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Your Stuff & Your Permissions
When you use our Services, you provide us with things like your files, content, messages, contacts, and so on ("Your Stuff"). Your Stuff is yours. These Terms don’t give us any rights to Your Stuff except for the limited rights that enable us to offer the Services.
We need your permission to do things like hosting Your Stuff, backing it up, and sharing it when you ask us to. Our Services also provide you with features like eSign, file sharing, email newsletters, appointment setting and more. These and other features may require our systems to access, store, and scan Your Stuff. You give us permission to do those things, and this permission extends to our affiliates and trusted third parties we work with.
Sharing Your Stuff
Our Services let you share Your Stuff with others, so please think carefully about what you share.
You’re responsible for your conduct. Your Stuff and you must comply with applicable laws. Content in the Services may be protected by others’ intellectual property rights. Please don’t copy, upload, download, or share content unless you have the right to do so. We may review your conduct and content for compliance with these Terms. With that said, we have no obligation to do so. We aren’t responsible for the content people post and share via the Services.
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You may use our Services only as permitted by applicable law, including export control laws and regulations. Finally, to use our Services, you must be at least 13, or in some cases, even older. If you live in France, Germany, or the Netherlands, you must be at least 16. Please check your local law for the age of digital consent. If you don’t meet these age requirements, you may not use the Services.
Some of our Services allow you to download client software (“Software”) which may update automatically. So long as you comply with these Terms, we give you a limited, nonexclusive, nontransferable, revocable license to use the Software, solely to access the Services. To the extent any component of the Software may be offered under an open source license, we’ll make that license available to you and the provisions of that license may expressly override some of these Terms. Unless the following restrictions are prohibited by law, you agree not to reverse engineer or decompile the Services, attempt to do so, or assist anyone in doing so.
We sometimes release products and features that we are still testing and evaluating. Those Services have been marked beta, preview, early access, or evaluation (or with words or phrases with similar meanings) and may not be as reliable as other non-beta services, so please keep that in mind.
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What & Why
We collect and use the following information to provide, improve, and protect our Services:
Account information. We collect, and associate with your account, the information you provide to us when you do things such as sign up for your account, opt-in to our client newsletter or request an appointment (like your name, email address, phone number, and physical address). Some of our Services let you access your accounts and your information via other service providers.
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Bases for processing your data. We collect and use the personal data described above in order to provide you with the Services in a reliable and secure manner. We also collect and use personal data for our legitimate business needs. To the extent we process your personal data for other purposes, we ask for your consent in advance or require that our partners obtain such consent.
We may share information as discussed below, but we won’t sell it to advertisers or other third parties.
Other users. Our Services display information like your name, profile picture, device, and email address to other users in places like your user profile and sharing notifications. You can also share Your Stuff with other users if you choose. When you register your account with an email address on a domain owned by your employer or organization, we may help collaborators and administrators find you and your workspace by making some of your basic information—like your name, workspace name, profile picture, and email address—visible to other users on the same domain. This helps you sync up with workspaces you can join and helps other users share files and folders with you. Certain features let you make additional information available to others.
Workspace Admins. If you are a user of a workspace, your administrator may have the ability to access and control your workspace account. Please refer to your organization’s internal policies if you have questions about this. If you are not a workspace user but interact with a workspace user (by, for example, joining a shared folder or accessing stuff shared by that user), members of that organization may be able to view the name, email address, profile picture, and IP address that was associated with your account at the time of that interaction.
Law & Order and the Public Interest. We may disclose your information to third parties if we determine that such disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (a) comply with any applicable law, regulation, legal process, or appropriate government request; (b) protect any person from death or serious bodily injury; (c) prevent fraud or abuse of our platform or our users; (d) protect our rights, property, safety, or interest; or (e) perform a task carried out in the public interest.
Stewardship of your data is critical to us and a responsibility that we embrace. We believe that your data should receive the same legal protections regardless of whether it’s stored on our Services or on your home computer’s hard drive. We’ll abide by Government Request Policies when receiving, scrutinizing, and responding to government requests (including national security requests) for your data:
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Retention. When you sign up for an account with us, we’ll retain information you store on our Services for as long as your account is in existence or as long as we need it to provide you the Services. If you delete your account, we will initiate deletion of this information after 30 days. But please note: (1) there might be some latency in deleting this information from our servers and back-up storage; and (2) we may retain this information if necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, or enforce our agreements.
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EU-U.S. Privacy Shield and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield. When transferring data from the European Union, the European Economic Area, and Switzerland, We rely upon a variety of legal mechanisms, including contracts with our customers and affiliates. We comply with the EU-U.S. and Swiss–U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information transferred from the European Union, the European Economic Area, and Switzerland to the United States.
