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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year!

Wishing you a Happy New Year from all of us at Gardner & Billing! May 2020 bring you health, happiness and hope. 
Our office will close at noon today and reopen 
with regular hours on Thursday, January 2nd.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Get Ready for Taxes: What to do before the tax year ends Dec. 31

WASHINGTON –The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers there are things they should do now to get ready for the tax-filing season ahead.

Charitable Contributions

For most taxpayers, Dec. 31 is the last day to take actions that will impact their 2019 tax return. For example, those who plan to itemize deductions should know that charitable contributions are deductible in the year made. Donations charged to a credit card before the end of 2019 count for the 2019 tax year, even if the bill isn’t paid until 2020. Checks to a charity count for 2019 if they are mailed by the last day of the year.

Retirement Plans and Contributions
Taxpayers who are over age 70 ½ are generally required to take distributions from their individual retirement accounts and workplace retirement plans by the end of 2019. However, a special rule allows those who reached 70 ½ in 2019 to wait until April 1, 2020, to receive them.

Most workplace retirement account contributions should be made by the end of the year, but taxpayers can make 2019 IRA contributions until April 15, 2020. For 2019, the basic limit for 401(k) contributions is $19,000, plus another $6,000 for those who are at least age 50.

For 2019, total contributions to all traditional and Roth IRAs cannot exceed $6,000, or for taxpayers age 50 and older, $7,000. Taxpayers should check IRS.gov for more information about contribution limits, as well as cost-of-living adjustments affecting pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2019.

Update address to Ensure You Receive All Necessary Tax Forms

Taxpayers who moved during 2019 should tell the US Postal Service, employers and the IRS. Notify the IRS by mailing IRS Form 8822, Change of Address, to the address listed on the form’s instructions. Taxpayers who purchase health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace should also notify the Marketplace when they move out of the area covered by their current plan.

For name changes due to marriage or divorce, notify the Social Security Administration so the new name will match IRS and SSA records. Also notify the SSA if a dependent’s name changed. A mismatch between the name shown on a tax return and SSA records often causes refund delays.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Broadus Christmas Stroll

Join us on Friday, December 6th 
for the Broadus Christmas Stroll! 
 
Catch the sites and sounds of Who-Village outside on the big screen, then come inside for food, fun and crafts with Who-ville characters from 2-7pm! 
Plus, bid in our annual Christmas wreath auction to benefit the Kid’s Food Bag Foundation.