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Month: March 2017

Estate planning and taxes

Careful estate planning can be used to reduce the tax burden on assets that are intended for the next generation. Georgia residents may want to know if estate planning is necessary if the federal estate tax will be repealed as promised by the current presidential...

Why less IRS audit rates may not be good

According to reports, the Internal Revenue service has announced that the amount of tax audits it normally conducts will be greatly reduced for the 2016 tax year due to the low number of IRS workers and budget cuts. In fact, the chances a taxpayer will be audited has...

Cancelled debt and taxes

Georgia residents who have had all or part of their debt canceled by a lender normally have to report the amount as taxable income. However, for mortgage debt that has been canceled, homeowners may be able to take advantage of a tax exclusion. If the canceled debt was...

5 ways to reduce your business taxes

As the owner of a small business, tax season is not likely to be your favorite time of year. Not only is it a complicated process to file your individual taxes, but now you must ensure that your business taxes meet federal guidelines and that you avoid an audit...

Tax audit rate falls again in fiscal 2016

Tax audits are down for the fifth straight year according to information from the Wall Street Journal. In fiscal year 2016, just .7 percent of returns were audited, which translates to about one audit for every 143 returns. That was the lowest volume of audits since...

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