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Southbourne Tax Group Review: How to properly handle your taxes as a property investor

Posted by penningbeal16 on August 01, 2017
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For many years, Southbourne Group has been involved in giving a dependable tax service to businesses and individuals, thus it aims to give helpful tips especially to property investors through this article. And as their first friendly reminder, it is really important to have a complete and correct tax return as a property investor.

A complete and right tax return is essential for landlords because they often come under inspection when submitting returns. Keep in touch with your accountant to discuss matters regarding on what can and can’t be claimed as a tax deductible expense. This way, you can make sure about the legitimacy of all claims, as well as maximized tax return amount. Southbourne Tax Group also suggests hiring a tax specialist because one can be of great help in making your taxes easier. Don’t stop reading because more tips are provided below.

Offsetting the net loss generated by negative gearing against other income could reduce tax payable. As a landlord, you can claim the interest if a property is available for rent, however, if the given situation is that a property is lived for half a year and then leased as a holiday rental for the other half, you can’t claim the interest for the full 12 months.

See to it that you have the appropriate coverage when checking your insurance policy. Experts also said that a standard home and contents insurance policy won’t cover certain risks included in property investing. You surely have costs you are rightfully entitled to, so make sure not to forget them.

If you are one of those self-managing landlords, you surely have costs from working at home, and the good thing is that you can claim a reasonable part of them. It’s also a good option to hire a property manager because its costs can be a deductible expense.

Moreover, property managers can build a potential tax benefit while assisting the organization at the same time. They are also capable of taking good care of the administrative responsibilities included in an investment property as well as compiling and completing significant paperwork.

Handling your taxes properly can help you avoid huge problems on your taxes and as a property investor, Southbourne Tax Group hopes that those mentioned above gave you even a bit of help.

 

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Southbourne Tax Group Review: How to avoid doing taxes wrong as a property investor

Posted by penningbeal16 on July 24, 2017
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Property investors should know how important it is to settle their tax returns correctly. The following are some tax tips prepared by Southbourne Tax Group to help you avoid having errors on your taxes.

When lodging tax returns, landlords usually come under inspection from the government so it is really crucial for them to have complete and accurate returns. In order to determine what can and can’t be claimed as a tax-deductible expense, Southbourne Tax Group suggests consulting your accountants as a landlord. With this, all claims are ensured legitimate and the tax return amount is maximized.

If you seek to make taxes easier as a landlord, it would be better to get the professional advice of a tax specialist. It is sometimes unavoidable to have tax-time stress but just continue reading and Southbourne Tax Group has a few more tips for you.

Negative gearing: In order to reduce the tax payable, the net loss which generates from negative gearing should be offset against other income. If a property is available for rent, landlords can claim the interest. However, you can’t claim the interest for the full 12 months of a property that is lived in for half a year and leased as a holiday rental for the other half.

Insurance: Making sure that you have the right coverage in checking your insurance policy is also important. Landlords won’t be covered for particular risks involved in property investing with a standard home and contents insurance policy.

Expenses: Southbourne Tax Group suggests not forgetting to claim the costs you are duly entitled to. As mentioned before, before submitting your claim, confirm first with your accountant on what can and cannot be claimed.

Offsetting costs: Are you one of the self-managing landlords? Working from home and its costs could be claimed as well, but not all since only a fair and reasonable part of it can be deductible.

Property manager: The cost of property managers can be a deductible expense said experts and they can be helpful to landlords as well. Landlords can save time by hiring a property manager because they can create a potential tax benefit while assisting with the organization at the same time.

Moreover, the administrative responsibilities included in an investment property can be taken good care of a trusted property manager, so with the help of such professional, the tax-time burden can surely be lessened.

You can contact Southbourne Tax Group today to know more steps on how to avoid doing taxes wrong with their proper tax guidance and service.

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Southbourne Tax Group Review – How to Handle Taxes Easier as a New College Graduate

Posted by penningbeal16 on June 13, 2017
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Welcome to the real world” You probably heard this lot of times as a fresh college graduate. Indeed, expect a huge wave of life changes to come your way, which has huge effects at tax time as well. Southbourne Tax Group understands your worries so the following few ways were prepared to save money or even get a refund during filing time, which can also make taxes easier for you.

