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Commonly Missed Tax Deductions for Stylists, Barbers and Beauty Professionals

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You’re in the world of perfecting your client’s physical appearance whether it is through hair, fashion, or makeup. The last thing you want to worry about is making sure your taxes are prepared correctly and with optimal care. I am definitely aware of this and I always want to make your life easier when it comes to helping you prepare your taxes.

The first thing you will want to do, is to make sure all your documents are in line. On this article I will show you how to get the most business deductions and lower your tax bill.

When preparing for the tax season, please keep in mind that you can write-off expenses that are common for your profession and ones that are necessary to help you run a business.

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Guide to Social Security Benefits

Do You Have to Pay Taxes on Social Security Benefits?

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Question of the Week: Should I file a Tax Return If I Receive Social Security Benefits?

Many people who receive Social Security benefits always wonder if their benefit is taxable and if they should file a tax return. To help answer this question, let’s first determine what Social Security benefits are.

Social Security benefits including the following below and may be taxable:

  • survivor
  • monthly retirement
  • disability benefits

Around tax season, you will receive Form SSA-1099, which will report the total benefits. Read More

Understanding the Tax Reform

Top 12 Things You Must Know About the New Tax Laws | 2018 Tax Reform Explained

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The changes to the new tax law may have you left with many unanswered questions. I want to make sure that you’re able to understand the key points to the new changes in the latest 2018 tax reform.

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How to claim a child as a dependent on taxes.

Best Rules for Claiming a Dependent on Your Tax Return

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Before you get started with your taxes this year, you’ll have to figure out if you can claim the dependent living with you. A dependent can be broken down into 5 main areas which we will discuss on this article. Be sure to go through each scenario to see if your situation qualifies.

Can I claim my child as a dependent?

There are 5 tests that must be met for a child to be considered your qualifying child.

  1. Relationship
  2. Age
  3. Residency
  4. Support
  5. Joint Return

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Claiming tips on tax return.

When and How to Claim Tips on Your Tax Return

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Did you know that all tips received are income and subject to federal income tax?

This includes tips:

  • Received directly
  • Charged tips paid by employer
  • Shared tips received under a tip splitting or tip pooling arrangement
  • The value of non-cash tips, such as tickets, passes, or other items

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