Carroll's Tax Service

6986 Kennebec Road, Willow Spring, NC 27592

Tax Tips

Tax laws can be complex. There's much to know to be sure you're doing all you can to get what you deserve. Here are some personal and business tax tips to get you started. We update this information regularly, so check back soon for new tips.

Personal Tax Tips

  • Charitable Donations

    As a donor, you may not deduct labor or time, but you may deduct expenses such as mileage, uniforms, and even the cost of taking underprivileged youth to sporting events or movies.

  • Medical Expenses

    It's difficult to reach the percentage of adjusted gross income you need to spend on medical expenses to be eligible. But if you qualify, you shouldn't overlook all possible expenses. Sometimes, it's even best for married couples to consider filing separately if one partner has high medical bills.

  • Mortgage Interest Points

  • Points paid on a home mortgage are usually deductible as interest.  If the mortgage is for the purchase or improvement of your principal residence, you can either deduct the full amount of the points in the year of payment or, if refinancing, spread out the cost of the points over the life of the loan.

  • Retirement Plan

    One of the most powerful tax shelters available is a qualified retirement plan.  Within certain limits, contributions to fund the plan are immediately tax deductible, plan investment earnings are tax deferred, and plan participants do not have to pay income taxes on benefits until they receive their distributions.

Business Tax Tips

  • Business Automobiles

    You can claim deductions for the business-related use of an auto using either the standard mileage rate method or the actual expense method. You should use the method that will yield the largest deduction.

  • Hiring Your Children

    If you have your own business, consider hiring your child to work after school or on vacations. The wages you pay your child for bona fide work are tax deductible.

  • Home office expenses

    To qualify for a deduction related to an office in the home, you must have an area of your home used exclusively as your principal place of business. This includes a place of business where you meet or deal with patients, clients, or customers.

These are just a few tips to help you, call me today to set up a time to discuss your specific situation and needs.

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