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Landlord Landlords operate in a unique business environment and need to be aware of all allowable business expenses available to them. Leasing expenses would include advertising, maintenance such as painting, inspections and physical visits to the property.  Maher’s Tax Service has the experience to help you identify all of your business expenses and thus reduce… read more

Salon Owners and Beauticians

Beauticians Beauticians can be employees or self-employed (just not at the same time).  If self-employed, the beautician would either own the shop or work as an employee of the salon owner.  In each of these self-employed situations the beautician must keep accurate records of supplies purchased, supplies used and those remaining at the year’s end,… read more


Realtor Realtors operate in a unique business environment and as a result have unique expenses associated with listing and closing properties.  In addition to advertising, auto mileage and association dues, open house expenses, lock boxes, internet and fax fees should also be considered.  Maher’s Tax Service has the experience to help you identify all of… read more

Retirement Savings

If you contribute to a 401(k) type retirement account there is a limit on the amount you may add to your nest egg.  If you are not yet fifty years old you may contribute up to $18,000.  If  you have attained age fifty you may contribute up to $24,000, providing certain conditions are met. The… read more

Schedule C – Profit or Loss From Business (Sole Proprietorship)

The Schedule C is used to report income or loss from a business you operated or a profession you practiced as a sole proprietor when your primary purpose is to generate income for profit and are involved in this activity with continuity and regularity. Some of the activities falling within this group would be tradesmen… read more

Quarterly Estimated Income Tax Payments

Income subject to this requirement includes self-employment income, interest, dividends, rents and alimony etc. Taxpayers are required to pay their income tax on a quarterly estimated tax basis. The Due Dates are April 15; June 16; September 15 and January 15. Quarterly estimated payments represent not only federal income tax but also your Self-Employment or… read more

Personal Fitness Trainers

If you are a Self Employed Personal Fitness Trainer you need to file Federal Form 1040 Schedule C, state and local income tax returns and are required to make quarterly estimated payments to these taxing authorities. Don’t spend your valuable time trying to prepare your own tax returns and at the end wonder if you… read more

Medical Expenses as Itemized Deductions

The IRS has changed the calculation for Itemized Medical Expenses on Schedule A of Form 1040. For the tax years 2013 and later unreimbursed medical expenses that exceeded 10.0% of the taxpayer’s adjusted gross income are deductible. However, if the taxpayer or spouse is 65 or older, the pre-2013 7.5% floor remains in place until… read more

Fees Paid to Reduce Credit Card Debt

If you paid a Debt Resolution Fee to successfully have your credit card debt reduced, all of the cancelled debt is income and the Debt Resolution Fee may be used as an itemized deduction subject to the 2% of your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI).  For example, if your AGI is $10,000, fore the Debt Resolution Fee… read more

2015 Tax Brackets for Married Filing Jointly and Surviving Spouses

Regular Tax Rates on Ordinary Income. For Married Filing Jointly and Surviving Spouses the taxable income and applicable rates are: from $0 to $18,150                 10% from $18,150 to $74,000       15% from $74,900 to $151,200     25% from $151,200 to $230,450   28% from $230,450 to $411,500   33% from $411,500 to $464,850   35% Over $464,850  … read more