If your modified adjusted gross income is below $80,000 as a single filer, or $160,000 for married couples filing jointly, $2,500 of the interest portion of student loan payments can be tax-deductible. And if the loan is in your name but your parents make the payments, you can still qualify for the tax break.

If you are searching for a job in a new career field or a full-time work for the first time, you can’t deduct your job hunt expenses. However, major tax breaks are possible if you are moving to a new city for that first job, Southbourne Group needs you to ensure checking the rules first.

You can begin with your retirement savings if you contribute to your company’s 401(k) and up to $18,000 can be secured from income taxes each year. Moreover, contributions to a health savings account could secure another $3,400 each year if you’re single and $6,750 if you have a family coverage, and if you’re also enrolled in a high-deductible health plan. You can keep an additional $2,600 out of your taxable income if you put money into a flexible spending account.

As a new college graduate, you can claim big deductions for business expenses if you are planning to freelance or be your own boss. Southbourne Tax Group suggests saving 25% of what you earn for the IRS.

Southbourne Group also needs you to be familiar with Lifetime Learning Credit. You are able to claim a tax credit of up to $2,000 every year for post-secondary work at eligible educational institutions if your modified adjusted gross income is below $65,000 (single filers) or below $131,000 (married filing jointly). A single class will do, you don’t need to be in a degree program.

Cutting your tax bill is also possible by saving. Qualifying for Saver’s Credit is likely if you’re single and have an adjusted gross income of less than $31,000 (or $62,000 if married and filing jointly). With this, your tax bill can be reduced up to 50% of the first $2,000 (for single filers) or $4,000 (married filing jointly) you contribute to an eligible retirement plan.

Southbourne Tax Group also needs you to remember not to overpay for tax software or professional human help. If you have a simple tax situation then you can use the free packages offered by many tax software companies. With little or no cost, you can get a professional help from the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program or other related programs.

 

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Southbourne Tax Group Review – Kuinka vähentää vero aika stressiä tuhatvuotinen

Posted by penningbeal16 on May 31, 2017
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Taloudellisen vastuun päällä opintolainaa ja muut sijoitukset sekä puolella huijaat. Todellakin että tuhatvuotinen, sinulla on paljon mielessä. Ja stressi saattaa kummittelemaan jättäessään omia veroja.

Olet varmaan kuullut tämän paljon kertaa ennen mutta asiantuntijatkaan löytää tärkeää edistää 401 (k) suunnitelma säästää veroja ja sijoittaa oman eläkkeelle. Southbourne ryhmän kieltoa pyrkiä ja antaa ohjeita tähän hankkeeseen ja tämän artikkelin – yhtiön tavoitteena on antaa millennials muutamia perusohjeita vero aikaa stressin vähentämiseksi.

Muista määräaika veroja kuin se oma syntymäpäivä. Tehdä tärkeitä asioita liittyvät verot tiesi ennen määräaikaa. Päättää täysin tallentaa veroja, pyytää pidennystä tai hakea maksun lainaa. Se on koska oikean tunnisteen ilmoittamatta puuttuu määräajan olet luotettava, seuraamuksia ja myöhästymismaksuja.

Ajattele, joiden oikea vero ohjelmisto. Ottaa yksinkertainen verotustilannetta voi tarkoittaa myös mahdollisuus käyttää DIY vero ohjelmisto ohjelma arkistointi veroja helposti. IRS tarjoaa ilmainen ohjelmisto ihmiset ovat $ 64 000 tai vähemmän tuloja auttaa heitä tiedoston veronsa veloituksetta.

Anteeksi puolella touhu vastaavia kustannuksia. Arkistointi veroja päivä työtä voidaan helposti mutta jos teet myös puolella huijaat on erityisesti huomioitavia seikkoja. Puolella touhu kulut (e. g. laitteet tai tarvikkeet) tileistä ja kustannukset voidaan vähentää veroilmoituksessa vähentää veronalaista tuloa.

Hyödyntää koulutuksen verosäästöjä. Liittyvät koulutuksen kustannukset ovat enimmäkseen verovähennyskelpoisia, mutta jos olet epävarma asiasta, voit saada ammattiapua vero asiantuntija tai ohjeiden vero ohjelmisto. Listaa kaikki korkea-asteen koulutuksen kulut tunnistaa kumpi olet pätevä.

