The tax deduction ins and outs of donating artwork to charity

If you collect art, appreciated artwork can make one of the best charitable gifts from a tax perspective. In general, donating appreciated property is doubly beneficial because you can both enjoy a valuable tax deduction and avoid the capital gains taxes you’d owe if you sold the property. The extra benefit from donating artwork comes from the fact that the top long-term capital gains rate for art is 28%, as opposed to 20% for most other appreciated property. To maximize your deduction, plan your gift carefully and follow all the rules. Contact us at Tax@FitMoneyCPA.com to learn more.

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The tax impact of the TCJA on estate planning

The massive changes the TCJA made to income taxes have garnered the most attention. But the new law also made major changes to gift and estate taxes. While the TCJA didn’t repeal these taxes, it did significantly reduce the number of taxpayers who’ll be subject to them by more than doubling the gift and estate tax exemption. Yet factoring taxes into your estate planning is still important. First, the higher exemptions are only temporary. Second, you still may face state estate tax. Third, tax-smart estate planning can reduce income tax. Questions? Schedule a consultation.

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You might save tax if your vacation home qualifies as a rental property

If you own a vacation home and both rent it out and use it personally, classification as a rental property might save tax. Expenses attributable to a rental property aren’t subject to the TCJA’s tightened limits on itemized deductions for property tax and mortgage interest, and losses may be deductible. A rental property generally is one you use for 14 days or less, or under 10% of the days you rent it out, whichever is greater. Adjusting use between now and year end can ensure it’s classified as a rental property. Contact us for details 502-454-2755.

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Do you need to make an estimated tax payment by September 17?
To avoid interest and penalties, you must make sufficient income tax payments long before your April filing deadline through withholding, estimated tax payments or both. The third 2018 estimated tax payment deadline for individuals is Sept. 17. If you don’t have an employer withholding tax from your pay, you likely need to make estimated tax payments. But even with withholding, such payments can be necessary if you have more than a nominal amount of income from self-employment, investments, alimony, awards, prizes or other sources. Contact us at 502-454-2755 to learn more.

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