Tag: Tax Rate

Goffstown, NH Business Owner Looks for Clarification

Only businesses classified as corporations can deduct charitable donations on their business tax return.  These contributions to charity cannot be more than 60% of the adjusted gross income.  Business owners for other types, including sole proprietorships and partnerships, can deduct charitable contributions on their own personal tax return.

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How to Reduce Taxes from the Sale of Property

Hudson, NH Resident Looks to Lessen Future Tax Burden

Profit from the sale of a home will fall under capital gains and be taxed accordingly.  If your property has increased in value significantly since the time of purchase, you may be hit with a large and unexpected tax burden.  The difference of what was paid for the home initially and the selling price, less closing costs, real estate commissions, and other fees is considered capital gains.  If you have lived in the residence for at least two of the past five years you can exempt $250,000 and $500,000 for married couples filing jointly.  Any profit exceeding this amount can be subjected to the capital gains tax.

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What are Some Tax Credits for Employers?

Litchfield, NH Business Owners Looks for Advice

As a small business owner there are some important tax credits that can save you money, including the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.  This credit, worth up to $9,600 per employee, is for veterans, long-term unemployed individuals who have been actively looking for work for 27 weeks or longer, and those receiving assistance from TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) or SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).  Those small businesses that offer health care to employees may be eligible for the Small Business Health Care Credit, which can cover up to 50% of healthcare premiums paid by the company for employees’ healthcare.

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Can Business Meals Be Used as a Tax Deduction?

Amherst, NH Business Owner Has Questions

In 2018 the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminated the ability for businesses to deduct entertainment and recreation expenses.  However, the Business Meal Tax Deduction was not eliminated with this change.  To qualify for this deduction the meal expense may not be lavish or extravagant, as subjectively determined.  The taxpayer or an employee of the taxpayer must be present at the meal and the food and drink must be provided to a business associate.

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Milford, NH Resident Has Questions

Self-employed individuals can claim office supplies on their taxes.  This includes printer ink, paper, pens and pencils and other everyday supplies that are used for business purposes.  Individuals that work for an employer are not eligible for this type of deductions.  Instead, you should be able to seek reimbursement from your employer for out-of-pocket expenditures for office supplies.

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Hollis, NH Resident Seeks Help

The American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) allows a maximum $2,500 per child per year for those paying for an undergraduate tuition.  This credit can only be used for qualifying expenses that are not being paid with a 529 distribution.  The Lifetime Learning Credit offers a maximum credit of up to $2,000.  The Lifetime Learning Credit is not restricted to undergraduate study and can be used in graduate programs as well.

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Hollis, NH Residents Wonders How New Job Will Affect Her Tax Filing

Living and working in different states can pose an interesting challenge when filing taxes.  In most cases you will need to file multiple tax returns, a resident tax return for that state that you live in and a non-resident return for the state where you work.  Filing two separate tax returns does not mean that you will have to pay two separate tax bills.  On your resident state tax return you will report your tax liability from your non-resident tax return.  All states allow filers to claim a tax credit based on taxes paid to other states.

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When Do You Stop Paying Social Security Tax?

Nashua, NH Residents Looks for Answers

Social Security taxes are taken out of an employee’s paycheck in the form of FICA (Federal Insurance Contributions Act).  This tax covers both Social Security and Medicare.  In general, everyone working and earning a paycheck will need to pay this tax.  Very high earners will max out their Social Security contribution before the end of the year, only to have it resume after the new calendar year.  The maximum taxable wage for 2022 is $147,000.  Any income in excess of this will not have the FICA tax withheld.

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How Will the Child Care Deduction Affect Your Taxes?

Nashua, NH Resident Looks for Answers

Child tax credit payments began over the summer and will continue through the year for qualifying families.  When you go to file your 2021 taxes, you will only be eligible for half of the normal child care credit because the other half was already received throughout the second half of 2021.  Since the deduction is based off of your 2020 income, a significant increase in your income may leave you owing some of the money back to the IRS if it exceeds the thresholds set. 

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Amherst, NH Resident Looks for Answers

If you receive a large sum of money, the tax rate will depend on why you received the money.  Money that is received through the lottery or other winnings is generally taxed at your standard tax rate.  When the windfall is received because of selling real estate properties or a business, the rate will usually fall under the long-term capital gains rate, if the assets have been in your possession long enough.  Money received as an inheritance may be subject to the inheritance tax depending on the state you live in.  New Hampshire does not have an estate tax.

An Amherst resident recently received a large amount of money from his employer.  Concerned about how this would affect his taxes at the end of the year, he sought the advice of Merrimack Tax Associates.

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