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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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The Benefits of Hiring a Tax Strategist vs. Tax Preparer

When it comes to preparing and filing your taxes, you have two main options: hiring a tax preparer or hiring a tax strategist. Both professionals can help you with your taxes, but they have very different roles and can offer different benefits.

A tax preparer is a professional who assists you with gathering the necessary documents and information to complete your tax return. Then they will use that information to fill out the appropriate forms and file your taxes. Tax preparers are often accountants or bookkeepers who have experience with tax laws and regulations. They can assist you in making sure you have all the required paperwork and can help you identify any mistakes you might have made.

A tax strategist, on the other hand, looks at your overall financial situation and provides advice on how to minimize your tax liability. They look at long-term tax planning and advise on how to maximize your financial condition to minimize your taxes in the future, rather than merely the current year’s taxes. A tax strategist can help you with understanding the tax laws and rules as well as assist you in identifying the appropriate credits and deductions.

Here are some of the benefits of hiring a tax strategist:

  • Tax Minimization: A tax strategist can help you identify tax-saving opportunities that you might not be aware of. They can also help you plan your finances in a way that will minimize your tax liability.
  • Long-Term Planning: A tax strategist can help you with long-term planning. They can advise you on how to manage your finances in order to minimize your taxes in the future.
  • Complex Situations: A tax strategist can help you navigate difficult tax situations, such as owning rental property or running a business. They can advise you on how to structure your finances in a way that will minimize your taxes while still complying with all the relevant laws and regulations.
  • Peace of Mind: Hiring a tax strategist gives you a peace of mind, knowing that your taxes are being handled by a professional who is looking out for your best interests.

In conclusion, while a tax preparer can help you file your taxes correctly, a tax strategist can help you minimize your tax liability and plan for the future. If you want to optimize your finances and reduce your tax burden, it may be worth considering hiring a tax strategist. The great thing about Giles Consulting, you get the best of both worlds. Depending on where you are in your life or your business, we have someone that can cater to all your financial needs.

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