Tiedustele säästäjän luotto. Jotta voidaan kannustaa ihmisiä laittaa rahaa poistotilillä IRS tarjoaa yhtiöveron hyvitys kutsutaan säästäjän luotto. Vuoden lopussa oman verosumma voitaisiin suuresti vähentää tämän. Se myös määrittää asetella brutto-ansio summa olet pätevä.

Etsitkö uusi työ ja sen kustannukset voitaisiin myös vähentää. Jos uusi työ on nykyinen ura kenttä, voit vaatia verovähennyksestä.

Merkitse kalenteriisi ja anna riittävästi aikaa valmistautua arkistointi veroja. Southbourne alv-ryhmä odottaa järjestetään aikataulussa ja vastuussa tehnyt asioita oikein.

Laskelmat on tehtävä tarkkaan ja huomiota. Pieni virhearvioinneista tai virheitä voi aiheuttaa valtavia virheitä. Voit myös luottaa DIY vero-ohjelmat ja sen sisäänrakennettuja ominaisuuksia, varmista, että ALV-tiedot ovat oikein, kuitenkin aina lopullinen tarkistaa itse.

Southbourne ryhmä tarvitsee sinua oppia vähennykset ja hyvitykset voit ehkä kelpuutettu myös. Luottaa ilmainen resurssien arkistointi veroja voi olla myös avuksi. Loppujen lopuksi olisi parempi olla paniikkia ja yksinkertaisesti tehdä kaikkemme valmistella etukäteen.

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The Southbourne Tax Group: 7 Tips For Preventing Invoice Fraud

Posted by penningbeal16 on March 09, 2017
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The Accounts Payable department is a prime target for fraud. Criminals looking to exploit your business take advantage of AP departments buried in paperwork to submit phony invoices and hope they’ll slip by as legitimate.

A single fraudulent invoice might not impact your company too much. However, over time invoice fraud can become quite a costly problem. Foiling invoice fraud is often frustrating, but implementing these tips will significantly reduce the risk of your company falling victim.

1) Employ 3-Way Matching

If you can match each invoice to a purchase order and receipt of goods, then you’re much less likely to pay a fraudulent invoice. Most fraudsters won’t bother fabricating three separate documents.

2) Watch Invoice Amounts

Amounts on invoices can provide clues that the invoice isn’t on the up-and-up. If your company requires additional review for invoices over $1,000 (for example), checks squeaking by right under that threshold (such as $999.98) should raise suspicion.

3) Keep Up Moral

Invoice fraud can come from inside the company or from an outside source. Happy employees are unlikely to commit fraud and more likely to catch fraud from outside sources. If they don’t have reason to complain, then they’re more likely to care about doing right by the company.

4) Check On Vendors

Fraudulent invoices are typically issued under fake business names or use a legitimate name but a fake address or bank account number. You’ll want to look up any new vendors to make sure they’re legitimate and find the address on Google maps. If the address is residential or a post-office box, that’s a big red-flag. Also, check-in with your existing vendors directly if their account information changes.

5) Track Invoice Activity

If you’re tracking invoice activity, you’ll be able to notice when something changes. For example, one vendor typically submits 5 to 10 invoices a month and suddenly you see 50 from them in a single month. It might be legitimate, but you’ll still want to get in touch with them and double-check.

6) Implement “Fuzzy Matching”

Duplicate payments are one way to commit invoice fraud – fraudsters submit a near-perfect copy of a legitimate invoice and hope no one notices one payment is going to a different account number. Sometimes they’ll also change date, invoice number, or amount. You’ll need a program that allows for “fuzzy matching” to catch near-duplicates as well as identical invoices.

7) Employ Automation

Automation in the AP department gives you the tools you need to more effectively implement all these other tips for preventing fraud. It’s probably the single most important step you can take to stop invoice fraud.

With NextProcess’ AP Automation Software, you instantly get detailed insight into everyday invoice processing. Our software automates invoice processing according to your custom specifications. It can catch many sorts of suspicious invoices on its own and gives you the tools you need to more easily track invoice activity and check on vendor information. On top of that, automation software is easy to use and frees up employees for more interesting work. It’s a win-win for the company and everyone in the AP department.

Additional resources for business accounting tips are available here.

 

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The Southbourne Tax Group: Adjustments After Nuptials – Tax Tips!

