from 2022 through 2032. Examples include solar electric panels, solar water heaters and wind turbines.

Additional rules and limits apply to these credits. Here’s more:


Tax Breaks for Increasing Accessibility

Certain small business owners may qualify for tax breaks by making their premises accessible to people with disabilities. The CDC reports that 61 million people in the United States are affected by disabilities.

The Disabled Access Credit is a nonrefundable credit for up to 50% of eligible access expenditures made by qualifying small businesses in each year the costs are incurred. Also available is a barrier removal tax deduction when a business removes an architectural barrier and the removal improves access for persons with disabilities and the elderly.

Both tax benefits can be used in the same year if the requirements are met. To learn more: