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Financial Services by Newton Financial Network

Ed Newton, CPA, CFP®

As a Certified Financial Planner I recently attended a financial services workshop in Indianapolis, IN.

It was hosted by Archer Funds, the registered advisor firm we work through to provide financial advice to our clients here in the Charlotte / Mecklenburg County area.

This forum allowed for two days of learning and networking. Speakers included the President of Archer Funds, Troy Patton, who spoke on the state of the market.

Troy is known for understanding how world events and complex factors affect our U.S. Market.

Steve Demas, Portfolio Manager, spoke on client services. Steve has a long history of working with clients on their personal finances and individual investments before dedicating all of his time to researching appropriate investments for the Archer portfolios.

John Rosebrough, Chartered Financial Analyst, provided insight into the technical aspects of portfolio management.

Troy, Steve and John actively manage the Archer Funds and the portfolios that are built around these funds. We offer investment advice through our Newton Financial Network.

For a free review of your investments, give me a call at 704-552-8689 or download one of my 4 FREE reports on investing at my Newton Financial Network website.  Thanks!  Ed

 


 

 

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Reduce Your Taxes with Miscellaneous Deductions + 8 Tips for Taxpayers Who Owe Taxes

 

Reduce Your Taxes with Miscellaneous Deductions

If you itemize deductions on your tax return, you may be able to deduct certain miscellaneous expenses. You may benefit from this because a tax deduction normally reduces your federal income tax.

Here are some things you should know about miscellaneous deductions:

Deductions Subject to the Two Percent Limit.

 

You can deduct most miscellaneous expenses only if they exceed two percent of your adjusted gross income. These include expenses such as:

 - Unreimbursed employee expenses.
 - Expenses related to searching for a new job in the same profession.
 - Certain work clothes and uniforms.
 - Tools needed for your job.
 - Union dues.
 - Work-related travel and transportation.
 

Deductions Not Subject to the Two Percent Limit.

 

Some deductions are not subject to the two percent of AGI limit. Some expenses on this list include:

 - Certain casualty and theft losses. This deduction applies if you held the damaged or stolen property for investment. Property that you hold for investment may include assets such as stocks, bonds and works of art.


 - Gambling losses up to the amount of gambling winnings.
 

 - Losses from Ponzi-type investment schemes (think Bernie Madoff).
 

Many expenses are not deductible. For example, you can’t deduct personal living or family expenses. Report your miscellaneous deductions on Schedule A, Itemized Deductions. Be sure to keep records of your deductions as a reminder when you file your taxes in 2014.

 

(Source: IRS Summertime Tax Tip 2013-15)

 

 

 



8 Tips for Taxpayers Who Owe Taxes

While most taxpayers get a refund from the IRS when they file their taxes, some do not. The IRS offers several payment options for those who owe taxes.

Here are eight tips for those who owe federal taxes.

1. Tax bill payments. If you get a bill from the IRS this summer, you should pay it as soon as possible to save money. You can pay by check, money order, cashier’s check or cash. If you cannot pay it all, consider getting a loan to pay the bill in full. The interest rate for a loan may be less than the interest and penalties the IRS must charge by law.

2. Electronic Funds Transfer. It’s easy to pay your tax bill by electronic funds transfer. Just visit IRS.gov and use the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System. You may also use EFTPS to pay your taxes by phone at 800-555-4477.

3. Credit or debit card payments. You can also pay your tax bill with a credit or debit card. Even though the card company may charge an extra fee for a tax payment, the costs of using a credit or debit card may be less than the cost of an IRS payment plan. To pay by credit or debit card, contact one of the processing companies listed at IRS.gov.

4. More time to pay. You may qualify for a short-term agreement to pay your taxes. This may apply if you can fully pay your taxes in 120 days or less. You can request it through the Online Payment Agreement application at IRS.gov. You may also call the IRS at the number listed on the last notice you received. If you can’t find the notice, call 800-829-1040 for help. There is generally no set-up fee for a short-term agreement.

5. Installment Agreement. If you can’t pay in full at one time and can’t get a loan, you may want to apply for a monthly payment plan. If you owe $50,000 or less, you can apply using the IRS Online Payment Agreement application. It’s quick and easy. If approved, IRS will notify you immediately. You can arrange to make your payments by direct debit. This type of payment plan helps avoid missed payments and may help avoid a tax lien that would damage your credit.

Taxpayers may also apply using IRS Form 9465, Installment Agreement Request. If you owe more than $50,000, you must also complete Form 433F, Collection Information Statement. For approved payment plans the one-time user fee is $105 for standard and payroll deduction agreements. The direct debit agreement fee is $52. The fee is $43 if your income is below a certain level.

6. Offer in Compromise. The IRS Offer-in-Compromise program allows you to settle your tax debt for less than the full amount you owe. An OIC may be an option if you cannot fully pay your taxes through an installment agreement or other payment alternative. The IRS may accept an OIC if the amount offered represents the most IRS can expect to collect within a reasonable time. Use the OIC Pre-Qualifier tool to see if you may be eligible before you apply. The tool will also direct you to other options if an OIC is not right for you.

7. Fresh Start. If you’re struggling to pay your taxes, the IRS Fresh Start initiative may help you. Fresh Start makes it easier for individual and small business taxpayers to pay back taxes and avoid tax liens.

8. Check withholding. You may be able to avoid owing taxes in future years by increasing the taxes your employer withholds from your pay. To do this, file a revised Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, with your employer. The IRS Withholding Calculator tool at IRS.gov can help you fill out a new W-4.

For more information about payment options give is a call at the office.

 (Source: IRS Summertime Tax Tip 2013-14)

 


 

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Regards, W. Edward Newton Jr., CPA, CFP®

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W. Edward Newton Jr., CPA, CFP® | Certified Public Accountant

13850 Ballantyne Corporate Place, Suite 500 Charlotte, North Carolina 28277 Phone: (704) 552-8689 | Email: ednewton@ednewtoncpa.com