The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 includes COVID-related relief in the form of the COVID-related Tax Relief Act of 2020 (COVIDTRA) and the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 (TCDTR). COVIDTRA and TCDTR include multiple provisions impacting businesses and individuals to provide relief and stimulate the economy.
Articles about the benefits of meditation are everywhere these days, and for good reason. 2020 was an unusually stressful year, and people are looking for non-addictive, healthy ways to manage their stress and anxiety.
Even though 2020 has been a challenge for everyone in very personal and different ways, I believe that one commonality we all share is that it has reminded us to cherish what we do have and review/revise our life priorities.
It’s the end of the year and your to-do list is a mile long. The last thing on your mind is your finances. Still, they deserve a good look before the close of the year. While we cannot help you with the cooking, cleaning and gift buying, we can help with your financial to-do list.
As we approach the end of the year and the holiday season, we seem to be bombarded with opportunities for charitable giving. Happily, many of us answer this call and donate generously to our favorite charitable organizations. Your generosity may also be beneficial at tax time if you remember a few IRS guidelines for charitable contributions …
Student loan debt reached $1.6 trillion in June of 2020. This is close to 10% of the U.S. gross domestic product. How did we get here, and what options do families have for financing higher education?
Benjamin Franklin has a famous quote: “… nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” A more modernized quote would probably include the mention of debt!
One silver lining amid recent events is that market interest rates have declined, resulting in lower mortgage rates. Mortgage rates are sensitive to the 10- year Treasury note, which had a near-record low 0.66% yield as of Sept. 30, 2020, down over a full percentage point from an already low 1.73% one year ago. If you have not refinanced recently, we suggest you consider it now.
Personally, there is nothing more relaxing and exhilarating than being on a sailboat with a 15-knot wind on your beam (side), listening to the soft sounds of water splashing against the bow and using wind energy to propel the boat forward.
Debt can sure come in handy when buying a major asset like a house or car or managing unexpected expenses. Thankfully, the interest you pay on this debt can often provide a helpful deduction on your tax return. However, the IRS is very specific regarding the situations where interest is or is not deductible. The rules can be quite complex, so a discussion with your tax professional is always a good idea. Here are several typical examples of how the IRS treats interest payments.