Items you donate may not qualify for a deduction

It used to be that you could take all your unused clothing and household items to the local Goodwill, Salvation Army, or thrift store and reap a nice charitable contribution deduction.

All you needed was a receipt stating the fair market value and the deduction was allowed. The rules have changed for any donation of noncash items to charitable organizations after August 17, 2006.

A charitable contribution deduction of clothing or household items will only be allowed if the item is in good used condition, or better, and you have a receipt. The IRS can deny a deduction for any item that has little monetary value. There is an exception for single items that have a value of more than $5000 and for which you have a qualified appraisal.

Tax Tips Small Business

  • Reimbursing Your Employees for Business Expenses

    What method should you choose?

    Attracting and keeping good employees is a goal in any business. One way to make life easier for your employees is to have an easy to use reimbursement plan. Travel, transportation, moving, and educational expenses are common reimbursable expenses. As the employer, you have the option to set up an accountable or nonaccountable reimbursement plan. Under either plan, you can deduct many of the business expenses paid to or for employees. However, the plan you choose can make a big difference to your employees.

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Small Business Quick Tip

  • SS Wage Base

    The Social Security wage base increases to $118,500 in 2016. This means that you are no longer required to withhold social security tax for employees after meeting this threshold. However, you are required to withhold Medicare taxes regardless of the amount of wages paid.
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Tax Tips Personal

  • Refinancing Your Home Mortgage

    What's deductible and what's not?

    While there are benefits to refinancing your home mortgage, most refinancing costs are not deductible on your tax return. There is one exception, however. The amount you pay for points, or prepaid interest, may be amortized over the life of your new loan. Although this might not amount to much when you spread it out over 15, 20, or 30 years, don't file away your closing papers quite yet.

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Personal Quick Tip

  • Mileage Rates

     

    Beginning January 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (including vans, pickups, or panel trucks) are:
    • 53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven;
    • 17 cents per mile for all miles driven for medical or moving purposes; and
    • 14 cents per mile for all miles drive for charitable purposes.