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Virtual currency, or cryptocurrency, is a digital representation of value that can be exchanged for goods and services or held for investment. These currencies include Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum and many others. For Bitcoin, if a taxpayer "mines" the virtual currency, it needs to be included in gross income at the fair market value upon receipt or discovery of the currency. The character of the income depends on the intended purpose of the currency.

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In response to the federal tax bill signed into law on Dec. 22, 2017, New York state governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, signed an emergency executive order allowing individuals the ability to prepay next year's New York property taxes. The order is intended to protect taxpayers from the impact of the GOP tax bill, which caps the deductibility of state and local taxes at $10,000. By allowing individuals to pay a portion or all of their 2018 property taxes in 2017, the executive order aims to provide individuals with options as a result of the tax bill's negative financial impact.

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With the impending decrease of the corporate tax rate to 21 percent, is it time to change your entity structure to a C corporation? There is no quick answer to this question. Each taxpayer is in a unique situation that would have to be evaluated in order to make the determination of which taxing structure is proper for that taxpayer.

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With the tax bill almost complete, the estate and gift tax exemption will double to approximately $11,000,000 in 2018 for an individual or $22,000,000 if you are married.

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by the House and Senate this week widens current tax brackets and almost doubles the standard deduction, but also limits or repeals some itemized deductions. Beginning in 2018, the Act increases the standard deduction to $24,000 for married-filing joint filers, $18,000 for head-of-household filers and $12,000 for all others.

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act significantly limits the amount an individual can deduct as an itemized deduction for state and local taxes. The maximum amount a taxpayer may claim as an itemized deduction is $10,000 ($5,000 for a married taxpayer filing a separate return) for the aggregate of (i) state and local property taxes and (ii) state and local income taxes (or sales taxes in lieu of income taxes).

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Each year, the IRS sends millions of letters to taxpayers for many different reasons. Here some useful tips for taxpayers on how to handle receiving one of these letters.

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Unforeseen events are just that...unexpected. You started out your career on the right path and began the process of saving for your retirement. Then life throws you a curveball and you realize you will need to access those funds much sooner than you expected. If you have not reached the age of 59½, you will be subject to taxation on withdrawal of those funds and get hit with a 10 percent early distribution penalty.

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced that the maximum amount of wages subject to the 6.2 percent Social Security tax (old age, survivor and disability insurance) for 2018 will rise from $127,200 to $128,700. The increase of just over one percent is a lot less than the seven percent jump from 2016 to 2017.

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A Roth IRA can be an attractive investment over a traditional IRA in a couple of different ways: it gives taxpayers the opportunity to avoid tax on their IRA distributions and a Roth is not subject to required minimum distribution rules. When converting a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA, a taxable event occurs and taxpayers must pay tax on their conversion amount as if it were ordinary income.

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