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To Expense or Depreciate Your Capital Assets? A Tax-Smart Decision

The world of capital assets can be a complex landscape, especially when it comes to making decisions about expensing or depreciating. In this blog post, we’ll unravel the intricacies of this choice, shedding light on considerations, and offering guidance in alignment with the Federal Tax Code.

Understanding the Basics: Expense vs. Depreciation: Before diving into the decision-making process, it’s crucial to distinguish between expensing and depreciating a capital asset.

  • Expense: This involves deducting the full cost of the asset in the year of purchase. Ideal for assets with a short lifespan, typically one year or less.
  • Depreciation: Spreading the cost of the asset over its expected useful life. Suited for assets with a longer lifespan, enabling a gradual deduction over several years.

Federal Tax Code Implications: Understanding the Federal Tax Code is fundamental in making informed decisions about capital assets.

  1. Tax Benefits: Depreciation often provides tax advantages, allowing for deductions over several years and potentially lowering taxable income annually.
  2. Section 179 Deduction: Consider the immediate expense deduction under Section 179 for qualifying assets. This can be a valuable tool for businesses, with limitations outlined in the tax code.
  3. Bonus Depreciation: Explore the option of bonus depreciation, offering an additional deduction in the year the asset is placed in service, subject to specific conditions.

Factors Influencing the Decision:

  1. Asset Lifespan: Tailor your decision to the anticipated lifespan of the asset. Shorter-lived assets may benefit from expensing, while longer-lived assets align well with depreciation.
  2. Cash Flow: Evaluate your current cash flow. Expensing provides an immediate deduction, advantageous for businesses mindful of liquidity.
  3. Nature of the Asset: Certain assets, like machinery or vehicles, may have established depreciation guidelines in the tax code. Adhering to these guidelines ensures compliance.

What Should You Do and How to Do It?

  1. Assess Asset Lifespan: Evaluate how long you expect the asset to remain in service. For shorter lifespans, expensing may be favorable; for longer lifespans, depreciation is often more appropriate.
  2. Consult Tax Professionals: Seek advice from tax professionals who can provide tailored recommendations based on your unique business circumstances.
  3. Stay Informed on Tax Code Changes: Regularly update yourself on changes in the Federal Tax Code, particularly in Section 179 and bonus depreciation, to optimize your tax strategy.
  4. Record-Keeping: Maintain accurate records of asset details, purchase costs, and depreciation calculations. This ensures compliance and simplifies reporting.

As you stand at the crossroads of expensing or depreciating a capital asset, remember that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Your decision should align with the specifics of your business, financial goals, and the ever-evolving Federal Tax Code. Stay informed, seek professional advice, and tailor your strategy to suit your unique circumstances.

If you are grappling with the decision on expensing or depreciating a capital asset, our expert team is ready to assist. Contact us today for personalized guidance and ensure your strategy aligns seamlessly with the complexities of the Federal Tax Code.
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Mastering Your Finances: A Comprehensive Guide for Tax Season 2024

Welcome to a new year filled with possibilities! As we step into 2024, it’s time to equip ourselves with the knowledge and strategies needed to conquer the upcoming tax season. In this comprehensive guide, tailored for both individuals and small business owners, we’ll delve into key aspects to ensure a smooth and successful filing for the 2023 tax year.

Gathering Essential Tax Information for 2023 Filing As the tax season kicks in, the first crucial step is gathering essential documents. Reviewing W-2s, 1099s, K-1s, and other relevant paperwork is paramount. Be proactive in ensuring accuracy, and don’t hesitate to communicate with issuers for any necessary corrections. Accuracy now sets the foundation for a stress-free filing later.

Organizing Records Effectively for a Seamless Filing Process To ensure a seamless filing process, it’s essential to organize records effectively. Consider transitioning important information from the previous year and embrace digital record-keeping tools. By maintaining order throughout the year, you’ll transform your tax season experience into a smoother, more efficient process.

Setting an April 15th Reminder – Your Tax Milestone April 15th isn’t just a date; it’s a milestone in your financial calendar. Create personalized reminders for essential tax tasks, including filing your 2023 income tax return, addressing extensions, and other critical deadlines. By staying ahead, you’ll navigate tax season with ease and avoid any last-minute pressures.

Understanding Business Return Deadlines for a Smooth Process For small business owners, understanding business return deadlines is key. Mark your calendar for partnership and S corporation deadlines on March 15th, and the calendar-year C corporation deadline on April 15th. Timely submissions ensure a smooth tax season for your business, allowing you to focus on what you do best.

Reviewing Your Child’s Income – A Family Affair Make tax season a family affair by reviewing your child’s income. Evaluate whether your child needs to file a 2023 income tax return, considering income thresholds and the associated tax implications. Taking a proactive approach to your family’s financial situation ensures a well-rounded and informed approach to tax season.

Contributing to Your IRA and HSA – Maximizing Financial Opportunities Seize the opportunity to maximize your financial opportunities by contributing to your IRA and HSA before the April 15th deadline. Understand contribution limits, benefits, and align these contributions with your long-term financial goals. It’s a small step that can have a significant impact on your financial well-being.

Calculating Estimated Tax for Extensions – Planning for Flexibility Consider the option of filing an extension with a clear understanding of its implications. Accurately calculate your 2023 tax liability, ensuring a smooth process. Remember, extensions provide flexibility but require timely submission of payments to avoid penalties.

