Home Office for S-Corp shareholder

By |2017-01-12T12:59:09-05:00January 12th, 2017|Categories: Taxes, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Home Office Deduction

Taking a deduction for your home office is a scary endeavor for many tax payers. They hear the horror stories about people getting audited because they took the deduction. There’s nothing to fear! As long as you fit the requirements and legitimately have home office expenses, then it’s a deduction that can save you a lot of money every year. Official IRS information can be Found Here.

The task, however, gets a little more complicated when you are a greater than 2% shareholder of an S-Corp. Prior to the IRS making a recommendation to use the Accountable Plan and subsequent reimbursements to the employee (or shareholders), taxpayers […]

Understanding Income Taxes

By |2017-01-12T10:57:13-05:00January 12th, 2017|Categories: Taxes|Tags: , , , , , |

Understanding Income Taxes

by ptvan.

Why is it so hard to understand my Form 1040?

It’s a pretty daunting task to read your 1040 and understand what you’re looking at. When you break it down, it’s really not too bad.


Section 1 of the infographic indicates where you find the Income you earned through the year. This includes income such as W-2 wages, Passthrough activity, Social Security, etc.

Deductions For Adjusted Gross Income

Section 2 indicates deductions you can take directly against Income that reduce the amount that determines your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI). It includes such deductions as Self-Employment Taxes paid, Student Loan […]

Lower your Taxes by Using the Mileage Deduction

By |2016-12-19T20:02:44-05:00July 30th, 2014|Categories: Taxes|Tags: , , , , , |


When tax time comes near, you try to think of every possible deduction you could take. What about you car? One deduction that is often overlooked is the gas mileage deduction. Here are some tips for claiming the tax deduction for vehicle expenses.

Keep track of your miles driven

The IRS has a standard mileage rate that can be deducted. Note that it changes every year. If your actual auto expenses are higher than the gas mileage rate, then you get to deduct the greater amount.

Provide all the required information regarding your car

If you plan on taking a gas mileage tax deduction, the IRS wants basic information about your […]

How Home Ownership can SAVE you in taxes

By |2014-10-30T15:45:18-04:00July 7th, 2014|Categories: Itemized Deductions|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |


There are 4 simple ways in which owning a home can Save you in taxes:

1. Mortgage interest deduction – owning a home allows you to deduct the interest you pay for your mortgage. This is usually the biggest tax break for most people because a large portion of your house payment goes toward interest. This is especially true at the beginning of a mortgage. You can deduct all the mortgage interest you pay given that your loan is for less than $1 million. This includes any interest you pay on a loan to buy your home, the interest on a home equity line of credit, or home […]

You can now pay your taxes online!

By |2014-10-30T15:45:35-04:00May 27th, 2014|Categories: Payments, Taxes|Tags: , , , , , , , |


How can I pay my taxes online?

If you owe money to the IRS, you can make a secure payment through their new online portal at:

If you’re worried about being able to make all your payments online, you can create an online payment agreement with the IRS at:

As much as it stinks to have to pay the IRS, at least their making it easier to do so.

Charitable Contributions

By |2016-12-19T20:02:45-05:00May 31st, 2013|Categories: Charitable Contributions, Taxes|Tags: , , , , |


Is your charitable contribution eligible as a tax deduction?

Worried whether the organization you are about to contribute to is a qualified organization for tax purposes? Check out the IRS’s website to see if it is eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions. In addition to searching for a particular organization, users may download a complete list of each of the three types of organizations through Exempt Organizations Select Check.
You may deduct a charitable contribution made to, or for the use of, any of the following organizations that otherwise are qualified under section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code:

  • A state or United States possession
  • A community chest, corporation, trust, fund, […]