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John Stohlman, CFP® & Laura Stohlman, CFP®
With the Tax Cuts and Job Act of 2017, Congress and the President changed the tax rules significantly. In fact, this was the largest overhaul of the tax code since 1986 under Ronald Reagan. In general, most people will save some money on their tax bill, while a few will pay more. The 2017 tax year was the last time you could file under the old tax-code so your 2018 Tax Return will follow the new rules.
Under the tax reform, the standard deduction was nearly doubled to $12,000 for single filers and $24,000 for joint filers. Meanwhile, some itemized deductions were eliminated or limited. The Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that the number of filers who itemize will decline from 46.5 million in 2017 to just over 18 million in 2018, meaning about 88 percent of the 150 million households that file taxes will take the increased standard deduction. Therefore, fewer will itemize expenses such as property taxes and charitable donations. Charities are concerned that the changes in tax deductibility for those using the standard deduction may result in fewer contributions. Because of these many changes, you may be collecting receipts hoping to take a deduction that no longer exists or has been limited. Let’s take a look: (continue reading here)
John Stohlman, CFP® & Laura Stohlman, CFP®
Under the new tax law, the ability to deduct charitable gifts remains intact! However, a couple of major factors of the new tax law will affect the number of taxpayers who will still be able to benefit from the deduction, namely:
Because of these modifications, many more people will take the standard deduction, which means far less will itemize their expenses (such as property taxes and charitable donations). It is estimated that the number of taxpayers who itemize could be as low as 8-10%! Charities are concerned that the changes in tax deductibility for those using the standard deduction will result in fewer contributions. Ideally, people donate to charity to help their communities, churches, and other causes. However, there are many who are also motivated by the tax deduction. Here are a few tax-advantaged ideas of what individuals can do to benefit their charities: (continue reading here)
Laura's dedication to putting her client’s first, pursuing their best interest and making a difference in their lives began over 35 years ago. As an independent financial advisor, she helps her clients to achieve their personal and financial goals through money management or insurance as needed. She is a published author of Navigating Your Federal Benefits, designed specifically for Government employees. Laura’s faith give her her passion for serving her clients and her community believing what it says in Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,” — She also works with community outreach programs, enjoys ballroom dancing and fishing. READ MORE.
John Stohlman has been assisting his clients with Investments, Insurance and as a financial consultant specializing in retirement and estate planning for over 30 years. He is a published author of Navigating Your Federal Benefits, designed specifically for Government employees. John’s Mission is helping his clients identify their deepest values, set personal & financial goals, and manage the complex decisions and risks involved in achieving them. He also enjoys working with community outreach programs, ballroom dancing, fishing, racketball and walking the dog. READ MORE.
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With the Tax Cuts and Job Act of 2017, Congress and the President changed the tax rules significantly. In fact, this was the largest overhaul of the tax code since 1986 under Ronald Reagan. In general, most people will save some money on their tax bill,....READ MORE NOW!
Under the new tax law, the ability to deduct charitable gifts remains intact! However, a couple of major factors of the new tax law will affect the number of taxpayers who will still be able to benefit from the deduction...READ MORE NOW!