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Year-End Personal Financial Planning Considerations

Year-End Personal Financial Planning Considerations

The end of the year presents a unique opportunity to look at your overall personal financial situation. With factors like tax reform, life changes or just working towards your goals, now is an especially important time to review things. Taking what we now know about the new tax law and weaving together all of the other areas of your personal finances is one of the key ways AAFCPAs Tax and... continue reading

AAFCPAs Releases 2018-2019 Tax Planning Guide for Businesses & Individuals

AAFCPAs Releases 2018-2019 Tax Planning Guide for Businesses & Individuals

Although you cannot avoid taxes, you can take steps to minimize them. This requires proactive tax planning, including estimating your tax liability, looking for ways to reduce it, and taking timely action. In 2018, tax planning is more complicated than usual. Most provisions of the massive Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) go into effect this year, and as a result we may need to change some of your tax... continue reading

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations on Charitable Contributions and State and Local Tax Credits

The IRS recently released proposed regulations addressing the state and local itemized tax deduction, available to individual taxpayers on their Federal tax returns.  The regulations also apply to trusts and decendents’ estates. Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the state and local tax deduction (consisting primarily of income, real estate and other property, and certain sales taxes) is capped at $10,000 annually, beginning in 2018.  Several states have implemented... continue reading

Charitable Planning After the TCJA Tax Law Changes

Charitable Planning After the TCJA Tax Law Changes

It can be argued that the most sweeping changes to the tax code in the past 30 years occurred last December, with the passing of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (TCJA). AAFCPAs Wealth Management urges clients to carefully consider charitable planning now. Charitable giving, in some instances, may not provide the same tax benefit as it once did. We would like to highlight planning techniques to consider in response... continue reading

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules Millionaire Tax Unconstitutional

AAFCPAs would like to make clients aware that a proposed ballot question seeking to impose a 4% surtax on Massachusetts individuals on the portion of taxable income exceeding $1 million has been ruled unconstitutional by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC). Individuals with income below this threshold were not to be affected. The proposed ballot question was linked to a specific allocation of how the funds raised by this provision... continue reading

Financial and Estate Planning Opportunities Related to the New Tax Law

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“The Act”) reflects a widespread change not seen in over 30 years. The architects of the legislation hoped this tax overhaul would allow a simplification of the US tax code. Unfortunately, what is clear since the bill’s signing is the additional complexity, and most provisions have taken effect immediately in 2018. AAFCPAs Wealth Management provides the following general outline for clients and friends of... continue reading

AAFCPAs’ Tax Practice Recommends Individual Tax Planning Considerations with Respect to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

On Friday, December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) (the “TCJA”). The final legislation is lengthy and complex, and the AAFCPAs tax practice recommends the following individual tax planning considerations. As mentioned in a previous blog, the law specifically disallows the strategy of prepaying 2018 state income taxes before December 31, 2017. Prepayment of some property taxes may be advisable for taxpayers not... continue reading

AAFCPAs Advises Clients on Year End Tax Savings Strategies in Response to Tax Bill Conference Report

On Friday, December 15, Congress released the contents of the Conference Report to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The bill requires a final vote this week in both the House and Senate, at which point it will be sent to the White House for the President’s signature. The stated goal is to have the bill signed prior to Christmas. One area that has generated much discussion is the $10,000... continue reading

AAFCPAs Wealth Management Shares Proactive Strategies for Investors in a Strong Market

AAFCPAs Wealth Management is constantly reviewing market conditions to be thoughtful, disciplined, and opportunistic to changes that occur over time.  Market volatility is not something you can control, but how you position yourself now will have a lasting impact. The US financial market is strong. Rejoice! The bull market continues for the past eight years since the great recession.  Good markets allow us to grow and squirrel away money before... continue reading

AAFCPAs Highlights Provisions in Proposed Tax Legislation and Planning Opportunities for Businesses & Individuals

The US House of Representatives’ tax writing committee has released its first draft of proposed tax legislation. Many of its provisions have been the subject of news articles and debate. Highlights include the following: Limitation of the mortgage interest deduction to $500,000 of new debt Capping the deduction for property taxes to $10,000 Eliminating the deduction for state income taxes Doubling of the standard deduction to $24,000 for joint filers... continue reading