2014 Personal – EOY tips

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ermine the best course of action
n. TIP #1: MN
• Your M
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deduction. • NOTE: If you are subjject to Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT), you m ay not want to ppay your MN inccome taxes in th
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will apply. TIP #2: STOCK LOSSEES:
• You caan deduct up to $3,000 of stock losses each yeaar. • If you
u have more thaan $3,000 in sto
ock losses, the balance b
will be ccarried forward to 2014 or useed to off‐set futture capital gains. • Capitaal losses can be ccarried forward for 20 years. • Real E
Estate capital gains can offset otther capital losse
• Consid
der taking a capital gain in 2014
4. • If you are in the 15% income tax braccket or less, yourr Federal capitall gain tax rate is Only state tax will apply. 0%. O
• If you are in a 35% taxx bracket or lower, you will have
e a 15% Federal capital gain tax rate, plus your sstate rate. EMBER: If your income is over $250K (MFJ) orr $200K (Single)) – you will havee an additional 3.8 Medicare tax on your • REME
investtment income. TIP #4: CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTTIONS:
• All donations must be
e to a “Qualified Non‐Profit” orgganization. • Cash Contributions: You will need to be sure you
u have a cancelled check for your cash contriibutions or a recceipt. • Non‐C
Cash Contributio
ons: A good way to pick up some tax savinggs is to go throuugh your storagge and donate any unused item
ms (clothing, fu
urniture, etc.) YYou can deductt the fair marke
et value of these
e items donated. Businesss By Design, Inc. | 4918 Lincolnn Drive, Edina, MN 55436 | ph: 952-3992-1200 | faxx: 952-392-12201
• If you make your January mortgage payment in 2014, you will increase your mortgage interest paid in 2014. • The interest you paid thru 12/31 will be on your 2014 form 1098 Mortgage Interest. TIP #6: PRE-PAY REAL ESTATE TAXES:
• You can pay some or all of your 2015 real estate taxes to use as a deduction in 2014. • NOTE: If you are subject to Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT), you may not want to pay your Real Estate in the year the AMT will apply. TIP #7: HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT CONTRIBUTIONS:
• Max out your contribution to your Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and have your medical expenses be deductible for 2014. • Family Plan Max contribution is $6,550. Age 55 and over, Max contribution is $7,550. • Individual Plan Max contribution is $3,300. Age 55 and over, Max contribution is $4,300. • Must be in a “High Deductible” insurance plan by 12/1/14. Please contact your insurance provider to see if you are eligible for an HSA account. ($1,250 Deductible for Single, $2,500 Deductible for Family Plans) • HSA must be opened by 12/31/14. Last day to fund is 4/15/15. • If you have an HSA you should at the minimum contribute to the amount of medical expenses you had during the year 2014. You can reimburse yourself for the amount of expenses you had for the year. • For more information on the benefits of an HSA please contact Business By Design. TIP #8: IRA CONTRIBUTIONS:
• Max contribution is $5,500. If you are over 50, your Max contribution is $6,500. • IRA must be opened and funded by 4/15/15. TIP #9: ROTH IRA CONTRIBUTIONS:
• Max contribution is $5,500. This is a non‐deductible contribution. • If you are age 50 and over, your Max contribution is $6,500. • ROTH IRA must be opened and funded by 4/15/15. • ROTH IRA Phase out starts at $181K ‐ $191K (MFJ). If you make more than this, you can not contribute to a ROTH IRA. TIP #10: ROTH IRA ROLLOVERS AND CONVERSIONS:
• There are no income limits on IRA rollovers to ROTH. • Consider converting some or all of your IRA’s to a ROTH if your income is low in 2014. Business By Design, Inc. | 4918 Lincoln Drive, Edina, MN 55436 | ph: 952-392-1200 | fax: 952-392-1201