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It has been a busy time for tax-related news and upcoming changes. We have compiled many of the tax changes, deductions and tax rates for easy reference year round. It is more important than ever to plan ahead and review your options to maximize your financial results. Also please visit our side-by-side comparison of 2017 tax law and and the recently enacted "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act."
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CHANGES AFFECTING 2018
Congress in December of 2017 passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that made sweeping changes to the tax laws. The issues impacting individuals and small businesses are included throughout this pocket tax guide. The following are changes not covered elsewhere in the guide.
Itemized Deductions – Congress made some substantial changes in the area of deductions by almost doubling the standard deduction (shown elsewhere in this guide) while limiting and eliminating portions of the itemized deductions:
Moving Expense Deduction - After 2017, moving expenses and non-taxable employer reimbursement are suspended through 2025. However, the current treatment for moving expenses is allowed to continue for members of the Armed Forces on active duty who move pursuant to a military order.
Child & Dependent Tax Credits - The child tax credit increases in 2018 to $2,000 (up from $1,000) with up to $1,400 being refundable. The earned income threshold is reduced to $2,500 (down from $3,000 in 2017) allowing more taxpayers to qualify for the credit. A child must be under the age of 17 and have a Social Security number issued before the return due date to qualify for credit. In addition a non-refundable tax credit of $500 is available for each non-child dependent that does not qualify for the child tax credit.
The AGI thresholds at which the credit begins to phase out are substantially increased: to $400,000 for married filing jointly and $200,000 for all other taxpayers, up from $110,000 for married joint, $55,000 for married separate and $75,000 for all others.
Discharge of Student Loan Indebtedness – Current law excludes from income the discharge of debt where the discharge was contingent on the student working a specific period of time in certain professions and for certain employers. This provision is modified to also exclude income from the discharge of indebtedness due to death or permanent disability of the student.
Alimony - For divorce agreements entered into after December 31, 2018, alimony won’t be deductible by the payer and won’t be income to the recipient.
IRA Recharacterizing Rule – The Act repeals the special rule that allows IRA contributions to one type of IRA (either traditional or Roth) to be recharacterized as a contribution to the other type of IRA. Thus, for example, under the provision, a conversion contribution establishing a Roth IRA during a taxable year can no longer be recharacterized as a contribution to a traditional IRA (thereby unwinding the conversion). The provision is effective for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017.
Net Operating Loss – The Act eliminates the 2-year carryback, except for certain farm losses, after 2018. Beginning after December 31, 2017, the NOL deduction is limited to 80% of taxable income (determined without regard to the NOL deduction) for losses arising in taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017.
Luxury Auto Limits for Business Autos – The Act increased the luxury auto depreciation deduction limits for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and subsequent years with year 1 increased to $10,000 and year 2 to $16,000.
Deduction for Pass-Through Income - Generally for tax years beginning after Dec. 31, 2017 and before Jan. 1, 2026, the Act adds new Code Sec. 199A, "Qualified Business Income," under which a non-corporate taxpayer, including a trust or estate, who has qualified business income (QBI) from a partnership, S corporation, or sole proprietorship is allowed a deduction for pass-through income for the purpose of computing the taxpayer’s income tax.
HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL TAX RATES AND TABLES TO REFERENCE YEAR-ROUND. (Bookmark this page for quick reference)
EXEMPTIONS & STANDARD DEDUCTIONS
Personal & Dependent Exemption: Not allowed under the new tax law
Standard Deductions are as follows:
An additional standard deduction of $1,300 is allowed for each married elderly (age 65 and over) or blind individual. If elderly and blind, the additional standard deduction is $2,600. Single individuals (elderly or blind) are allowed an additional standard deduction of $1,600. The requirement that higher-income taxpayers phase out their total itemized deductions when their AGI exceeds a specified threshold amount is suspended for 2018 through 2025.
SOCIAL SECURITY (OASDI), MEDICARE & SELF-EMPLOYMENT TAXES
Wage Base for Soc. Sec. & Self-Employment Tax (2018): $128,400
Wage Base for Medicare Hospital Insurance – no limit
*Old age, survivor and disability insurance portion of social security tax.
**Self-employed individuals are allowed to take an income tax deduction for 50% of the self-employment tax.
***Add 0.9% to rate when income exceeds $200,000 ($250,000 for married joint taxpayers, $125,000 if MFS filer)
SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS
EARNINGS TEST – SS benefits of an individual who is under the full retirement age (66) are reduced when earnings from working exceed: $17,040/yr.
