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Your Canceled Debt Could Be Taxable

Generally, debt that is forgiven or canceled by a lender is considered taxable income by the IRS and must be included as income on your tax return. When that debt is forgiven, negotiated down (when you pay less than you owe), or canceled you will receive a Form 1099-C, Cancellation of Debt, from your financial institution or…

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Deducting Business-Related Car Expenses

If you’re self-employed and use your car for business, you can deduct certain business-related car expenses. There are two options for claiming deductions: Actual Expenses. To use the actual expense method, you need to figure out the actual costs of operating the car for business use. You are allowed to deduct the business-related portion of costs…

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Special Tax Breaks for Members of the Armed Forces

Active members of the U.S. Armed Forces should be aware that there are special tax benefits available to them such as not having to pay taxes on some types of income or more time to file and pay their federal taxes. If you’re an active member of the armed forces, here’s what you should know…

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Recordkeeping Tips for Small Business Owners

The key to avoiding headaches at tax time is keeping track of your receipts and other records throughout the year. Whether you use an excel spreadsheet, an app, an online system or keep your receipts organized in a folding file organized by month, good record-keeping will help you remember the various transactions you made during…

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Choosing a Legal Entity for Your Business

If you’ve decided to start a business, one of the most important decisions you’ll need to make is choosing a legal entity. It’s a decision that impacts many things–from the amount of taxes you pay to how much paperwork you have to deal with and what type of personal liability you could face. Even if…

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Stephen Eller joins Jarrard, Nowell & Russell as staff accountant

Charleston, S.C. — Jarrard, Nowell & Russell, LLC, a Charleston-based accounting and business advisory firm, has added Stephen Eller as staff accountant to its downtown Charleston location.   As staff accountant, Eller will handle a variety of financial procedures, including general ledger entries, bank reconciliations, and tax return preparation.  Prior to joining Jarrard, Nowell &…

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Filing an Amended Tax Return: What You need to Know

If you discover a mistake on your tax return after you’ve already filed, don’t panic. In most cases, all you have to do is file an amended tax return. Here’s what you need to know. Taxpayers should use Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, to file an amended (corrected) tax return. An amended tax…

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Tax Tips for Students with a Summer Job

Are you a student with a summer job or the parent of a student with a summer job? Here are seven things you should know about the income earned by students during the summer months. All new employees fill out a W-4 when starting a new job. This form is used by employers to determine…

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EIN application Process Revised to Enhance Security

Starting May 13, 2019 only individuals with tax identification numbers may request an Employer Identification Number (EIN) as the “responsible party” on the application. An EIN is a nine-digit tax identification number assigned to sole proprietors, corporations, partnerships, estates, trusts, employee retirement plans and other entities for tax filing and reporting purposes. The change prohibits…

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Delinquent Tax Debts Could Affect Passport Renewal

As a reminder, individuals with “seriously delinquent tax debts” are subject to a new set of provisions courtesy of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, signed into law in December 2015. These provisions went into effect in February 2018. The FAST Act requires the IRS to notify the State Department of taxpayers the IRS…

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