Posted by penningbeal16 on March 06, 2017
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June had the reputation as being THE wedding month of the year and flowers were everywhere. Now it seems like wedding season goes from early spring to late summer. Whether they’re traditional with a bunch of flowers or have a Harry Potter theme, weddings strive to be a happy occasion for all parties involved and guests invited. They can also, however, be quite stressful! Between trying to plan a wedding, staying within budget, finding the perfect dress and finalizing plans, it can be an overwhelming task! Not to mention that two people’s lives are going to change, so it’s understandable that a few things might fall to the wayside.

While trying to choose the right flowers for the bouquet, which flavor of cake to have, and planning a seating chart, no one really has time to think about everything they need to do after festivities and honeymoon. Besides, who wants to think about name changing forms when a sandy beach with fruity drinks is calling their name? There’s other important things to do, too, like writing thank you notes and trying out all the new gadgets family and friends gave you.

When the fun dies down, though, we’re here to give all newlyweds a friendly reminder of tedious tasks to consider and or do once they’re married. So first things first! Some people really like the whole name change idea that is associated with getting married; you know, at some point we all tried out how our name would flow with some hottie we admired by scribbling it all over our school notebooks.

A new name can be exciting, but keep in mind that for tax purposes, your name, social security number and tax return all have to match. Therefore, take a few minutes to report your new name to the Social Security Administration and file a Form SS-5. Make sure you have a copy of your driver’s license or passport and your marriage certificate because you’ll need them. Lastly, the SSA will take about two weeks to process the name change so try not to make your name change too close to the tax season because data sharing between the IRS and the SSA can be problematic towards the end of the year.

Another tip to keep in mind is to make sure your address is up-to-date if you move after the nuptials. There are some types of federal and certified mail that the postal service won’t forward to a new address. Seems like a no brainer, but for newlyweds coming fresh off a honeymoon and go right into a big move, it can be easy to forget to notify the postal service. Further, report to your employer any name or address changes to make sure you receive your Form W-2 after the end of the year.

Now here’s the nitty gritty; filing a tax return after you’re married. The combined income for you and your spouse could potentially put you in a new tax bracket. If that’s the case, use the IRS Withholding Calculator to see if you need to file a new Form W-4 for your employer. Then, make sure you choose the right tax form to fill out. Being married, you’ll have enough deductions to itemize your return rather than take standard deductions. Finally, decide which filing status will be most beneficial for you.

For most married couples, there’s a lower tax liability for filing jointly, but the married filing separate option could be more beneficial. For instance, if your spouse has past debt with the IRS or another agency, filing separate will prevent any refund the spouse may get from being used to offset the debt. These little details are easy for anyone to overlook, but as they say, the devil is in the details. Making sure things like names changes and filing correctly are taken care of well before tax time will save you from of heck of a headache!

With all of that out of the way, enjoy the honeymoon period and enjoy being blissfully married!

Additional resources for business accounting tips are available here.

 

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The Southbourne Tax Group: Voices Preventing tax-related ID theft

Posted by penningbeal16 on February 27, 2017
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As the owner of a small tax office business, I see tax-related identity theft among others often, but when it happened to my employees as well, I decided to expand the responsibilities of my business to become tax protectors as well as tax preparers. To do this, I needed to educate not only my employees and clients, but first, myself. I was then able to take action that has provided positive results and empowered employees and a loyal customer base.

Tax-related identity theft happens when a taxpayer’s Social Security number is obtained from someone else and used to file a tax return claiming a refund. Thieves may also use a stolen Employee Identification Number from your business clients to create fake W-2s. Both of these actions could support fraudulent refund schemes.

For example, earlier this year at Tampa General Hospital, an employee with access to the personal health information of thousands of patients was found guilty of illegally accessing the personal information of more than 600 patients between June 2011 and December 2012. That information was used to file 29 false tax returns of refunds totaling over $226,000.

So my first step was to become intimately familiar with Publication 5199, Tax Preparer Guide to Identity Theft, and IRS.gov. Most of the information I organized into steps derived from these resources. This helped me to formulate actions when identity theft happens or when fraud is suspected, and finally what measures to take in prevention. My next step was to lay out separate procedures for reporting and prevention.

In either instance, I directed all employees and recommended to clients that they become familiar with the Federal Trade Commission Web site, www.identitytheft.gov, for reporting fraud or protecting their credit.