As we embark on the 2024 tax season, let’s embrace the opportunity to master our finances. With proactive steps, organization, and a keen understanding of key deadlines, you can make this tax season your most successful yet. Remember, our team is here to support you at every stage.


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2023 Tax Season: What You Need to Know

It is that time of year again. Ugh, right?!?! Taxes may not be the most exciting topic, but being informed and prepared can help you avoid any stress or unexpected surprises come tax time. A few changes come with the 2023 tax season. Let’s not waste too much time and dive right in.

  • Standard Deductions Increase: For 2022, the standard deduction increased to $12,950 for single filers and $25,900 for married couples filing jointly. You will have the option of taking the standard deduction or itemizing your deductions, which is calculating your deductions one by one. Itemizing can be complicated, but it is well worth it if they add up to more than the standard deduction.
Filing Status 2021 2022 2023
Single $12,550 $12,950 $13,850
Married Filing Jointly $25,100 $25,900 $27,700
Married Filing Separately $12,550 $12,950 $13,850
Head of Household $18,800 $19,400 $20,800

And to keep you on your toes, might as well know that it will increase again next year. When you file in 2024, it increases to $13,850 for single filers and $27,700 for married couples filing jointly.

Not sure whether or not to take the standard deduction or itemize? Each taxpayer’s situation is different. So please reach out to a trusted tax advisor to assess your situation.

Unfortunately, a lot of the extra added benefits that came with the pandemic in 2021, goes away. The IRS warns us to expect smaller tax refunds in 2023. Two of the biggest reasons are:

  • There were no economic impact payments in 2022, so you won’t get an extra stimulus payment in your 2023 tax refund checks.
  • Expanded tax credits and deductions reverted to their pre-COVID-19 amounts.

Tax Deductions and Credits to Consider for 2023 and 2024

Tax credits can significantly reduce your tax liability. Some common tax credits include the earned income tax credit, the child and dependent care credit, and the American Opportunity Tax Credit. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the tax credits that you may be eligible for and take advantage of them when you file your tax return.

  • Retirement Plans: You can contribute up to $22,500 into 401(k), 403(b) and most 457 plans — $2,000 more than the $20,500 contributions limit for 2022. This can help you save more for retirement which in many cases will help lower your income tax. In addition, the limit on annual contributions to an IRA increased to $6,500 up from $6,000.
  • Charitable Deductions: The $600 charitable deduction for non-itemizers taking the standard deduction is no longer available. Although you can still deduct qualified charitable donations you made in 2022, it is limited to 60% of your adjusted gross income (AGI).
  • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC): The EITC is a refundable credit designed to assist low- and middle income households. In order to qualify in the 2022 tax year, an individual with no children, maximum AGI must be below $16,480, while the max for a married couple with 3 or more children is $59,187.

Maximum Adjusted Gross Income Limits

Dependents Claimed Single, Head of Household or Widowed Married Filing Jointly
0 $16,480 $22,610
1 $43,492 $49,622
2 $49,399 $55,529
3 or more $53,057 $59,187

Maximum EITC Credits

Qualifying Dependents Maximum Credit Amounts
0 $560
1 $3,733
2 $6,164
3 or more $6,935
  • Tax Brackets Increase: Income Tax brackets went up in 2022 to account for inflation. And will increase again next year. For the 2022 tax year, the tax brackets went up a few hundred dollars to account for inflation.
2022 Marginal Tax Rates Single Tax Bracket Married Filing Jointly Tax Bracket
10% $11,000 or less $22,000 or less
12% $11,001 to $44,725 $20,001 to $89,450
22% $44,726 to $95,375 $89,451 to $190,750
24% $95,376 to $182,100 $190,751 to $364,200
32% $182,101 to $231,250 $364,201 to $462,500
35% $231,251 to $578,125 $462,501 to $693,750
37% $578,126 or more $693,751 or more

Although this seems like a lot, this is only some of the major changes you will see this year. In order to feel confident completing your taxes this year, please consult with a trusted tax advisor. If your tax situation is complicated, or if you simply want peace of mind, consider hiring a tax advisor. Here at Giles Consulting, we can help ensure that your tax return is completed accurately and can help you navigate any tax-related questions or issues that you may have.

Some other tips to keep in mind this tax season:

  • Plan for Estimated Tax Payments: If you’re self-employed or have other sources of income that aren’t subject to withholding, you’ll need to make estimated tax payments throughout the year. These payments are used to pay your income and self-employment taxes as you earn income, instead of paying it all at once at tax time. By making estimated tax payments, you can avoid underpayment penalties and ensure that you have enough money to pay your taxes when they are due.
  • Keep Good Records: Good record-keeping is crucial for a successful tax season. Did you keep your receipts? Keeping receipts, invoices, and any other documents that support your income and expenses are very important come tax season. This will make it easier to complete your tax return accurately and to take advantage of any deductions or credits that you may be eligible for.
  • File Electronically: Filing your tax return electronically is not only more convenient, but it can also help you avoid errors and reduce your chances of a tax audit. E-filing is also a faster way to get your refund and eliminates the possibility of your return being lost or delayed in the mail.

To sum it all up, being informed and prepared for the 2023 tax season can help you avoid any stress or surprises. File your taxes with confidence in 2023 avoiding costly mistakes.

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