MAXIMUM RETIREMENT BENEFIT – The maximum retirement benefit for workers retiring in 2018 at age 66 (full retirement age): $2,788/mo.
TAXATION THRESHOLDS – A certain % of an individual’s SS benefits are taxed when his or her provisional income* exceeds certain threshold amounts:
*Provisional income generally includes adjusted gross income plus nontaxable interest plus one-half of social security benefits.
**If married filing separately and lived with spouse at any time during the year, 85% of SS benefits are taxed.
Special rates (capital gain rates) apply to gains attributable to sale of capital assets held for more than a year.
CAPITAL GAIN RATES: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act altered the regular individual tax rates, which the capital gains rates were previously tied to. So the Act created a separate rate schedule for capital gains tax. The table below illustrates the CG tax rates by filing status and range of income within the filing status.
EXCLUDED FROM THE 0%, 15% AND 20% RATES:
Gain attributable to real property depreciation: 25% Max
Gain attributable to collectibles & qualified small business stock: 28% Max
MAXIMUM ANNUAL NET LOSS DEDUCTION: $3,000 ($1,500 MFS filers)
NETTING SHORT-TERM (ST) AND LONG-TERM (LT) GAINS & LOSSES:
ST gains and losses are netted as are LT gains and losses. Then the two are netted together, with the result being either a net ST or LT gain or loss. Taxpayers, when possible, can achieve a better overall tax benefit by offsetting short-term capital gains with long-term capital losses, thus offsetting higher-taxed
profits with lower-taxed losses.
LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE DEDUCTIONS
The maximum deductible amounts of long-term care premiums are based on age and for 2018 are:
The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act altered the way children under age 19 and full time students under age 24 who have unearned income are taxed. For 2018 these children will file their own tax returns with earned income taxed at the single rates and unearned income taxed at the very high tax rates for estates and trusts which hits 37% at income of $12,500. The standard deduction for these children is the greater of the following two amounts but not exceeding the standard deduction for singles ($12,000 in 2018):
TRADITIONAL IRA – MAX DEDUCTION & LIMITS
Maximum Contribution & Deduction for 2018: $5,500 ($6,500 if age 50 & older) (1) The deduction is ratably phased out for higher income individuals who actively participate in an employer-sponsored plan and/or whose spouse is an active plan participant. The following are the phase-out ranges based on Modified AGI:
Contributions must be made by the due date of the tax return, NOT including extensions. Contributions are NOT allowed upon reaching age 70.5 (however contributions to SEP IRAs are allowed after age 70.5).
ROTH IRA – MAX DEDUCTION & LIMITS
Maximum Contribution for 2018: $5,500 ($6,500 if age 50 & older) (1)
There is no tax deduction for contributions to a Roth IRA, there is no tax on qualified distributions, and the accounts benefit from tax-free accumulation. The contributions are ratably phased out for higher income individuals. The following are the phase-out ranges based on Modified AGI:
Contributions must be made by the due date of the tax return, NOT including extensions. Contributions ARE allowed after age 70.5 (must have earned income).
(1) The $5,500 and $6,500 limits apply to the combined Traditional and Roth IRA contributions of the individual for the year.
RETIREMENT PLANS – CONTRIBUTION LIMITS
SE Defined Contribution Plans: Lesser of 25%(1) of compensation or $55,000.
SEP Plans: Lesser of 25%(1) of compensation or $55,000. 401(k) and 403(b) Plans Elective Deferrals: $18,500 ($24,500 age 50+) (2) (3)
SIMPLE Plans Elective Contributions: $12,500 ($15,500 age 50 and over) (3)
Defined Benefit Plans: Max annual benefit: $220,000
Highly Compensated Employee Status Threshold: $120,000 (4)
Key Employee Status Threshold: $175,000
(1) Effectively 20% of net self-employment income.
(2) The annual contribution to all of an employee’s retirement accounts, including elective
deferrals, employee contributions, employer matching, discretionary contributions and
forfeiture allocations cannot exceed the lesser of 100% of compensation or $55,000.
(3) Maximum compensation that can be considered in determining employer and employee
contributions (employer matching contribution for SIMPLE Plans) is $275,000 ($120,000
for highly compensated employees).
(4) Includes 5% owners and at employer’s election 20% of the top paid employees.
SAVING FOR EDUCATION
Source: Collegeboard.org Note: College costs increased at a rate of about 3.5% over the prior period for both public and private institutions.
Three tax plans are provided to save funds for a child’s education. Contributions to them are NOT tax deductible. The tax benefit is the account earnings that accrue tax deferred are free from tax if used for qualified education expenses.