For prevention of identity theft and fraud, I made it policy for all my employees to mark out the Social Security number and direct deposit bank account information when providing physical copies of returns to clients. This was the most obvious weakness, as it could allow someone simple access in obtaining a Social Security number just through viewing someone’s return. Secondly, I provided referral information to them regarding securing their credit with fraud alerts or a security freeze through the three major credit bureaus, Experian, Equifax and TransUnion. This was something that each employee and client needed to do independently.

Last and most important, I made it mandatory for all tax preparers to obtain certification with the Internal Revenue Service. This was actually easier to implement, as I offered to reimburse my employees for their training and testing. Having certified preparers turned out to be a valuable investment all around as it not only increased their knowledge, but also their job satisfaction.

These are some specific steps I started looking for as warning signs before reporting:

1. When you receive an IRS reject code of R0000-902-01 for one of your clients, this indicates the Social Security number was already used in a previous return.

2. The IRS reports that your client has a balance due, refund offset or a collection action taken for a year in which they did not file.

3. IRS records indicate that your client received wages from an unknown employer.

4. Your business client receives an IRS notice about an amended return, fake employees, or about a bogus business. (Note: The IRS will only communicate with your clients by postal mail. They will never use e-mail or phone!)

5. Lastly, I directed all employees to closely examine all tax forms (i.e., W-2s, 1099s and so on) for physical tampering or alterations, excessive income or federal income tax withheld.

For actual reporting, I took these actions:

1. Instructed employees and clients to never ignore any IRS notice they receive in the mail, and to bring it to the office as soon as possible for action.

2. Assisted employees and clients in completing Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit, and faxing or mailing it to the IRS.

3. Requested clients provide a power of attorney on file so I may speak directly to the IRS on their behalf. (I’m working on my Enrolled Agent certification, as this will remove the necessity for this step.)

The last couple of tax seasons have shown that these actions are a win-win for my clients, my tax preparers and my business. Employees are empowered to get real help to our clients on a topic we were not previously prepared for.

I have applied these steps not only to my employees and clients, but to their families, friends and people I’m just meeting for the first time.

These aggressive and direct steps show how much we care, and knowing that someone cares goes a long way in keeping employees and clients reassured during a stressful situation and eventually getting them the help they need. This makes all involved happier and has shown a growth in returning customers.

Establishing identity theft protection and recovery action plans for my employees and clients certainly worked for me. It went a long way to establishing and maintaining positive and trusting relationships.

Make a plan and protect your internal and external interests. Doing so could go a long way in securing your business growth, but most importantly guard against this industry threat.

Additional resources for business accounting tips are available here.

 

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The Southbourne Tax Group: Tips on having an efficient tax appointment

Posted by penningbeal16 on February 23, 2017
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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)–Sandy Furuya with Wamhoff Financial Planning and Accounting provides tips to help you be ready for your tax appointment and make it a productive, stress-free experience.

What should I bring?

• As a general rule of thumb, it’s always best to bring too much than not enough. So if in doubt, bring it with you! This list includes:

1. Tax forms you`ve received from employers, vendors, or government authorities: w-2s, 1099s

2. Statements from your brokerage and investment accounts (many of these 1099s do not arrive until February or later, and many are not final)

3. Receipts and supporting materials for business-related expenses

4. Forms or receipts related to moving, childcare, education, medical expenses, home mortgage, etc.

5. Social security card for any new dependents

6. Mileage logs

7. Home office deductions

8. Any changes that will affect the future year

9. Any notices you`ve received from the government, including your IP pin if you`ve had identity theft

10. Voided check for direct deposit of your refund. This year, your tax professional must verify this information and sign off on it.

• If you’re working with a new tax firm, you can call ahead and discuss what they need. You’ll typically be asked to bring the prior two year’s returns and potentially other items.

Other things to know and do:

• Make a list ahead of time with questions you have for your tax professional. This helps to ensure a productive meeting, and helps you receive the most comprehensive tax advice.

• Many tax professionals have an organizer they can provide which will assist you in gathering your information. Ask for it and use it!

• Be aware that the IRS will be delaying refunds this year until mid-February for people claiming the earned income tax credit, additional child tax credit, or the american opportunity tax credit. In addition, your tax preparer will be required to complete a due diligence checklist form 8867 as required by the path act.

• There are new id and refund fraud safeguards put in place by the IRS and states which will cause additional review of tax returns.

• After filing, you can use ‘where`s my refund’ tool at IRS.gov, or the IRS2go mobile app to check on the status of your federal refund.

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