If you sell your business you might owe a hefty income tax on the appreciated interest. Saving grace: At least you may be able to avoid the 3.8% Medicare surtax on net investment income (NII), depending on the exact circumstances. But what about your kids and other family members who are shareholders? They could get… Read More

You can’t deduct the cost of the time and effort you spend on behalf of charity. BUT that doesn’t mean your good deeds will go for tax naught. Strategy: Track your out-of-pocket costs. Even though you can’t deduct the value of your endeavors, you can write off actual expenses associated with charitable activities. Furthermore, you… Read More

Does your business need trustworthy and reliable employees? You may not have to look any farther than across the dinner table. Strategy: Hire your spouse to work as an official employee. Why put your spouse on the payroll? Because you can gain five tax benefits: Build up tax-favored funds for retirement If you meet the… Read More

I’m one of those people that love to read…books, magazines, journals. I used to list reading as a hobby on those questionnaires that I would answer but too many people called me a nerd so I stopped and replaced “reading” with “fishing.” I find that in December there are so many lists that are published… Read More

Say Your aging parents live in a home that has appreciated in value, but they’re no longer reaping any of the home ownership tax breaks during their retirement years. Sound familiar? Good news: With one stroke of the pen, both you and your parents can win: They’d gain instant access to their home equity (without… Read More

Taxpayers having a financial interest or signature authority over any foreign financial account such as a bank account, a securities account, or other types of financial accounts in a foreign country outside the U.S boarders must report these accounts to the Department of the Treasury if their aggregate balance exceeds $10,000 at any time during… Read More

Years after my kids are grown, I discovered that Section 529 plans are something I am now thinking about as my grandchild Odessa¬†was born last month and there are only so many clothes and toys you can buy her, so I thought college….. The amount you transfer to a Section 529 plan on behalf of… Read More

We are proud and excited to announce the launch of our new website at: https://www.bourkeaccounting.com Our new website can help you in many ways and make your tax time so much easier. How? Subscribe to our quarterly newsletters: Our website hosts our current tax-related newsletter and also an archive of past newsletters so that you… Read More