Coverdell Account – The annual contribution limit for 2018 is $2,000 per student. Funds can be used not only for higher education but also for Kindergarten through grade 12. Contributions must be made by the April due date for filing the return. The contribution limit is ratably reduced to zero for Joint filers with MAGI between $190K and $220K and $95K and $110K for others.
Sec 529 Plan – The total contribution per student is only limited by the projected cost of the student’s planned education. The donor’s annual contribution is generally predicated on donor’s gift tax issues. Generally each donor can contribute up to the annual gift tax exclusion ($15,000 in 2018) per year without gift tax implications. In addition the exemption amount for the next four years (total $75,000 in 2018) can be contributed at one time (generally in the earlier years to benefit from increased earnings). Funds can only be used for post-secondary education, except the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act allows up to $10,000 per year to be used for elementary and high school education expenses beginning in 2018.
Savings Bonds – A taxpayer who pays qualified higher education expenses with redemption proceeds from Series EE or I Bonds issued after 1989 may be able to exclude the bonds’ income. To qualify the bonds must have been purchased when the individual was at least age 24 and redeemed at the time of the education expense for the taxpayer, spouse, or dependent. The income exclusion phases out for joint filers with a MAGI between $119,550 and $149,550 ($79,700 and $94,700 for others).
STANDARD MILEAGE DEDUCTIONS
The amounts shown are the $/mile during 2018.
PER DIEM RATES*
*Reflects rates in effect since 10/1/2017, using the simplified method of determination.
The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act allows 100% unlimited expensing of tangible business assets (except structures) acquired after September 27, 2017 and through 2022. Applies when a taxpayer first uses the asset (can be new or used property). The addition of this provision eliminates the need for Sec 179 expensing until 2023.
INCOME TAX RATES – CORPORATIONS
The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act established a flat corporate tax rate of 21% beginning in 2018.
TRUST & ESTATE INCOME TAX RATES
UNIFIED ESTATE & GIFT TAX SCHEDULE
2018 ANNUAL GIFT TAX EXCLUSION - $15,000
Each individual is allowed an annual gift tax exclusion of $15,000 per donee for 2018 (up from the $14,000 that has been in effect since 2013), with no limit to the number of donees. These gifts are not deductible by the giver nor are they taxable to the donee. Gifts in excess of the exclusion must be reported on a gift tax return. Gifts in excess of the exclusion are taxable but are offset with the Unified Estate and Gift Tax Credit until that credit is used up. Any amounts used to offset the gift tax will reduce the amount of credit available for the giver’s estate tax.
2018 INCOME TAX RATE SCHEDULE – INDIVIDUALS
MARRIED TAXPAYERS* – Joint/Surviving Spouse (SS)
* Married separate (MS) use 1/2 of the joint dollar amounts.
HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD
ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX (AMT) - INDIVIDUALS
The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act substantially increased both the AMT exemptions and the exemption phase out threshold which will substantially reduce the number of taxpayers affected by the AMT in 2018.
Tax Rate 26% of AMT income to.........$191,500*
28% of AMT income over.................. $191,500*
*$95,750 for married taxpayers filing separately
ESTIMATED TAX PAYMENTS
To avoid possible underpayment penalties, taxpayer is required to deposit by withholding or estimated tax payments an amount equal to the lesser of:
2018 TAX CALENDAR
$1 LUMP SUM AT VARIOUS RATES
(Future Value of $1, Compounded Annually)
Example: If you invest $10,000 at an interest rate of 6%, at the end of 30 years you will have $57,430 ($10,000 multiplied by 5.743).
$1 PER YEAR AT VARIOUS RATES
(Future Value, Compounded Annually)
Example: If you put $1,000 at the end of each year in an investment paying 6% a year compounded annually, at the end of the 30th year, you will have $79,058 saved ($1,000 x 79.058).
Assume a planned retirement age of 60. Based on average statistics, you will need to accumulate retirement assets by age 60 to last for 24.2 yrs.
* Life expectancy rates based on the IRS Unisex Single Life Tables.
TAXABLE-EQUIVALENT YIELD OF MUNICIPAL BONDS BASED ON VARIOUS FEDERAL INCOME TAX BRACKETS
Example: A taxpayer in the 24% tax bracket would have to purchase a taxable investment yielding more than 3.3% to outperform a 2.5% tax-free investment.
The information provided is an abbreviated summary of tax and financial information for the 2018 tax year and only includes law changes through December 2017. Pending or future tax legislation and regulations could alter contents of this brochure. The accuracy and completeness of this information is not guaranteed. Specific questions relating to your specific tax or financial situation should be directed to your tax and financial advisor.
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