IRS: October 17th Deadline

September 21, 2022By Smeriglio Associates LLCNews

If you requested an extension from the IRS to file your 2021 tax return, the Oct. 17 deadline is coming up soon. Taxpayers who asked for an extension should file on or before the deadline to avoid a late-filing penalty. Although Oct. 17 is the last day for most people to file, certain taxpayers may … Read More

Is your current bad debt allowance reasonable?

September 20, 2022By Smeriglio Associates LLCNews

In today’s volatile market conditions, it’s important to review your accounts receivable ledger and consider writing off stale, uncollectible accounts. The methods that you’ve used in the past to evaluate bad debts may no longer make sense. Here’s how to keep your allowance up to date. Know the rules Under the accrual method of accounting, … Read More

Inflation Reduction Act Information

September 20, 2022By Smeriglio Associates LLCNews

The Biden administration has rolled out a new webpage for taxpayers to learn more about how to claim various energy tax credits under the Inflation Reduction Act. CleanEnergy.gov serves to educate the public on incentives available for home energy conservation upgrades, including weatherization, rooftop solar systems and electric appliance installation. For each credit, the page … Read More

Leave a lasting legacy with a family education trust

September 16, 2022By Smeriglio Associates LLCNews

Providing for the educational needs of your children, grandchildren and even future generations is an honorable estate planning objective. What are your options for achieving this goal? A 529 plan can be a highly effective tool for funding tuition and other educational expenses on a tax-advantaged basis. But after your death, there’s no guarantee that … Read More

Avoid these 4 estate planning pitfalls

September 15, 2022By Smeriglio Associates LLCNews

No one likes to contemplate his or her own mortality. But ignoring the need for an estate plan or procrastinating in the creation of one is asking for trouble. If you haven’t started the process, don’t delay any longer. For your estate plan to achieve your goals, avoid these four pitfalls: Pitfall #1: Failing to … Read More

You shouldn’t amend a will yourself

September 14, 2022By Smeriglio Associates LLCNews

Let’s assume you have a legally valid will but you’ve decided that it should be revised because of a change in your family’s circumstances. Perhaps all you want to do is add a newborn grandchild to the list of beneficiaries or remove your adult child’s spouse after a divorce. These are both common reasons to … Read More

IRS: Backlog Progress

September 14, 2022By Smeriglio Associates LLCNews

How is the IRS progressing through its tax return processing backlog? As of Aug. 19, the IRS reports that it had 8.7 million unprocessed individual tax returns received in calendar year 2022. Among the returns are 1.7 million that contain errors or require special handling, while 7 million are paper returns that still must be … Read More

IRS: Lifetime Learning Credit

September 13, 2022By Smeriglio Associates LLCNews

It’s that time of year when students are starting or returning to college or trade school. Higher education is expensive, but taxpayers who take post-high school coursework in 2022 (or who have dependents taking such coursework) may qualify for one of two tax credits that can reduce their tax bills. The American Opportunity Tax Credit … Read More