Happy Thanksgiving!

It's that time of year when we are enjoying the change of season and we start thinking about the holidays. For us, it's also the perfect opportunity to send thanks your way -- your business is important to us and we truly value the trust and confidence you've shown in letting us manage your tax and accounting matters.
A Little Bit of Preparation Makes for A Much Easier Tax Season!

The holiday season brings hectic days Thanksgiving Calendar
and busy schedules for everyone, so taxes and accounting might not be the first thing on your mind. Believe it or not, by being even a little bit more prepared, you'll be in better position to stay ahead of the tax scramble and still have ample time to enjoy the holidays.

Handy Year-End Tax Tips

Did You Purchase a Home This Year?
If you purchased a home in 2009 and are a first-time home buyer, you may be entitled to a tax credit of ten percent of the purchase price of a home. A "first-time home buyer" is an individual who had no ownership interest in a residence during the three years preceding the purchase of the new home. This also applies to your spouse if you are purchasing a home together.

For those who would be considered a first-time home buyer, you are eligible to receive a credit of 10% of the purchase price of your new home with a maximum at $8,000. Those who took the credit in 2008 for 2007 purchases do have to repay their credit over 15 years. There is an income limit for the credit -- First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit$75,000 for single filers and $150,000 for married filing jointly. The credit is refundable, so if your tax liability is less than the credit, you will receive a refund. If the home is sold within 3 years from purchase, the credit will have to be repaid. Otherwise, it is not required to be repaid.

If you purchased a home after November 6, 2009, and owned your home for 5 consecutive years prior to your purchase date, you may be eligible for a $6,500 tax credit. Income restrictions and other fine print exist, so, please discuss the particulars with a member of our staff.

IRA/SEP/401(k) Dates:
Make sure to maximize your contributions to these plans. Due dates for deductibility vary depending on the plan, so call or email us for the specifics if you don't know them. We're right here to help!

Charitable Cash Contributions:
The holidays mean giving and gifts are on everyone's mind. The IRS has special requirements for cash charitable contributions. What does this mean for you? Each cash charitable contribution you make must be backed up with a written receipt or other documentation, regardless of the amount. Gone are the days of estimates. So continue to be as generous as you'd like, but make sure to get that receipt! Also, make sure you give us Mileageyour mileage logs for charitable miles (14 cents a mile), medical miles (24 cents a mile), business miles (55 cents). We want you to get every deduction you are legally entitled to!

New Deduction for Non-Itemizers:
Nearly two out of three taxpayers choose to take the standard deduction rather than itemizing deductions such as mortgage interest and charitable contributions. The basic standard deduction is:
  • $10,900 for married couples filing a joint return and qualifying widows and widowers, a $200 increase over 2008
  • $5,450 for singles and married individuals filing separate returns, up $100, and
  • $8,000 for heads of household, up $150.
Higher amounts apply to blind people and senior citizens. The standard deduction is often reduced for a taxpayer who qualifies as someone else's dependent.

New this year, taxpayers can claim an additional standard deduction, based on the state or local real-estate taxes paid in 2009. Taxes paid on foreign or business property do not count. The maximum deduction is $500, or $1,000 for joint filers.

Also new for 2009, a taxpayer can increase his standard deduction by the net disaster losses suffered from a federally declared disaster. A worksheet is available in the instructions for Forms 1040 and 1040A.

Did You Invest in Your Business?
If you loaned money to your business, you are required to charge interest on the loan and report it as income on your personal return! If you don't, the IRS may reclassify it as a contribution to capital. Call or email and we can help you understand this better!

We hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday season and just remember, we're only a phone call or email away with solutions to any of your tax, bookkeeping, small business, and accounting questions. Let us help!

Warmest Wishes and Happy Thanksgiving!
- Maco & Associates
Maco & Associates
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