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Spring cleaning: Review your nonprofit’s programs — and possibly replace someHas your not-for-profit’s program lineup remained unchanged for at least a couple of years? If so, consider using the tradition of spring cleaning to review your offerings. Some of your programs might be due for replacement.

Small business owners: A SEP may give you one last 2017 tax and retirement saving opportunity

Small business owners: A SEP may give you one last 2017 tax and retirement saving opportunityAre you a high-income small-business owner who doesn’t currently have a tax-advantaged retirement plan set up for yourself? A Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) may be just what you need, and now may be a great time to establish one. A SEP has high contribution limits and is simple to set up. Best of all, there’s still time to establish a SEP for 2017 and make contributions to it that you can deduct on your 2017 income tax return.

Can you claim your elderly parent as a dependent on your tax return?

Can you claim your elderly parent as a dependent on your tax return?Perhaps. It depends on several factors, such as your parent’s income and how much financial support you provided. If you qualify for the adult-dependent exemption on your 2017 income tax return, you can deduct up to $4,050 per qualifying adult dependent. However, for 2018, under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the dependency exemption is eliminated.

Sec. 179 expensing provides small businesses tax savings on 2017 returns — and more savings in the future

Sec. 179 expensing provides small businesses tax savings on 2017 returns — and more savings in the futureIf you purchased qualifying property by December 31, 2017, you may be able to take advantage of Section 179 expensing on your 2017 tax return. You’ll also want to keep this tax break in mind in your property purchase planning, because the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), signed into law this past December, significantly enhances it beginning in 2018.

Home-related tax breaks are valuable on 2017 returns, will be less so for 2018

Home-related tax breaks are valuable on 2017 returns, will be less so for 2018Home ownership is a key element of the American dream for many, and the U.S. tax code includes many tax breaks that help support this dream. If you own a home, you may be eligible for several valuable breaks when you file your 2017 return. But under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, your home-related breaks may not be as valuable when you file your 2018 return next year.

Tax credit for hiring from certain “target groups” can provide substantial tax savings

Tax credit for hiring from certain “target groups” can provide substantial tax savingsMany businesses hired in 2017, and more are planning to hire in 2018. If you’re among them and your hires include members of a “target group,” you may be eligible for the Work Opportunity tax credit (WOTC). If you made qualifying hires in 2017 and obtained proper certification, you can claim the WOTC on your 2017 tax return.