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September 8, 2017

The ABCs of the Tax Deduction for Educator Expenses

At back-to-school time, much of the focus is on the students returning to the classroom — and on their parents buying them school supplies, backpacks, clothes, etc., for the new school year. But let’s not forget about the teachers. It’s common for teachers to pay for some classroom supplies out of pocket, and the tax…More

September 7, 2017

Larger Deduction Might Be Available to Businesses Providing Meals to Their Employees

When businesses provide meals to their employees, generally their deduction is limited to 50%. But there are exceptions. One is if the meal qualifies as a de minimis fringe benefit under the Internal Revenue Code. A recent U.S. Tax Court ruling could ultimately mean that more employer-provided meals will be 100% deductible under this exception….More

September 1, 2017

Yes, You Can Undo a Roth IRA Conversion

Converting a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA can provide tax-free growth and the ability to withdraw funds tax-free in retirement. But what if you convert a traditional IRA — subject to income taxes on all earnings and deductible contributions — and then discover that you would have been better off if you hadn’t converted…More

August 31, 2017

Illinois Kids Campaign Update

From the desk of State Rep, Kelly Burke, a loyal Crusader mom and a huge advocate for us in Springfield. Dear Principals and Presidents: I hope the school year is off to a great start. I am writing to give you an update on the progress of the Illinois Kids Campaign. Earlier this summer, the…More

August 31, 2017

Could Captive Insurance Reduce Health Care Costs and Save Your Business Taxes?

If your business offers health insurance benefits to employees, there’s a good chance you’ve seen a climb in premium costs in recent years — perhaps a dramatic one. To meet the challenge of rising costs, some employers are opting for a creative alternative to traditional health insurance known as “captive insurance.” A captive insurance company…More

August 28, 2017

How to Determine if You Need to Worry About Estate Taxes

Among the taxes that are being considered for repeal as part of tax reform legislation is the estate tax. This tax applies to transfers of wealth at death, hence why it’s commonly referred to as the “death tax.” Its sibling, the gift tax — also being considered for repeal — applies to transfers during life….More

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