February 4, 2022

February 2022 Newsletter

Here are your Articles for February 4, 2022.
  Duffy Kruspodin, LLP’s News

Taxpayers Beware: Tax season is prime time for phone scams

With the new tax season starting this week, the IRS reminds taxpayers to be aware that criminals continue to make aggressive calls posing as IRS agents in hopes of stealing taxpayer money or personal information.

Here are some telltale signs of a tax scam along with actions taxpayers can take if they receive a scam call.

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Should You Diversify Your Investments with Rental Real Estate?Investors generally strive for a diversified portfolio of assets to hedge against risk. In addition to stocks, bonds and other marketable securities, rental real estate may be a lucrative investment alternative. Is this option right for you — and, if so, how do you pick a winning property? Here’s how to evaluate the financial considerations, including the tax implications, of investing in a rental property.
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DOL Takes Action Against 5 Employers for Federal Labor ViolationsThe U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division recently issued news releases announcing actions against five companies investigated for various violations of federal laws and regulations. The cases involve violations of wage, overtime, tip, record keeping rules and more. Here are the details to help your business stay in compliance.
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  Personal Finance
There’s No Such Thing as a No-Cost MortgageIf you own a home or condo, you likely face a constant barrage of offers to refinance. Many of them probably make enticing promises about low-cost deals or even “no-cost refis.” Don’t you believe it! This article describes many of the fees and other costs baked into every mortgage refinancing arrangement.
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  Personal Tax
Six Key Tax Breaks that Homeowners May Be Able to ClaimOne of the best tax shelters available today is your home. If you’re a homeowner, you can cash in on a bevy of tax breaks, potentially saving thousands of tax dollars or even more. Here are six ways your home may be able to provide tax savings on your federal tax return.
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  Estate Planning
When Heirs Are ImperfectIf you have relatives, perhaps your own children, who have proven they can’t handle money, you may be reluctant to leave them anything in your will. But there are ways to maintain control even after you’re gone. This article provides some ideas to help you structure your bequests in a way that protects your heirs from themselves to some extent.
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