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5 Ways to Prepare for a Recession

August 2, 2022

The signs seem to be pointing in one direction these days, so if you’re worried about being ready for a recession, consider taking these five measures. On paper, a recession is a fall in GDP for two consecutive quarters. Unfortunately, the actual GDP report lags the quarter-end by at least a month and is constantlyRead more…

Series 6: Miscellaneous

July 26, 2022

If a taxpayer secures a low-interest disaster loan from the Small Business Administration, what effect will it have on calculating a casualty loss? A low-interest disaster loan from the Small Business Administration must be repaid and therefore does not reduce the casualty loss amount.  However, any amounts of the loan which are cancelled or forgivenRead more…

Series 5: Property & Casualty Loss

July 13, 2022

Casualty Loss Several concerns have been raised by taxpayers and tax professionals about casualty loss valuations. Will the IRS continue to research and develop specific answers to these issues?   While we cannot address every question received about property valuation issues, the IRS wants to express to the public that we recognize the extraordinary damageRead more…

Series 4: Payments

June 28, 2022

  Penalty & Interest  Is there any interest relief for taxpayers who have balances due that arise during the disaster relief period for prior year returns? No. The IRS will not abate interest on balances due on liabilities for prior years. However, the IRS will consider waiving late payment penalties when the reason for theRead more…

How to Download Documents from your PPL Client Portal

June 15, 2022

A video guide on downloading your documents from the PPL Website’s secure client portal.  These step by step instructions will get you from login to downloading your documents. We hope you find this video useful and informative.

Series 3: Extension of Time to File

June 14, 2022

If you file for an extension on your individual tax return prior to the April 15th deadline, your new date for filing is October 15th.  If the parish/county that you reside in, or your tax preparer resides in, is declared a federal national disaster area the IRS can postpone filing and payment obligations for theRead more…

Series 2: Amended Returns

June 7, 2022

  Can I choose to deduct a federally declared natural disaster loss in the preceding tax year? Generally, you can elect to deduct a disaster loss in the year you sustain the loss.  This is recognized as the disaster year. The disaster year is generally the year in which the disaster occurred but may beRead more…

Series 1: Reconstructing Records, Disaster Relief Applicability & Current Address

June 1, 2022

Reconstructing records after a disaster may be essential for tax purposes, getting federal assistance or insurance reimbursement. After a disaster, taxpayers might need certain records to prove their loss. The more accurately the loss is estimated, the more loan and grant money there may be available. For taxpayers who have lost some or all ofRead more…

Looking For a Longer-Term Savings Plan?

April 6, 2022

Series I Bonds Could Be The Right Choice A savings or money market deposit account is best for quick cash, but I Bonds can fit into a longer-term savings plan. With interest rates on most savings accounts and certificates of deposit paying under 1%, the 7.12% composite rate on newly issued Series I savings bondsRead more…

Charitable Contribution Deduction for 2021

February 9, 2022

  The Internal Revenue Service has a special tax provision regarding charitable contributions that allows the maximum (up to $600) for married individuals filing joint returns. Individual tax filers, including married individuals filing separate returns can easily deduct up to $300 for cash contributions made to qualifying charities during 2021. Individuals who choose to takeRead more…