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With year-end upon us, we have included some important tax planning strategies to help lower your tax liability, added coverage of important recordkeeping tips and other useful strategies.

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Year-End Planning Strategies to Lower Your Taxes

The following is a checklist that might help you save taxes if you act before the year’s end. Not all strategies will apply to everyone, but many clients will benefit from more than one item. Not all available strategies are listed either.
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Tips to Avoid Tax Penalties for 2014

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season and the time when we begin to think about family get-togethers, holiday gift sharing and parties.
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Recordkeeping Tips to Keep the IRS Away

With the ever-increasing complexity of our tax system, it is commonplace for many small businesses to make mistakes with bookkeeping and filing. One way to avoid making errors is to be aware of the most commonly encountered pitfalls. Here are some tips to help keep the proper records.
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Avoid Tax Surprises: Report Life Changes to the Marketplace

If you are enrolled in insurance coverage through a government Health Insurance Marketplace, it is important that you report certain changes to the marketplace when they happen, such as changes to your household income or family size and other issues that affect your eligibility for and the amount of the advance premium tax credit (APTC). The APTC is used to reduce the amount you must pay for your monthly health insurance premiums.
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Failed to Report Your Foreign Financial Assets? The IRS’s Streamlined Voluntary Filing Compliance Program May Be for You.

If you are a U.S. taxpayer who has not reported your foreign financial assets on your tax returns and you can certify that the reporting failure and nonpayment of all tax due related to those assets did not result from willful conduct on your part, you can come into compliance with the IRS by doing the following:
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Writing Off Your Start-Up Expenses

Business owners, especially those operating small businesses, may deduct up to $5,000 of their start-up expenses in the first year of the business’s operation. This is in lieu of amortizing the expenses over 180 months (15 years).
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Using Statements in QuickBooks - The Basics

Most small businesses use invoices for billing customers. But there are times when you may want to send statements instead of – or in addition to – invoices.
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Disclaimer: The tax advice included in this newsletter is an overview of some complex tax rules and is not intended as a thorough in-depth analysis of the tax issues discussed. Do not act on the information included in this newsletter without first determining how these issues apply to your particular set of circumstances and if there are any special tax laws or regulations that might apply to your situation.
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